By Derek Clark at Tannadice
Hamilton came from behind to record their first victory in over two months as Dundee United were left to rue a series of missed opportunities.
It was all going so well for the Tangerines when Billy McKay fired an angled shot past Michael McGovern after a neat pass from Blair Spittal on the 28th minute.
The United duo combined two minutes later, this time McKay played Spittal through on goal but McGovern did well to stop.
The Accies keeper came to the rescue on a number of occasions, denying John Rankin and two glaring chances for McKay.
Dundee United were left to rue those opportunities when Hamilton equalised on 69 minutes. An Ali Crawford corner struck Gavin Gunning and found the bottom corner.
And the visitors took the lead 10 minutes later when Ziggy Gordon fired a rare left-footed strike into the corner after Grant Gillespie had an initial shot blocked.
Accies boss Martin Canning was delighted with the win that moves them up to fifth in the table.
“I didn’t think we battled hard enough in the first half. The second half was different, I thought we battled well and over the piece its a great three points for us.”
Dundee United boss Mixu Paatelainen was a prolific centre-forward in his day but was scathing in his striker’s inability to convert a number of glaring chances.
“We should have put this game to bed. We had chance after chance after chance so our strikers must look in the mirror and realise they should have scored more goals today.”