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St Mirren 1-1 Accies, 17th February

Accies media reporter Martin McConnell viewed Wednesday’s match, here is the report….

SPFL Premiership

New St Mirren Park,  Paisley

on Wednesday, 17 th February 2021, kick off 6pm.

St. Mirren 1 Hamilton Academical 1

This was a match that was postponed on 24th October, subsequently awarded 3-0 to Accies, then following an appeal St Mirren were fined and the game ordered to be played as normal.

We earned another precious point in our bid to remain in the top
flight of Scottish football after fighting back from 1-0 down away at St.
Mirren. We remain eleventh but are now equal with tenth placed Killie
on 24 points with a game in hand and four behind Motherwell.

The first half remained goalless before the home side took the lead
thanks to Ilkay Durmus driven shot early in the second. Accies levelled
quarter of an hour later when on loan Dons ace Bruce Anderson struck
for the second successive match.

Head Coach Brian Rice said afterwards, “It’s a really good point. First
half we were kicking straight in to a gale force wind and St. Mirren had
lots of possession. Second half when we turned around, we had lots of
possession.
I think it’s a thoroughly deserved point. We might have snatched it right
at the end when Marios had a really good chance but it was a fine save
by the goal keeper.”

He thinks Bruce Anderson has been a great success since arriving,
saying “I’m absolutely delighted with the lad. He’s enjoying his football,
you can see it. You know, I can see it in his face and his body language.
He’s doing exactly what I want him to do. Come in, play with a smile on
his face, try and score goals and help us. I think he’s doing everything
I’ve asked of him and more.”

Accies fielded the same side that beat Motherwell 4-1 at the weekend whilst the Buddies
named four changes to the side that started in the goalless draw against
Aberdeen.

In a largely competitive first half in the windy Paisley conditions, St.
Mirren looked the more likely of the sides to score especially as the half
worn on.

Marios Ogkmpoe got a strike off on goal inside the first minute, when his
scuffed effort from the edge of the box was easily held by Alnwick
between the sticks for St. Mirren.

Erahon then played Durmus on with a fantastic ball through to the left
of the box leaving the midfielder with only Fulton between him and the
goal. His shot across goal was heading in at the back post but Fulton got
a touch before the ball was cleared.

We lost Aaron Martin through a foot injury and he was replaced by namesake Scott Martin who found himself cautioned within a minute for a late challenge.

They went closer still when a corner to the back post was put back into
the mix by Obika. The ball struck Easton on the back of the head before
striking the bar and then touched over to safety by Fulton.
The Accies ‘keeper was having a good game and made another decent
save, this time when Tait stuck out his foot to sneak the ball in at the
post from a McAllister’s cross.

Hamilton started the second half the better of the two and had a chance
when McMann put a good ball in to the centre of the penalty area.
Anderson rose to meet it unchallenged but got under it slightly and
headed over the bar.

The deadlock was broken minutes later when a ball forward was
gathered inside the box by Obika then played back for McAllister on the
18 yard line. Trafford blocked his route so the ball was played along the
line for Durmus to take a touch and successfully drive low for the
opener for the home team.

Accies weren’t down for long. McMann delivered a cross in to the six
yard box. The clearance was poor and Callachan managed to head back
for Anderson to spin and strike on the first time of asking. The netbound shot
deflected off Shaughnessy to wrong foot the ‘keeper for the equaliser on 67 minutes.

A fine move started by Hamilton’s challenge on Erahon sent Callachan
free down the right. His ball inside was guided perfectly by Scott Martin
through for Ogkmpoe wide right to then run in on goal. The shot when it
came was accurate but well blocked as the ‘keeper raced out early.

St. Mirren: Alnwick, Tait (Connolly 84), Shaughnessy, McCarthy, Obika,
McAllister, Durmus, MacPherson, Fraser, Erwin (Flynn 77), Erahon.
Subs Unused: Lyness, Urminsky, Finlayson, Henderson, Jamieson.
Goals: Durmus 53.
Cautions: Fraser, Shaughnessy.

Accies: Fulton, Odoffin, McMann, Easton (c), Hamilton, Anderson (Moyo
89), Ogkmpoe, Trafford (Hughes 80), A Martin (S Martin 24), Hodson,
Callachan. Subs Unused: Gourlay, Stirling, Mimnaugh, Winter, Munro,
C Smith.
Goals: Anderson 68.
Cautions: S Martin.

Referee: Steven McLean. Assistants: Daniel McFarlane & Stuart Stevenson. 4th official: Steven Reid

 

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