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Accies 0-0 Partick Thistle, 24th October

Reporter Martin McConnell with Tuesday’s goalless draw details

Ladbrokes Premiership

The SuperSeal Stadium

Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 7.45pm.

Hamilton Academical 0 Partick Thistle 0

After 90 minutes of football that was probably more than even a purist could take any joy from, you know it was poor when most of the post-match chat was directed toward the penalty shouts that both sides felt that they had. But on a more positive note, both sides did keep a clean sheet. Accies moving one place up to ninth and Thistle finally moved off the bottom.

Martin Canning’s thoughts were clear on the penalty incidents,  “I think we should have had two. I think Rojano’s was inside the area and Greg Docherty was manhandled to the ground. So, I think that they were both penalties. I haven’t seen there’s back, but I think they said that there were two hand balls, but it looked as if it was close in terms of the proximity of the player to the ball, but again, I don’t know if it hit his hand or not.”

And on the game he added, “It was one of those games where I feel for you having to watch it, and to be honest there wasn’t much quality from both the teams. No one played with any sort of fluency or controlled the game at any point, it was very nervy and very bitty. But the pleasing thing for me in a tight game like that with not a lot in it, was that we were able to keep a clean sheet and nobody has switched off and made a mistake, which has cost us of late.”

The first half was hard to watch at times, especially the last 20 or 25 minutes, though the Jags edged proceedings after striking the post and forcing a couple of decent saves from Gary Woods. Greg Docherty and Antonio Rojano both struck wide of goal, but Accies will certainly feel aggrieved that neither Docherty or Rojano managed to win a spot kick.

The second 45 definitely had a bit more life about it, but the quality from both Accies and Thistle was very poor. Again, Thistle struck the woodwork from a cross and put the Hamilton defence under quite a bit of pressure at times, but the back four handled themselves well and Gary Woods dealt with everything in and around his goal line.

Accies boss Martin Canning made three changes to his starting line-up, with Gary Woods, Ioannis Skondras and Antonio  Rojano starting in place of Ryan Fulton, Darren Lyon and Rakish Bingham. Thistle were without Andy McCarthy, Chris Erskine and Connor Sammon, starting in their place were Miles Storey, Blair Spittal and Kris Doolan.

The first ten minutes or so were edged by Thistle, doing well to get the ball into the Accies penalty area with nothing to show for their efforts apart from a comfortable Gary Woods save from a speculative Daniel Devine shot from distance. From Accies side of things, Antonio Rojano shot low and wide of goal from the edge of the 18-yard line.

With just under twenty minutes played, a low Kris Doolan strike came off the post. Miles Storey ran in for the rebound, but the ball was cleared out of the penalty area, where it sat up nicely for Paul McGinn to drive a low shot at goal and force another save from Gary Woods. Moments later, Accies felt aggrieved when they weren’t awarded a penalty when Turnbull appeared to hold back Greg Docherty.

After a 20-minute barren spell that would have tested the patience of a saint, and with seconds of the first half left to play, Hamilton felt hard done by for a second time when referee Steven McLean cautioned Devine for a shoulder charge on Rojano. He awarded the free kick right on the edge of the penalty area rather than inside, but it must have been marginal. Steven Boyd then swung the ball in at the near post where Dougie Imrie headed wide of target.

Four minutes into the second half and David Templeton came on for Steven Boyd, the winger had an immediate impact and shot just wide of goal from the corner of the Thistle box. Although the game remained lack lustre, Accies were now contributing a good bit more to the game and it felt as if their efforts might have a bearing on the game.

Then as if on cue, Thistle put the Accies goal under quite a bit of sustained pressure, winning a series of corners, forcing goal line saves and clearances, as well as a cross that struck the cross bar. The Hamilton defence put a shift in dealing with the Thistle threat, and to their credit, they dealt with everything that Thistle threw at them.

Accies had a decent chance of their own toward the end of the game when Ioannis Skondras played the ball into space at the corner for Rojano to cross low into the corner of the six-yard box. Bingham slid in a touched it toward goal, but the ball was cleared away for Skondras to attempt a trade mark shot that flew just wide of goal. 

Accies: Woods, Skondras, McMann, Tomas (Donati 75), Imrie (c), Docherty, Gogic, Biabi (Bingham 66), MacKinnon, Rojano, S Boyd (Templeton 49). Subs Unused: Jamieson, Longridge, Lyon, Ferguson.

Cautions: Boyd.

Thistle: Cerny, Turnbull, Keown, Spittal, Doolan, Lawless, Barton, Devine, McGinn, Edwards, Storey. Subs Unused: Scully, Erskine, Nitriansky, Sammon, Nisbet, Fraser.

Cautions: Devine, Turnbull.

Referee: Steven McLean. Assistants: Frankie Connor & Stuart Hodge. 4th Official: Gavin Ross.

Attendance: 2286.

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