Accies web media reporter Mark Gillespie was at Paisley on Saturday
New St Mirren Park, Paisley (Simple Digital Arena)
Saturday 21st September 2019, 3pm
St Mirren 0 Hamilton Academical 0
In testing circumstances we held on for a point to remain one point ahead of our opponents in the table. After the early 2nd half dismissal of George Oakley this was a good point to earn.
Brian Rice’s players showed great resilience but the Accies boss was left frustrated by the incident which led to his striker’s second yellow card.
“I’m at a complete loss as to what the rules are at the minute. It may well be a second yellow. But I’m going to other games and seeing scandalous tackles and people getting away with it”, he said post-match.
“I’ve just said to the boys that they’ll get great credit and praise for getting a 0-0 with 10 men. But we were just getting foothold in the game when the incident with George occurred.”
“I can’t ask any more of my players out there today. Roasting hot and down to 10 men. I felt we were strong. There weren’t too many saves for our ‘keeper.”
“Both our defenders dealt with everything into our box. They’re proper defenders who like defending. Sam Stubbs comes from a footballing family. He’s a very good talker and that’s what attracted to me to bring him in.”
We set out with a formation to win the game, before decisions went against us. Marios Ogkmpoe started up top alongside Oakley, one of two changes from last weekend. Aaron McGowan also returned from injury with Want and Fjortoft starting on the bench.
St Mirren made three changes from last weekend’s late defeat in Dingwall, with Broadfoot, Durmus and ex Accie Tony Andreu all starting in place of McKenzie, McAllister and Obika.
The hosts made a brisk start. Half of the ground rose after three minutes but Kyle Magennis had only found the side netting from an edge of box effort.
We were carved open again five minutes later, Flynn teeing up Morias in the box, but the Saints striker couldn’t adjust his feet and skewed a glorious opportunity well wide.
Slowly Accies started to get a foothold in a match that was surging from end to end. A dangerous Ogkmpoe cross had to be cleared behind on 25 minutes with Oakley waiting to pounce in the middle. Lewis Smith was also finding pockets of space to get on the ball and commit Saints defenders.
It was still Saints though who probably shaded the first half, without seriously testing Owain Fon Williams. Tony Andreu headed straight into the Accies keeper’s clutches with their clearest glimpse of goal on 28 minutes.
Accies were looking comfortable enough, Easton and Stubbs mopping up everything Saints could throw at us. It was a strong foundation for the second half but Accies would be up against it just five minutes in.
Oakley was already on a yellow when he jumped for a ball with McLoughlin, and adjudged to have led with his elbow. The ref was in no doubt about our third red card of the season.
Once again there was a chunk of the game to see out a man down, but the extra man didn’t show as Accies matched up. Saints were allowed plenty of the ball but couldn’t find a way through the Accies defence.
Openings came from distance, Magennis firing over on 68 minutes. For Accies the onus was on defending but Blair Alston forced Hladky into action at the other end, pushing a 20 yarder behind 10 minutes later.
Saints threw men forward, but Accies were for the most part comfortable. Fon Williams had one save to make in the closing stages showing great reflexes to deny a Paul McGinn header from close range.
St Mirren: Hladky, P McGinn, Waters, McLoughlin, Magennis, Flynn, Andreu (Mullen, 68 ), Durmus (McAllister, 62), Foley, Morias (Obika, 76), Broadfoot; Subs Unused: S McGinn, Djorkaeff, Lyness, Breadner
Bookings: McAllister, 85
Accies: Fon Williams, McGowan, McMann, Collar (Hughes, 62), Oakley, Alston, Gogic, Easton, Stubbs, L Smith (Beck 77), Ogkmpoe (Moyo, 74); Subs Unused: Southwood, Want, Fjortoft, Davies
Bookings: Oakley, 21, McGowan, 89, Fon Williams, 90+2
Sent Off: Oakley, 50
Referee: David Munro, Assistants: Frank Connor and Graham McNeillie, Fourth Official: Willie Collum
Attendance: 4837 (277 Accies)