Our web reporter Mark Gillespie with details of our derby defeat
Fir Park Stadium
Saturday 9th March, 3pm
Motherwell 3 Hamilton Academical 0
A very disappointing Lanarkshire derby was virtually settled by half time, as goals from Turnbull and Hastie moved the hosts to within two points of the top six. It leaves things as you were at the bottom, we are still three points clear of Dundee in 10th place.
For Brian Rice the league position doesn’t lie, as he gave his thoughts post-match. The Accies boss gave a frank appraisal of his team’s performance, particularly that horror opening spell.
“We’re not in this position for no reason. It’s a three-horse race now at the bottom. We’re leading that, and we have to ensure we win the race.”
“We’ve worked all week on this game, but that all went out of the window in the first 30 minutes. The goals we lost were embarrassing today. You’ve got to win your tackles and headers.”
“I’m not even going to talk about the second half because the game was over by then. I’m just raging at the way we approached the first half. Certain players were asked to do a job and they weren’t up to it. There wasn’t enough fight and spirit. I feel for the fans.”
Both sides had approached the derby on the back of positive recent results. Accies made just one change, seeing Matt Kilgallon return in place of Aaron McGowan. ‘Well were unchanged from their last outing, as they sought to continue their top six push.
And the feel-good factor from that memorable win at Pittodrie was very quickly punctured as the hosts raced to a very quick two goal lead.
The opener arrived with Well’s first attack on just two minutes, as Ariyibi charged down the left edge of the Accies box. Accies weren’t picking up and the cross found Turnbull inside the six yard box to tap home a simple finish.
Ariyibi was to be the thorn in Accies sides, and came close five minutes later, this time cutting inside, Gary Woods got down well to hold his low effort from the angle of the box.
The on-loan Nottingham Forest man’s pace and then won the hosts a penalty, after another surge into the Accies box drew the foul from Alex Gogic. Turnbull dispatched his second from the spot to put his side in the driving seat on just 10 minutes.
Motherwell were surging in confidence, and Hastie volleyed a powerful effort just over shortly later, as Accies tried to regroup.
Woods parried another Hastie effort away on 30 minutes, with Ariyibi close again a minute later, blasting over from a tight angle after another jinking run into the box.
A third goal was looking likely and came from that same left flank on 36 minutes. This time Turnbull set up Hastie after slick passing move, to convert powerfully from close range.
We tried to make positive changes for the second period, with sub James Keatings on to make an impact. But ‘Well were continuing where they left off, Woods parrying away a Curtis Main effort five minutes in.
Accies were at least seeing more of the ball in attacking areas. A Keatings free kick was our first effort on target, easily dealt with by Gillespie on 55 minutes. Tony Andreu then almost found the top corner from a shot on the angle of the box four minutes later.
After that first half salvo, the hosts were looking to see things out comfortably. But there were chances to extend the lead, Main volleying a Frear cross just wide on 70 minutes. Ariyibi almost had a deserved goal four minutes later, blasted over with the goal at his mercy.
Accies were to at least avoid further embarrassment and looked more cohesive. But whenever really looked like giving ‘Well anything to worry about at the other end, all too often frustrated by the final ball.
Motherwell: Gillespie, Tait, Aldred, Campbell, Main (Johnson, 75), Ariyibi, Grimshaw, Dunne, Gorrin (McHugh, 68 ), Turnbull, Hastie (Frear, 66); Subs Unused: Ferguson, Hartley, Donnelly, Scott
Motherwell Cautions: Gorrin, 53, Johnson, 89
Motherwell Goals: Turnbull, 2, 10 (pen), Hastie 36
Accies: Woods, Gordon, Tshiembe, Kilgallon, Oakley, Miller (Boyd, 81) Gogic (Keatings, 45), MacKinnon (c), Andreu, Martin, Sowah Subs Unused: Marsden, McGowan, McMillan, Penny, Mimnaugh
Accies Cautions:Gogic, 37, Keatings, 55, Sowah, 60, Kilgallon, 89
Referee: Andrew Dallas; Assistants:Andy McWilliam and Paul O’Neill; 4th Official:Gavin Duncan
Attendance: 5,248 (571 Accies)