A clinical Partick Thistle put Hamilton to the sword on a night Accies fans will long to forget.
Doubles from Zak Rudden and Brian Graham helped the Jags to an emphatic 6-1 victory at New Douglas Park, with goals from Scott Tiffoney and Connor Murray rounding up the scoring.
David Moyo was able to nod in the latest of consolations, but Stuart Taylor’s side were unable to stop the league’s top scoring team in their rampant form.
It was the worst start for Accies, conceding after only six minutes. A corner to the front post was not dealt with and a flying boot from Zak Rudden sent the ball into the net. However, he also caught Kevin Holt and the Jags left-back could not continue.
Despite the scoreline, Accies created plenty of chances and had the better of the play for the remainder of the first-half.
Firstly, Shaun Want looped a header towards goal before Andy Ryan’s half-chance – the skipper failing to get on the end of a Josh Mullin cross.
Brian Graham almost doubled Thistle’s lead after 26 minutes, connecting well to a left-hand cross, but his header could only drift inches wide of the post.
Mullin would go close himself, charging towards the edge of the box and unleashing a powerful drive that only found the arms of Jamie Sneddon in the Jags’ goal.
That first-half dominance was futile without a goal and Thistle punished the home side to full effect in the second.
Luke Matheson had a chance for his first Accies goal, shooting wide from a narrow angle, before Thistle put Accies to the sword in some fashion.
Brian Graham doubled the lead after good work from Scott Tiffoney, who powered along the byline and drilled the ball into the box for Graham to tap in.
Five minutes later, they had their third. Graham was again a presence in the box, holding up the ball from a throw before laying it on a plate for Zak Rudden to finish from close range.
It was 4-0 on the hour mark. Tiffoney turned from provider to goalscorer after he played a nice one-two with Graham, putting him clear through and slotting past the helpless Fulton.
Controversy followed the fourth. After a few full-blooded challenges in the midfield, a scuffle broke out between the two sides with much pushing and shoving involved. The referee, Euan Anderson, took a lenient approach and no one received their marching orders.
However, it wouldn’t take long for the visitors to find a fifth. A through ball from Rudden split the Accies defence – high up the pitch looking for a way back into the game – and substitute Conor Murray hared down on goal, calmly finishing to make it 5-0.
Every time Thistle attacked they looked like scoring, and they did so again through Brian Graham, netting his second. After great footwork from Tiffoney saw his shot come off the post, Graham was on hand to tap in the rebound.
Accies gained a crumb of comfort when David Moyo was able to head in from a corner, but the game was long lost by that point.
Hamilton: Fulton; Matheson, Popescu, Want, MacDonald; Virtanen, Hughes, Mullin; Redfern, Ryan ©, Smith
Subs: Hilton; Stirling, Easton, Hamilton, Moyo, Munro, McGowan
Partick Thistle: Sneddon; Foster, Mayo, Akinola, Holt; Tiffony, Bannigan, Docherty, Smith; Rudden, Graham
Subs: McCready; Turner, Gordon, McKenna, Murray, MacIver, Hastie
Referee: Euan Anderson
Assistants: Ralph Gordon, Calum Doyle