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Scottish Cup – Motherwell 2-0 Accies

We lost 2-0 at Fir Park on Saturday (20th January) in the 4th round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

An early own goal from Scott McMann, followed by a 34th minute penalty were enough to send our rivals through to the next round.

18 year old midfielder Lewis Ferguson, son of ex Accie Derek (who was part of Radio Scotland’s commentary team at the game) made his debut for us, having been an unused sub in recent weeks.  Out suspended was Ioannis Skondras, while on the injured list were Ali Crawford, Michael devlin, Greg Docherty and Antonio Rojano. New recruit Chrysovalantis Kozoronis wasn’t included, but is available for this week’s games v Hearts and Dundee.

Web reporter Mark Gillespie reports from Fir Park

William Hill Scottish Cup, Round 4

Fir Park, Motherwell

Saturday 20th January 2018 at 3pm.

Motherwell 2 Hamilton Academical 0

Two first half Motherwell goals gave us a mountain to climb in the second half of this fourth round Scottish Cup tie, and unfortunately, we never looked like reaching the summit despite the Steelmen failing to score in open play. An early Scott McMann own goal and then a spot kick converted by Craig Tanner, after Alex Gogic brought down Curtis Main, gave ‘Well a lead that they never looked likely to surrender.

A disappointed Martin Canning gave his thoughts afterwards, saying. “Firstly I’m disappointed, and obviously the goals are crazy. The first one, you don’t expect to see at this level and the second one, Gogic has three attempts to clear the ball, doesn’t do it and takes a quick throw in and gives away a stupid penalty. So, from our point of view that was the biggest disappointment, that we never got going.

“It seems to be that on the back of a good performance, we need to make sure that we have that same desire and hunger. We showed it in the second half in terms of commitment, and in the first ten minutes of the second half we had a couple of wee opportunities. If we’d taken one, it’s 2-1 and the games back on. We never managed to get it and the game peters out. It’s disappointing that we’re now out of the cup, and we need to regroup and go again on Wednesday.”

The Accies boss made a couple of changes to his midfield from last month’s win at Fir Park, with Darren Lyon replacing Ali Crawford, and Lewis Ferguson earning his first team debut in place of Greg Docherty, who was resting due to injury. Stephen Robinson meanwhile, shook things up by making five changes, with McHugh, Rose, Dunne, Aldred and Ciftci replacing Hammell, Bigirimana, Hartley, Newell and Bowman.

Motherwell started on the front foot but were gifted a bizarre opener after just three minutes, as Accies attempted to play the ball out from the back. Scott McMann’s over hit pass back completely caught out keeper Gary Woods, leaving him to watch wrong footed as the ball found the bottom right-hand corner of his net.

Accies took a while to settle into the game as ‘Well continued to press high and threaten from wide areas. A Dunne header was cleared off the line on 13 minutes as the hosts showed the clearest cutting edge. ‘Well should have doubled their lead in a two-minute spell, when Campbell split the Accies rear guard to send Main clean through, only for him to lift his effort over the cross bar. Sixty seconds later Main turned provider, his cut back finding Tait inside the box to blast wide.

But it only delayed the hosts, as they took control of the tie from the penalty spot eight minutes later. Ciftci laid off a quick throw in for Main inside the area from the left, the Well man went down under Alex Gogic’s challenge, and Craig Tanner duly converted to send Woods in the wrong direction.

Accies desperately needed some inspiration from somewhere, and almost managed an instant reply, when Rakish Bingham’s header from a David Templeton cross forced a good touch wide from Carson. Lyon then sent Templeton through in the final act of the half, with the ‘Well stopper once again equal to the effort.

Hamilton brought on Danny Redmond for Massimo Donati at the break as they attempted to chase the game. A loose ‘Well clearance found MacKinnon on the edge of the box just a minute in, but his speculative chip sailed well over Carson’s bar. Templeton had a better chance just minutes later, after a mazy run at the Well defence, then pulled his effort inches wide of goal.

It was a scrappy cup tie as Accies made more of a fight of things, winning more of the midfield challenges. But they weren’t able to force a save from Carson as the half wore on. Instead, ‘Well continued to look the likelier into the latter stages, finding plenty of width to their play and getting balls into the box at every opportunity. Tait went just wide on 75 minutes, after a Woods punch out, with McHugh heading off the bar a few minutes later.

The hosts almost added a third five minutes from time as Tanner burst down the left to the byline. His cross to Fisher was scrambled clear by the Accies defence. Tanner was next on the end of a Rose cross, but couldn’t control it as the late header went wide of the post.

 Motherwell: Carson, Tait, McHugh, Main (Fisher 78 ), Rose, Dunne, Aldred (Hammell 37), Kipre, Campbell, Ciftci (Bigirimana 66), Campbell. Subs Unused: Griffiths, Grimshaw, Newell, MacLean.

Goals: McMann o.g. 4, Tanner 35 pen.

Cautions: Tanner, Campbell.

Accies: Woods, McMann, Tomas, Imrie (c), Bingham (Hughes 78), Gogic, Templeton, MacKinnon, Donati (Redmond 45), Lyon, Ferguson (Cunningham 76). Subs Unused: Gillespie, Tierney, Want, Fulton.

Cautions: Lyon.

Referee: Craig Thomson. Assistants: David McGeachie & David Roome.

Attendance: 4725 (695 Accies)

 

 

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