Accies web reporter Mark Gillespie with Wednesday’s details
Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at 7.45pm
Hamilton Academical 0 Aberdeen 3
Aberdeen were too strong on the night as we sank to a sixth defeat in seven games. Goals from Sam Cosgrove and Lewis Ferguson moved the Dons up to joint third spot. With things tightening at the bottom of the table, we remain in 10th, but just a point ahead of Dundee.
There wasn’t much flowing football on show, but the visitors did enough with the chances that came their way to put Accies out of sight long before the final whistle.
After another disappointing defeat, we remain in tenth spot, but now just a point above Dundee and two ahead of St Mirren at the bottom. With a visit to Parkhead to come at the weekend Martin Canning was under no illusions about what was always going to be a very challenging week for his players.
“This was always going to be a really tough week for us. The timing of it isn’t great. But, we’ll go to Parkhead on Saturday to compete and be focused and prepared.”
“I thought we started the game well, passing and moving, and hitting the bar. But then we went a goal down, and you could see that bit of confidence is lacking at the minute.”
“The second goal’s just poor decision making from us, allowing a striker on the touchline to get a run in on goal, just after we could have had a penalty at the other end. The third goal is another one from a set piece from where we’ve lost too many this season.”
“Over the piece Aberdeen were stronger than us. Once you let a good side get in front, the pitch gets bigger and they start to enjoy it.”
Both sides made the single change from the weekend cup matches. Tom Taiwo returned for Accies, with Lenny Sowah starting on the bench. The Dons brought ex Accie Stevie May in up front in place of Niall McGinn, as they sought to make a push for the top three.
It took a while for Aberdeen to get out of the blocks and Accies almost stunned them on 9 minutes with what would turn out to be our only chance of the game. Matt Kilgallon rose to meet Imrie’s corner, but an instinctive glove by Joe Lewis was enough to tip onto the woodwork and over the bar.
Accies looked to be moving it well for the opening 20 minutes, but all the good work was to be for nothing as the Dons seized their first opportunity on 25 minutes, May swung a ball over from the left flank, finding Cosgrove unmarked six yards out. Fulton managed to block the header, but the Dons striker bundled home at the second attempt.
The visitors took a boost from their opener, starting to dictate the play in the up to half time, without really troubling the Accies defence further
But they took a firm grip of the game in a decisive five minute spell just after the break. Accies had decent claims for a penalty waved away on 51 minutes, after McGowan went down in the box. Play raced to the other end, Mackay Steven threaded through down the left for Cosgrove to finish low under the advancing Fulton.
It went from bad to worse on 56 minutes, as May delivered a corner from the left. Cosgrove’s powerful header was cleared on the Accies line, but Ferguson was first to react and turn over the line.
Having scored from their three clear opportunities, the visitors were able to see things out comfortably. Accies just didn’t show enough to get Aberdeen out of second gear.
Instead it could have been four, as Scott Wright curled inches wide of Fulton’s far post on 77 minutes.
Aberdeen had the luxury of seeing this out with a bit to spare, as we now look towards a challenging visit to Celtic Park on Saturday.
Accies: Fulton, McGowan, McMann, Gordon, Kilgallon, Imrie (c), Davies (Keatings, 61), Miller (Boyd, 40), Taiwo (Martin, 79), Gogic, Andreu; Subs Unused: Marsden, Penny, Want, Sowah
Accies Cautions: McGowan, Gordon, Martin
Aberdeen: Lewis, Logan, Lowe, McKenna, Considine, Shinnie, Ferguson (Ball, 87), Mackay-Steven, May (Gleeson, 80), Stewart, Cosgrove (Wright, 72); Subs Unused: Cerny, McGinn, Campbell, Hoban
Aberdeen Goals: Cosgrove, 25, 51, Ferguson, 56
Aberdeen Cautions: Logan,, Ferguson
Referee: Greg Aitken, Assistants:Michael Banks and Brian Templeton, 4th Official: Steven McLean