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Accies 1-1 Hibernian – 25th November

We picked up a point against Hibernian at NDP on Saturday afternoon, Antonio Rojano heading in David Templeton’s chipped ball forward in the 71st minute.

Simon Murray had earlier given the capital side a 28th minute lead.

Scott McMann and Massimo Donati both made their 50th appearances for the club in this game.

Mark Gillespie gives us his report

Ladbrokes Premiership
Super Seal Stadium
Saturday 25th November 2017, 3.00 pm
Hamilton Academical 1 Hibernian 1

Antonio Rojano’s second half header was our only effort on goal, but rescued a point from an otherwise bruising encounter. After the historic victory at Ibrox, this was another reminder of what it takes to grind out results, week to week. Accies were far from their best but managed to salvage what could be an important result come the end of the season.

A frustrated Hibs manager Neil Lennon will no doubt grab the headlines with his thoughts on Accies’ physical approach in the second half. Martin Canning admits the scoreline flatters his side, but knows all too well how it feels to come out of a game feeling hard done by.

“For us it’s definitely a point gained.” he said post match. “We’ve managed to get a point from a game which in the past we’d probably have lost. There’s been games this season where losing has been hard on us. I thought today we were fortunate to get anything if I’m honest.”

“That was as poor as we’ve passed the ball this season. It was incredible how sloppy we were in possession. I wasn’t happy at all at half time and let the players know how I felt. I thought in the second half, although it wasn’t a great spectacle, we changed the shape, limited them to fewer chances, and managed to get the goal.”

Rojano’s second goal for the club was a special piece of individual skill, and a reward for the hard work Canning has seen from his front two players in recent weeks.

“At the top end of the pitch with Temps and Rojano we now have that bit of quality to get something. When you look at the goal, it was out of nothing really. Antonio had a lot to do and it was a fantastic header.”

“You can’t question Antonio’s or Temps’ work rate for the team. Today they were feeding off scraps, and it was a fantastic spot by Temps to pick him out for the goal.”

“I think Antonio’s benefited from having the prolonged spell out when we couldn’t register him. It has allowed him to settle into life in Scotland. He has got to know the boys without the expectation of instantly having to produce performances.”

To add to the feelgood factor from Ibrox, there was plenty optimism with Accies undefeated against the Hibees in three matches. The Accies boss stuck with continuity from last week, the only change seeing Georgios Sarris replace the suspended Alex Gogic at the back. Neil Lennon meanwhile made two changes from the defeat to St Johnstone, with Steven Whittaker and Dylan McGeouch replacing David Gray and Anthony Stokes.

With few opportunities early on, Hibs began to find their feet after 20 minutes, Accies giving possession away and enabling the visitors to get players forward into wide areas. At the other end Rojano and Templeton provided one or two flashes, but it was a quick Hibs counter that opened the scoring on 28 minutes, Brandon Barker breaking up an Accies attack and bursting through the middle to play in Simon Murray. Woods couldn’t do much as Murray flashed an unstoppable shot past him for the breakthrough.

It seemed to give Hibs a swagger as they kept possession and found width to their play, Accies struggling to match the movement of McGeough and Boyle. The two linked up on 34 minutes with Accies escaping further damage, as Boyfrom the edge of the box.

Gary Woods came to the rescue again on 40 minutes, punching over a powerful John McGinn effort, as the Hibs confidence grew. Hibs will have been frustrated not to have put the game beyond Accies, with Accies hoping to regroup for the second 45.

Instead the sloppy Accies play continued early into the second half, but Hibs still couldn’t capitalise. Murray should have done better on 52 minutes, with a free header just over from Boyle’s cross. Two minutes later, Woods blocked a McGeouch effort from point blank range as the momentum continued.

But we gradually started to match up better in midfield and restrict Hibs. Danny Redmond came on to try and build more play in the Hibs half, and we started to see more of Templeton and Rojano up front. The equaliser arrived on 71 minutes, Templeton showing great vision to pick out his strike partner with an inch perfect ball over the top. The Argentine met it perfectly to head into Marciano’s far corner.

Hibs rallied to put us under pressure into the closing stages. A 25 yard Stevenson effort could have won it on 84 minutes, Woods equal to it to touch wide. But Accies will take a point to stay eighth in the table complete an undefeated month of November.

Accies: Woods, Skondras, McMann,  Tomas (Donati, 90+2),  Imrie (c), Docherty, Templeton, MacKinnon, Rojano (Bingham 85), Lyon (Redmond 56), Sarris
Subs Unused: Gillespie, Fulton, Biabi, Cunningham

Hibernian: Marciano, Whittaker, Ambrose, Hanlon, Stevenson, Boyle, Bartley, McGinn, Barker (Slivka, 80), McGeough (Matulevicius,90), S Murray (Shaw, 85)
Subs Unused: Dabrowski, McGregor, F Murray, Porteous

Referee: Don Robertson, Assistants: Alastair Mather, Mark McLean, Fourth Official: Willie Collum

Accies Bookings : MacKinnon, 21, Lyon, 43, McMann, 76, Imrie, 77, Tomas, 90+1

Hibernian Bookings : McGinn, 60




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