Norwich City pals set for play-off duel
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Remi Matthews and Tony Andreu will go head-to-head for their respective loan clubs in a play-off shoot-out to earn a place in the Scottish Premiership next season.
Matthews kept a clean sheet for Hamilton in a 4-0 league win over Dundee on Saturday which consigned Inverness to relegation and earned Alex Neil's old club one last shot at survival.
The Accies must now get the better of Andreu's Dundee United in a two-legged play-off, with the first leg this Thursday at Tannadice, after Andreu helped the Terrors beat Falkirk 4-3 on aggregate at the weekend to emerge from the Championship play-off pack.
Andreu has been a revelation during a season-long loan stint for the Tangerines, scoring 19 goals in 40 appearances, and inspiring Dundee United to a Scottish League Challenge Cup victory earlier in the season.
Highly-rated young keeper Matthews returned to the Accies' line up for the run in following a four-month spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
Hamilton captain Michael Devlin admits the stakes are massive ahead of this week's double header, after Accies' biggest win of the season.
'It's the players' livelihoods that are at stake, so we have to raise the players for these games,' he said. 'If we want to stay in the Premiership and continue as professional footballers at this club we need to do everything we can to stay up, it's as simple as that.
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'Contractually I don't know what the situation is with a lot of the boys, but we're fighting for our jobs here. We want to stay in the Premiership, we want to represent this club and we want to keep the club where we think it should be.'
United boss Ray McKinnon believes his Championship side may have the edge.
'I don't think they will want to play us because we're definitely a team in form,' he said. 'I think we should have won the last 10 games and we've hit form at the right time. The benefit for us is that Hamilton hadto play their strongest team this weekend, so we will have an extra day of recovery on them. It's on to next week now but I don't sense fatigue among the boys.'
The second leg return is at Hamilton on Sunday, May 28.