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Ray McKinnon: "We were running on empty"

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon admits that his side ran out of steam after they were denied an immediate return to the Scottish Premiership.

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon has admitted that his side were "running on empty" as they lost out to Hamilton Academical in the playoff finals of the Scottish Premiership.

The Terrors finished third in the Scottish Championship and had already seen off Greenock Morton and Falkirk in two-legged ties ahead of their encounter with the Accies.

After a goalless first leg at Tannadice, a solitary goal from Greg Docherty was enough to settle the score in Hamilton's favour as McKinnon's men were denied an immediate bounce back to the top flight.

"The six games has taken its toll, no doubt about it," he told BBC Sport afterwards. "It was an evenly-contested game but you could see the legs were gone in the second half. We didn't have the same intensity to our pressing.

"We were running on empty and unfortunately we've just come up short at the final hurdle.

"We have to work hard over the summer to attract better quality than we've got. We've started the recruitment process well with James Keatings and Billy King. If we can maintain that standard, we'll give ourselves a great chance next season."

Victory for United's opponents today guaranteed them an unprecedented fourth consecutive season in the Premiership.


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General view of Tannadice Park Dundee taken prior to the SPL match from between Dundee United and Dundee, Tannadice Park Dundee on August 19, 2012
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1Ayr United139312391430
2Ross County136612271524
3Dundee UnitedDundee Utd135531614220
4Inverness Caledonian ThistleInverness133100149519
5Greenock MortonMorton134631719-218
6Dunfermline AthleticDunfermline134541217-517
7Queen of the SouthQotS133641914515
8Partick Thistle133371020-1012
9Alloa AthleticAlloa13076617-117
10FalkirkFalkirk13139619-136

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