Accies website reporter Martin McConnell with the midweek details from Paisley
New St Mirren Park, Paisley
Wednesday 5th February 2020, kick off 7.45pm.
St. Mirren 1 Hamilton Academical 1
We moved back up to 11th place and one point ahead of Hearts after a draw with league rivals St. Mirren in Paisley. During a good first half David Templeton put Accies ahead with a strike from range before the Buddies equalised late in the second. Mickel Miller had a chance to slot the winner home from the spot but the attempt went narrowly wide.
When asked about the spot kick, first team coach Guillaume Beuzelin said “Mickel won the penalty but wasn’t supposed to take it. The taker – David Templeton –was off the pitch unfortunately.
“Mickel didn’t score it and that could have been a massive moment in the game and maybe our season too. But we’ll take a point after that second half performance.”
“Mickel was obviously affected by that but that’s football. We have another game soon so we don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves.”
“We came here to win three points in a bottom of the table clash. So we are disappointed to only get one point.”
Hamilton made five changes from the match on Sunday with Hunt, Miller, Templeton, Want and Easton replacing Woods, Hamilton, Alston, Collar and Moyo. Hosts St. Mirren made one change with Jamie McGrath replacing Jonathan Obika up front.
St. Mirren probably edged things in the early stages of the encounter but if truth be told, neither side had a sniff at goal until Accies took the lead. But it was maybe an omen for Saints defence when Templeton ghosted past several players before having an effort blocked from inside the penalty area. Ogkmpoe followed by sending a header wide of goal.
Minutes later the deadlock was broken when a long cross field ball from Brian Easton was knocked down by Ogkmpoe. Templeton took a touch to take it safely away from Foley, then shifting his body into position to shoot low past the keeper from twenty yards out.
Accies grew in confidence and attempts followed. When Martin poked the ball forward for Templeton he quickly decided on a give and go with Ogkmpoe. Then with the ball back in his possession, fired narrowly wide from the edge of the 18 yard line.
A ball out of defence found Miller running up the wing, his ball forward was brought under control by Ogkmpoe with his back to goal. Finding a yard, he turned and sent his spectacular strike crashing off the crossbar from 25 yards.
Then to finish the first half, a Templeton corner fell dangerously inside a packed six yard box. Mickel Miller got a head to the ball and knocked down to within a few feet of the line and Marios Ogkmpoe’s foot but Hladky managed to get down to smother before any damage could be done.
Inside the opening couple of minutes of the restart ex Accie Tony Andreu provided a decent cross into the box for MacPherson but he could only send the ball high over the goal. Hamilton waited to just over the hour before McMann tested the keeper with a low drive.
St. Mirren had enjoyed the lions share of the possession but were unable to convert into chances and Accies dealt comfortably with everything that came there way. Then Miller challenged Flynn on the 28 yard line, giving away a free kick which Durmus expertly struck home for the equaliser.
Hamilton lifted their game again and probed the St. Mirren defence. One such foray forward led to a penalty kick after Hodson attempted to clear the ball but struck Miller on the back of the thigh. Miller then struck wide as the keeper dived in the opposite direction.
Although the Buddies had spells of possession in the game, they had no threat in front of goal. Only a great free kick saved a point. Accies certainly created chances and can feel a little unlucky in not taking all three points. On the positive side, they created good chances and the defence were for the most part solid.
St. Mirren: Hladky, Flynn (Jakubiak 73), McCarthy, Famewo, Waters, Foley, McPherson, McGrath (Hodson 45), Durmus, Andreu, Morias (Obika 63). Subs Unused: Lyness, K McAllister, Mullen, Cooke.
Goals: Durmus 72.
Cautions: Obika, Foley.
Accies: Southwood, McGowan, McMann, Hunt, Miller (Alston 82), Gogic, Templeton (L Smith 64), Want, Easton (c), Martin, Ogkmpoe (Moyo 58 ). Subs Unused: Gourlay, Davies,Woods, Dales.
Goals: Templeton 25.
Referee: Alan Newlands. Assistants: Andy McWilliam & Gary Hilland. 4th Official: William Collum.