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Motherwell 0-1 Accies, 22nd August

Accies media website reporter Mark Gillespie was at Fir Park for our Lanarkshire derby day win on Saturday…

SPFL Premiership,

Fir Park, Motherwell

Saturday 22nd August 2020, kick off  3pm

 Motherwell 0 Hamilton Academical 1

 

A bullish Brian Rice stood up for his players after Hakeem Odoffin’s late header secured our first points of the new season. It’s now three wins from the last four visits to Fir Park. We move up to 9th spot, leapfrogging our local rivals. The boss says his players provided the perfect response to recent media coverage.

“We’ve been battered about recently. I’m reading about wretched starts to the season and all this. Other teams will lose five at Parkhead this season. It’s the same guys who keep writing us off. We will just keep doing it.”

“I think it’s time I stood up for my club. We’re the smallest club in the league but I’ve got players who will run through a brick wall. That’s all I can ask”, he said post match.

“Today, I thought Motherwell were the better team first half, no qualms. Johnson, Marios and Templeton haven’t had much football yet which was a worry for me. I thought when we changed the shape in the second half and brought the young ones on, they got us up the pitch with their energy and enthusiasm. Not, just that though. They can play.”

“We got some dangerous crosses in before we scored. Hakeem had just missed one that was easier to score. He deserved it today. Since he came into the club a month ago he’s been immense. He’s only 22 and he’s a leader.”

Accies made two changes from last week. Justin Johnson also came in for his first league start, along with Marios Ogkmpoe, with Andy Winter and Lewis Smith making way. Motherwell were unchanged from the side which drew last time out Easter Road.

Accies were out for a repeat of the dominant new year win. The star of that day David Moyo partnered Marios Ogkmpoe up top as we tried to win the early physical battles. The big Greek almost out muscled ex Accies youth Declan Gallagher in the box on 12 minutes, winning a header but couldn’t force home at the second attempt.

Accies saw a series of early set piece opportunities come and go before sensational cross field ball from Templeton then sent Johnson through on 17 minutes. Carson was quick off his line to block.

We had started sharp, but Motherwell slowly started to string the passes together and create openings. Alan Campbell and Seedorf tested Fulton’s handling inside 20 minutes, before Mark O’Hara’s shot deflected wide on 31 minutes. Fulton then went on to have a personal duel with David Turnbull, firstly down well to turn a 25 yarder round the post on 29 minutes.

Johnson went off on 37 minutes, Lewis Smith the replacement, with Motherwell on the front foot towards the break. Fulton again denied Turnbull on 43 minutes, tipping behind a close range header from Ricky Lamie’s cut back.

The hosts tried to maintain the intensity after half time. It was Turnbull v Fulton again on 50 minutes, this time a powerful 20 yarder tipped over the bar. Motherwell threw numbers and subs forward but, apart from Turnbull looked to be running out of ideas.

Accies had to change something and sensed an opportunity.  We had made all five allotted changes with 25 minutes left. And it did the trick, as we quickly started to carve out openings with Motherwell vulnerable from out wide.

A first sitter was passed up on 72 minutes, Callachan with the goal at his mercy after O’Donnell has misjudged a cross into the box. Somehow he couldn’t poke home. Odoffin then was inches from connecting with a Smith cross at point blank range a minute later. Again, the big defender was in the right place, with seven minutes left, but just unable to connect with a Lewis Smith corner to the far post.

Accies hoped for one more chance, and it was third time lucky with four minutes left. This time Odoffin made no mistake, sub Regan Mimnaugh providing the perfect corner delivery to bullet home his first goal for the club from close range.

 

Motherwell: Carson, Lamie, Campbell (Hastie, 80)  O’Hara, Turnbull, White (Long, 60), Mugabi, Seedorf (Watt, 80), Lang (Hylton, 54), Gallagher, O’Donnell; Subs Unused: Morrison, Grimshaw, Maguire, Polworth, Robinson,

Bookings: O’Donnell, 80, Gallagher, 81

Accies: Fulton, Odoffin, McMann (c), Martin (Mimnaugh, 66), Ogkmpoe (Winter, 66), Templeton (Trafford, 54), Want, Moyo (C Smith, 66), Hodson, Callachan, Johnson (L Smith, 34); Subs Unused: Gourlay, Hamilton, Fjortoft, Owalabi

Goal: Odoffin, 85

Bookings: Templeton, 46

 

Referee: Alan Muir Assistants: Sean Carr & Ross MacLeod; 4th Official: David Lowe

 

 

 

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