Accies media team Mark Gillespie with Wednesday’s report on a great victory in the north east
Wednesday 27th February at 7.45pm
Aberdeen 0 HamiltonAcademical 2
It was the perfect way to bounce back from the weekend disappointment, as we coasted to our first away victory of 2019, and our first win in the Granite City in nine years.
More importantly we move three points clear of Dundee in the play-off spot below us. A first half ‘goal of the season’ contender from George Oakley and Mickel Miller’s second half strike giving boss Brian Rice exactly the response he was looking for after the weekend setback.
“It’s a very big result, massive after Sunday. I asked the boys for a reaction, and I got that. I asked them to be brave on the ball and work hard off it. We passed it much better tonight, but can still do even better.”
“It’s very easy to come up here and sit in against a very good team, but we were a real threat on the break. I’ve just seen George’s goal and it certainly looks as though he meant it. He was magnificent tonight.”
“I thought our two front boys were magnificent too, as was the whole team. Defending should start from the front, and it gave our defence a chance to organise. To keep a clean sheet up here is also a marvellous achievement.”
There were three Accies changes from the weekend, with Tshiembe, Martin and Gogic replacing Kilgallon, McMillan and Mimnaugh in a reshuffled line up.
Derek McInnes side were still looking for their first home league win of 2019, and Accies were not about to change that. Scott McKenna returned to the home line up from suspension, with Niall McGinn the other change from their weekend victory in Perth.
We made a lot of the early running, with Miller a thorn in the side of the Dons defence. His teasing cross almost led to the opener on five minutes, scrambled behind for a corner, and McGowan’s delivery almost crept in from the set piece.
The hosts had their first clear sight of goal on 16 minutes, McGinn setting up captain Graeme Shinnie inside the box, but his shot was comfortable for Gary Woods.
Accies refused to sit back and had an even better chance three minutes later, as Oakley flicked a header for Miller to race into the box. It took the fingertips of Joe Lewis to deny the Accies front man his eighth goal of the season.
Aberdeen almost opened the scoring on 28 minutes, Greg Stewart stooping to head a McGinn cross off the inside of Woods’ post on 28 minutes.
But a very special opener arrived on 34 minutes as we stunned the home crowd. MacKinnon released Oakley with a high through ball, and from the tightest of angles on the right by the goal line, he launched an instinctive first time strike high past Joe Lewis.
The Dons might have levelled in the run up to the break. Cosgrove passed up a golden opportunity on 39 minutes, as McLennan crossed in from the right. But the Dons man’s strike was high and wide.
He did everything right a minute from the interval, only for an outstanding stop by Gary Woods to tip his header around the post.
Aberdeen tried to turn the screw into the second half, but Accies were giving nothing away at the back, and closing down angles at every opportunity.
We had to reshuffle things after losing skipper Darian MacKinnon to a knock, with Dougie Imrie his replacement.
Aberdeen pushed hard for the leveller, Cosgrove laying off a McLennan cross for Dominic Ball to get a shot away from close range, but his half volley struck the outside of the bar.
We looked resolute and restricted the Dons to efforts from distance. Accies continued to press in midfield and nicked the all-important second on 59 minutes. Lenny Sowah took possession from Stewart in his own half to square for Miller to finish low from close range for his eighth of the season.
The home frustrations grew, with late penalty claims waved away as McLennan went down in the box under a Gordon challenge.
Aberdeen threw everything at us into the closing stages, McLennan off target with a couple of long range efforts, but Accies hung on for a famous victory. We will look to take added belief from this into next weekend’s Lanarkshire derby.
Aberdeen: Lewis, Shinnie, Considine, McKenna, Stewart, McGinn, Cosgrove, Ferguson, Ball (May, 76) McLennan, Lowe (Devlin, 18); Subs Unused: Cerny, Gleeson, Halford, Campbell, Ross
Aberdeen Bookings: Considine, 14
Accies: Woods, McGowan, Gordon, Tshiembe, Oakley, Miller, Gogic, MacKinnon (c) (Imrie, 53), Andreu (McMillan, 90+3), Martin (Penny, 90+1), Sowah; Subs Unused: Marsden, L Smith, Boyd, Mimnaugh
Accies Cautions: McGowan, 63, Miller, 90+4
Accies Goals: Oakley, 34, Miller, 59
Referee:Bobby Madden; Assistants: Alastair Mather and Andy Milne; 4th Official: Grant Irvine
Attendance:12,468 (52 Accies fans)