Accies 2-0 Motherwell 10th March

We recorded successive derby day league wins over Motherwell with this 2-0 victory at NDP this afternoon.

In the absence of the suspended Dougie Imrie, and injured Darian MacKinnon, Gary Woods skippered the team today on his 50th Accies appearance, and got a clean sheet.

We also saw Mickel Miller come on as sub for his debut.

Marios Ogkmpoe fired us ahead in the 10th minute with his first Accies goal, while David Templeton doubled our lead midway through the second half, following a good run.

A very wet day today, but a good night ahead for the Accies fans…. here is Mark Gillespie’s report

 

Ladbrokes Premiership

New Douglas Park

Saturday 10th March 2018 at 3pm.

Hamilton Academical 2 Motherwell 0

Few might have predicted what was in the end a comfortable derby day victory, as goals from Ogkmpoe and Templeton moved us four points clear of the danger zone and up to ninth. Big performances all over the pitch were capped by a first clean sheet since the win at Ibrox in November, and all in all, a very satisfying day’s work for boss Martin Canning.

“It’s probably as comfortable as I’ve felt in a Lanarkshire derby. This was a really good team performance. We played with a real maturity and defensive nous that has been missing for a lot of the season. We’ve been working hard to get that right. We matched up physically also which we knew was going to be important.”

“Today was the sort of game we’ve been losing this season. Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem this season, so it was good we were solid today at the back. I have talked to the players about eliminating risk at this stage of the season and maybe moving the ball forward quicker. We did that really well today to get a big three points.”

“It’s great to see the front three scoring goals and give us that platform in games. Marios works his socks off. He’s such an honest big guy. Him and Antonio gives us a lot of energy up front. It’s important he got his reward with the opener today.

Ogkmpoe started as the Accies boss made three enforced changes to his starting eleven.  Scott McMann and Ross Jenkins also returned to the side in place of the injured Alex Gogic and the suspended Dougie Imrie, for Hamilton’s first game in a fortnight.

Motherwell meanwhile made just one change from last weekend’s cup win, as they hoped to keep a four-game unbeaten run going, with Craig Tanner replacing Nadir Ciftci in Stephen Robinson’s attacking plans.

Accies were first out of the blocks though, showing their attacking intent with the first effort on target after only four minutes. Lewis Ferguson dispossessed Campbell on the edge of the ‘Well box to tee up Ogkmpoe, but the Accies man shot straight at Carson.

Accies were looking to move the ball forward quickly for the big front man, and he made no mistake with his next chance and grabbed his first Accies goal on eleven minutes. Templeton swung a dangerous corner in from the left. Neither Want nor Tomas could connect inside the box, but Ogkmpoe, at the third time of asking, swept high past Carson from close range with the back heeled breakthrough.

Accies had taken early leads so often this season, and it was important to settle on the lead. ‘Well went on to enjoy plenty of possession, but with no end product, as Hamilton restricted them to shots from distance. The best they could muster was a Tait effort from the edge of the box, just wide on 27 minutes.

Accies looked dangerous at the other end and continued to move the ball quickly up front. Claims for handball inside the ‘Well box where waved away on thirty-three minutes after Templeton managed to wriggle free, but his shot charged down by Kipre.

‘Well had struggled to break down a solid Accies defence. Their only clear-cut chance arrived in first half injury time for Curtis Main from a Tanner delivery, his free header over the bar from inside the penalty area.

It was a second half where Hamilton did all the ugly things well, digging in and making clearances at all the right times. ‘Well forced the play as Accies looked to play on the counter, looking increasingly solid and confident at the back. ‘Well hadn’t forced Gary Woods into action, the best they could do a McHugh effort on the hour mark flying just over the bar.

And we caught Well with the sucker punch on 68 minutes, as Templeton robbed McHugh outside the box, advancing into space to roll the ball past Carson despite being pushed just before he managed to send his strike into the back of the net for that all important two goal cushion. A good advantage by the ref. 

It might have been even better as we continued to press ‘Well inside their own half, Templeton going close on 80 minutes after a driving run forward by Van der Weg. Woods pulled of a trademark stop in the closing stages to preserve that all important clean sheet. But ‘Well had looked lost for ideas as Hamilton in the end comfortably saw out three vital points.

Accies: Woods (c), McMann, Jenkins, Tomas, Van der Weg, Templeton (Miller 83), Lyon, Ferguson, Want, Rojano (Redmond 75) Ogkmpoe (Bingham 71): Subs Unused: Fulton, Scott, Hughes, Cunningham.

Goals: Ogkmpoe 10, Templeton 68.

Cautions: Ferguson.

Motherwell: Carson, Tait (Bowman 74), Cadden, McHugh, Main, Rose (Ciftci 56) Dunne, Aldred, Kipre, Campbell (Bigirimana 56) Tanner; Subs Unused: Griffiths, Newell, Turnbull, Maguire.

Cautions: Kipre, Dunne.

Referee: Don Robertson.  Assistants: David Roome & Joe Lawson. 4th Official: Craig  Charleston.

Attendance: 3182.