On Sunday, Hamilton took on Rangers at The Hope CBD Stadium, live on Sky Sports. Accies were coming into Sundays game on the worst possible note after getting slaughtered 6-0 away to Hibs before the international break. Rangers hadn’t won a single league away match under Steven Gerrard until Sunday, but have had a fantastic home record this season, as well as a great European campaign so far. The Gers currently sit top of their group after drawing away to La Liga side, Villareal before coming from behind to beat Austrian side, Rapid Vienna 3-1 at home at the start of the month. Even though Hamilton lost on Sunday, the score line certainty didn’t reflect the game as Rangers were awarded 2 dodgy penalty’s in 3 minutes by referee, Andrew Dallas before adding a fourth on the break on the last kick of the game. Hamilton certainly deserved a point.
Hamilton boss, Martin Canning made 4 changes from the heavy defeat in Leith 2 weeks ago, changing the centre-back duo of Shaun Want and Matthew Kilgallon to Delphin Tshiembe and Alex Penny. Ziggy Gordon took the place of Steven Boyd with Accies reverting back to 5 at the back .Mickel Miller was also back in the starting 11 after being out injured for a couple of games, Rakish Bingham dropped out.
Steven Gerrard made 3 changes to Rangers 3-1 victory at Ibrox against league leaders Hearts, with Scott Arfield missing out through injury as well as Jon Flanagan and Joe Worrall being dropped so incame Andy Halliday, Jordan Rossiter and Nikola Katic.
The game got started in South Lanarkshire and it a feisty start to proceedings with many sliding and late challenges. Their was no sight at goal until the 14th minute when Daniel Candeias fired a shot wide after nicely linking up with Alfredo Morelos. Accies were next to have a opportunity when Fredrik Brustad was played down the line, before cutting it back for Darian MacKinnon who pulled his effort wide. It was quite extraordinary how Hamilton weren’t awarded a penalty after 21 minutes when James Tavernier clearly held Mickel Miller in the box, denying him a shot at goal which referee Andrew Dallas missed. Rangers opened the scoring after 40 minutes with their first real opportunity of the match when Alfredo Morelos spun past Scott Martin before sending Ryan Kent clear through on goal before the Englishman beat off Alex Penny and chipped it over the outcoming Gary Woods. MacKinnon had another great chance to get on the scoresheet a couple minutes before the interval what Aaron McGowan broke free down the right before crossing into the box which Alan McGregor punched straight to the Accies midfielder but he struck his effort wide on his weaker left foot. Rangers led at the break but there was very little in this one.
Half Time- Hamilton 0-1 Rangers
The hosts got the second half underway and it was a similar start to the first, with not any real sights at goal. Hamilton were the first side to have an opportunity when Mickel Miller was slipped in on goal, poking his effort under McGregor which just went wide before being clattered by the Rangers shot stopper. After 62 minutes, Ovie Ejaria stung the fingertips of Hamilton keeper, Woods, when curling an effort towards the far post which was saved well. The game burst into life in the 80th minute when Accies substitute, Steven Boyd picked up the ball, before skinning Jordan Rossiter and curling an effort into the top corner past the helpless McGregor to get the hosts level. It was another fantastic strike by the Accies youngster who already has a reputation for scoring “Worldie’s” ,with his goal against Motherwell earlier in the season. However, Andrew Dallas decided to award 2 soft penalties to the away side after missing a stone wall penalty earlier in the match for Hamilton. The first was on the 83rd minute when a Daniel Candeias cross apparently struck the arm of Hamilton defender, Alex Penny. After reviewing it myself I believe it was harsh and Andrew Dallas couldn’t wait to blow his whistle. James Tavernier stood up and blasted his effort into the top left hand corner right in front of the away fans. If the first penalty was harsh then the second was even harder to take. Ryan Kent chipped the ball towards Alfredo Morelos, who took the ball down and ran towards the edge of the box before going down under the most minimal contact( If Any) from Alex Penny’s challenge, Allowing Dallas to point to the spot for the second time. Tavernier stepped up and fired his effort straight down the middle to secure the Rangers first league away win of the season. The scoring wasn’t done there though. In the 90th minute Morelos got his goal after Candeias raced through on goal before his shot deflected off Woods and straight to the Columbian, who picked up the loose ball and took it around the scampering Hamilton keeper and Scott Martin and fired it high into the net to make it Hamilton 1-4 Rangers.
Woods, McGowan, Penny, Tshiembe, Gordon(76), McMann, Martin, Mackinnon, Imrie, Miller(63), Brustad(63)
Subs- Fulton, Want, Sowah, Smith, Keatings(63), Boyd(76), Bingham(63)
McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Katic(79), Halliday, Coulibaly, Rossiter(82), Ejaria, Kent(87), Candeias, Morelos
Subs- Foderingham, Flanagan, Mccrorie(87), Grezda(82), Middleton, Sadiq, Worrall(79)
Referee- Andrew Dallas
Assistants – Graeme Stewart & David Doig
Fourth Official – David Munro
Attendance – 5013( 3509 Away)
Goals- Kent(33), Boyd(80), Tavernier (84, 87), Morelos(90)
Yellow Cards- Miller(12), Martin(18), Kent(41), Candeias(43), Rossiter(71), Morelos(74), Halliday(90)
Red Cards -0