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Accies 1-0 Kilmarnock, 5th December

First league win since September, and first home league win since the last pre pandemic game in March, also against Killie!

Our Accies media website reporter Martin McConnell was at NDP on Saturday…

SPFL Premiership

Foys Stadium, New Douglas Park, Hamilton

Saturday, 5th December 2020, kick off 3pm.

Hamilton Academical 1 Kilmarnock 0

We moved a couple of places into tenth after a narrow and much needed 1-0 victory.  We now find ourselves two points in front of St. Mirren and one clear of Ross County. Killie on the other hand remain seventh, just three points in front of Accies.

It was a scrappy game in which both teams struggled to create many chances. However, Accies did get a lift when the visitors went down to ten men and went on to exploit our advantage in the second half. We went in front on 72 minutes when Ross Callachan struck from the penalty spot.

Accies boss Brian Rice said, “Today was about kicking on from the Aberdeen and Dundee United performances and I thought that we did that. Especially in the second half. I know they were down to ten men but it can be difficult against ten. We kept a clean sheet and it was a good day for us, a good week.”

And when asked about the sides recent stability, “That’s what a manager or head coach wants. They want continuity and being fair to the boys they’ve not had that. We’ve had the Covid situation and we’ve had loads of injuries but we’re now getting boys back and they’re fighting for their places in the team.

We’re working really, really hard on the training pitch and have an idea of where we want to go and it’s going to take time. The signs are that it’s improving.”

Hamilton made a single change to the side that drew with Aberdeen ten days ago, it came up front with David Moyo replacing the injured Marios Ogkmpoe (cartilage injury). Killie made three changes, with Dikamona replacing the suspended Findlay in defence then Power and Kiltie replacing McKenzie and Dicker in the midfield.

Both sides had early attempts on goal, Callum Smith putting one over after out fighting a defender near the corner of the six yard box. Then former Accie Eamonn Brophy curled a strike wide from 18 yards. Brophy again fired wide, this time from a free kick outwith the area.

After a fairly languid spell the game burst into life when Clevid Dikamona was shown a straight red card for serious foul play. The defender slid in low with two feet showing as he and Scott Martin went in for a challenge. Nothing came from the free kick in midfield but Kabamba then went close from a Pinnock free kick.

Kilmarnock claimed for a penalty when a Pinnock cross seemed to strike the hand of Lee Hodson. Anyway, referee William Collum thought nothing of it and waved their appeals away.

Hamilton raced out of the blocks early in the second half when Power blocked a cross out for an Accies corner. The corner was taken short for Nathan Thomas where he cut inside to unleash a strike from the corner of the box. Rodgers did very well to save with an obstructed view.

A decent chance then fell for Scott Martin on the edge of the penalty area. He seemed to stab at the ball after taking a good first touch before putting it over the cross bar.

Accies began to make a modest impression with their up front play as Killie began to feel the strain of being down to ten men. Accies won their spot kick from such an attack when a Callachan shot from inside the box struck the hand of Haunstrup. Callachan calmly struck straight down the middle.

Scott McMann had an attempt firstly blocked, then the follow up saved by the ‘keeper after the initial work was started by Thomas. The winger greatly impressed since being introduced to the game, bringing a much needed creativity that Accies had lacked in the first half.

Accies: Fulton, Odoffin, McMann, Stirling, Easton (c), S Martin, A Martin, Moyo, Hodson (Thomas 54), C Smith(Owolabi 62), Callachan. Subs Unused: Gourlay, Hamilton, Trafford, Hughes, Mimnaugh, Winter, Munro.

Goal: Callachan 72 penalty.

Cautions: Fulton, Stirling, Owolabi.

Kilmarnock: Rodgers, McGowan, Broadfoot, Dikamona, Haunstrup, Power, Kiltie (Whitehall 84), Tshibola, Pinnock, Brophy, Kabamba.Subs Unused:Doyle, Waters, Taylor, Mulumbu, McKenzie.

Cautions: McGowan, Haunstrap.

Red card: Dikamona

Referee: Willie Collum. Assistants: Frankie Connor & Steven Traynor. 4th Official: Graham Beaton.


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