Accies media’s web reporter Mark Gillespie was at Fir Park for our great win on Saturday…
at Fir Park, Motherwell,
on Saturday, 13th February, 2021, kick off 3pm
Motherwell 1 Hamilton Academical 4
We lifted ourselves off the bottom in style with goals from Anderson, Callachan, Ogkmpoe and Moyo and thus secured a third straight win in the derby. It’s also a record third straight win in Motherwell, the first time we have also beaten Motherwell three times in the same season, and the first time we have had three successive victories in the derby since period between 1911-12.
Mark O’Hara’s spot kick consolation came as too little, too late for the hosts.
A blistering opening half hour paved the way, Accies racing to a three goal lead by half time. Brian Rice says there’s more to come from his side after impressive back to back displays.
“After last week I was desperate to get back on the pitch. The next game after one against the old firm is always a worry. You get all these pats on the back and it sometimes affects you”, the Accies boss said post-match.
“Today’s as good as we’ve played passing the ball, but I thought every aspect of our game was really good today. It’s not often people say it’s us playing good football. It’s usually the other team not turning up or something. I don’t think you can take anything away from us today.”
“I believe in the players. What you saw today is how we train. They’re giving me and the club everything. They know what it will take for us to stay in this league. It’s going to take performance like that.”
“The biggest game of the season’s the next game. We’ll enjoy it tonight and get ready for Wednesday. Hopefully, it’s just the start of things to come.”
The same eleven were raring to go again for the short trip across Lanarkshire as we named an unchanged side. The hosts went with just one change from their win at Kilmarnock in midweek, Mark O’Hara replacing Robbie Crawford.
Accies set out with the same positivity as the Rangers game, back to front. A solid back three with Odoffin anchoring the midfield allowed Scott McMann and Lee Hodson to bomb down either flank. Callachan, Ogkmpoe and Anderson look to be developing a real understanding in attack.
It took them six minutes to cut the home defence open with a slick passing move for the opener. McMann found space down the left to play in Callachan to cut back for Anderson to slot his first goal for the club. Great cheers from the Accies officials and staff present.
Motherwell looked for an immediate response, Aaron Martin blocking a Devanti Cole effort tw minutes later. It was about as close as they would come all day and it was soon about to go from bad to worse for them as Accies streamed forward looking likelier to double the lead.
The second almost came on 12 minutes, McMann picking out Anderson in the box, his shot deflected wide. Ogkmpoe headed over two minutes later, as Hodson supplied from the opposite flank.
You could sense the confidence and Accies were two goals and a man up on 18 minutes. Stephen O’Donnell was deemed to have denied a clear or obvious goalscoring opportunity as he held back Callachan in the six yard box after an Anderson flick on. The Motherwell captain saw red. Ross Callachan then stayed cool after his first spot kick was chopped off following what appeared a mix up between referee and 4th official as O’Donnell was still walkng off the park when the ref blew for Callachan to take it. But Callachan then beat Kelly at the second attempt.
The disjointed hosts had to reshuffle and struggled to contain the red and white tide. Accies soon completed a dream half hour with another sweeping foray into the box, Ogkmpoe playing a one two with Anderson to sweep low past Kelly from just inside the penalty area.
We were almost out of sight before the break, Jamie Hamilton flicking a McMann corner just wide on 38 minutes. The only downside was injury to Charlie Trafford two minutes from the break. Scott Martin came off the bench as a ready made replacement.
It was a second half of fewer chances but fellow sub David Moyo made sure of the points on 63 minutes, with virtually his first touch of the ball. Again, McMann was the creator from wide, picking out the front man in the box to volley low first time past Kelly.
The hosts managed a late consolation four minutes later, Easton adjudged to have fouled Cole right on the line. O’Hara stepped up to beat Fulton. Motherwell then saw their manager dismissed from the technical area (having also been yellow carded in the first half), and they then just wanted full time top come as we coasted to our biggest win at Fir Park since September 2014.
Motherwell: Kelly, O’Donnell, Carroll, Mugabi (Johnston, 69), Lamie, O’Hara, Maguire, Campbell, Watt, Long (Magloire, 38 ), Cole; Subs Unused: Morrison, Hastie, Crawford, Cornelius, Polworth, MacIver, Roberts
Goals: O’Hara (pen, 67)
Bookings: Watt, 52, Magloire, 82 Maguire, 90+1
Red Card: O’Donnell, 18
Accies: Fulton, Hodson, McMann, Easton (c) (Stirling, 68 ), A Martin, Odoffin, Trafford (S Martin, 43), Callachan, Ogkmpoe (Moyo, 61), Anderson (Winter, 68) ; Subs Unused: Gourlay, Mimnaugh, Hughes, Munro, C Smith,
Goals: Anderson, 6, Callachan (pen), 18, Ogkmpoe, 30, Moyo, 63
Bookings: Ogkmpoe, 61, S Martin, 71, A Martin 90+2