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Accies 2-1 Partick Thistle, 24th February

A 90th minute winner by David Templeton, followed by a 90+2 superb save by Gary Woods – this after Thistle took a 9th minute lead from the penalty spot only for Antonio Rojano to equalise a minute later!

Unfortunately two first half injuries to Shaun Want then Alex Gogic saw them replaced in the opening period, while late on Georgios Sarris also departed injured as our defence had to chop and change during the game.

Ultimately, a much needed massive three points for us as we won our first league game of 2018.

Ladbrokes Premiership

at New Douglas Park

Saturday 24th February 2018 at 3pm.

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We beat Thistle at the 14th time of asking, after David Templeton scored an injury time winner that leap frogged us two points clear of Thistle and still with a couple of games in hand. With Ross County also losing to St. Johnstone, it means that there’s now a five-point gap between Accies and the side  at the foot of the table.

A jubilant Martin Canning said afterwards, “It was a massive three points for us today and it was always going to be a massive three points, whether it was us or Thistle that got them. It was important that we put a halt to the run of defeats that we were on. It was hardly a great match to watch but I felt that the lads managed the second half well enough.

“It always feels brilliant when you can get a last-minute winner like that, but it still wasn’t over, and Gary Woods had to make a great save to get us over the line. It’s been a hard time for the club after losing Greg Docherty, Darian MacKinnon and Ali Crawford, three players at the heart of our midfield. It’s been a difficult spell, but we’ll keep working hard to put it behind us.”

Some poor defending saw both sides concede early goals within a minute of each other. Thistle opened the scoring on nine minutes when Sarris looked as if he pulled Danny Devine down inside the penalty area but Sammon converted despite Woods getting a hand to it. Then within sixty seconds, things took a turn upwards when Antonio Rojano levelled matters from an Imrie corner kick.

The second half didn’t produce many nailed-on chances, but Thistle created most of the penalty area action with shots wide of goal and Gary Woods making a couple of great saves. However, with games like these balancing on a knife edge, Templeton took his chance and bundled the ball over the line in injury time.

Accies made four changes to the side that lost to Rangers on Sunday, with Alex Gogic, Shaun Want, Dougie Imrie and Antonio Rojano replacing Ioannis Skondras, Scott McMann, Ross Jenkins and Kenny van der Weg. Thistle made three changes with Spittal, Devine and Doolan coming in for Erskine, Woods and Storey.

Both sides had an edgy feel about them early on, not surprising given the significance of the game but Thistle took an early lead after Sarris sliced a clearance wide for a corner kick. The delivery came into the box and the referee awarded a spot kick after Sarris pulled Devine down, but with Gary Woods getting a hand to Sammon’s shot he couldn’t quite keep it out.

A bit dispiriting to say the least but Accies answered in the best possible fashion and equalised inside a minute after winning a corner kick straight from the restart. Dougie Imrie took responsibility and struck a great ball into the penalty area for Antonio Rojano to run onto and head home for his fourth of the season.

The game was played at one hundred miles an hour at times and both defences looked more than a bit dodgy on occasion. Kris Doolan headed the ball into the Hamilton net from a Spittal delivery, but saw it correctly flagged for offside. Accies added to their defensive problems when they lost two defenders inside ten minutes, with Shaun Want (hamstring) and Alex Gogic (knee) being lost to injury.

Hamilton finished the half the stronger of the sides and Dougie Imrie created a chance after twisting one way then another in an attempt to get his cross in. He seemed to have lost the chance but then sent the ball into the near post where Rojano headed wide. A penalty shout followed when the ball was flicked off Keown’s arm, but the referee wasn’t too impressed.

With the match almost an hour old, the game began to open up as the play moved from end to end. Spittal struck wide, Keown scooped over and Woods saved from Booth, before the impressive Lewis Ferguson nipped in to clear a cross before Booth could capitalise. Accies moved forward with Ferguson and Rojano combining well for Ogkmpoe to see a chance blocked and cleared.

After some treatment, Georgios Sarris became Hamilton’s third enforced change at the back with Kenny van der Weg replacing the big centre back. Hamilton had a let off when Storey sliced wide, and Erskine managed to spin away from McCann and get a shot on goal, but Woods was up to the task and saved well.

Although not quite the result either side wanted, both sets of fans were about to settle for a point each when the match took a turn just as the added time sign went up. Former Accies keeper Tomas Cerny (our record purchase) parried a Ferguson strike and Templeton was on hand to bundle over the line. The match wasn’t settled, and Thistle found time for Erskine to force a great save from Gary Woods just before the final whistle blew.

Accies: Woods, Tomas, Imrie (c), Gogic (Jenkins 37), Templeton, Rojano, Lyon, Ferguson, Want (McMann 31), Sarris (Van der Weg 67), Ogkmpoe. Unused subs Miller, Bingham, Redmond, Fulton

Goals: Rojano 10, Templeton 90.

Cautions: Sarris, Imrie, Ferguson, Jenkins.    

Thistle: Cerny, Dumbuya, Keown, Cargill, Booth, Spittal (Erskine 72), Edwards, Osman, Devine, Sammon (Storey 45), Doolan (Lawless 87). Subs Unused: Scully, Barton, McGinn, Penrice.

Goals: Sammon 9 penalty.

Cautions: Osman, Erskine.

Referee: Nick Walsh. Assistants: Brian Templeton & Gary Hilland. 4th Official: David Munro.

Attendance: 2243.

 

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