Today, I travelled to Perthshire to watch Hamilton continue their poor vein of form, when they got absolutely hammered and outplayed by St Johnstone. As a fan who attends every game, it has been the usual “poor” start to the season, which has included a few hammerings. I personally believe that we are extremely lucky to be where we are in the table right now. Last weekend we did pick up a fantastic win against Livingston but it was luck as we didn’t deserve it in all honesty. The other victory against Motherwell on the second game of the season was even luckier. Motherwell should have put a few by us, and it was only a wonder strike by Steven Boyd that won us the game. We did thoroughly deserve our 3-0 win at home against St Mirren, where we were excellent and annihilated them. Accies have suffered 5 defeats by a 3 goal margin or bigger after only 13 games, as well as not picking up 0 points in 2 crucial home games against Dundee and St Johnstone earlier in the season. I’ve tried to stick by manager Martin Canning for as long as I have, and I totally believe this season was his chance to prove all doubters wrong, signing a whole squad of players that he wanted. However, I feel he has taken the club as far as he can and its time to step down. Our discipline, tactics and results are totally embarrassing most weeks. Canning is to blame but I feel some of our players need to have a long hard look at their selves also, and start playing for the badge. Anyway, St Johnstone came into Saturdays game in cracking form, winning their last 4 games, and not conceding a goal in the each game. After Saturdays result they have now won 5 games on the bounce and haven’t lost a goal in the process, which is a new club record. So a big well done to Zander Clark on breaking the new record.
Tommy Wright made 2 changes from last weeks brilliant last minute victory at Easter Road. Tristian Nydam And Ross Callachan were benched, while David Wotherspoon started on the left-wing and Murray Davison started in the centre of midfield.
Hamilton made 4 changes from last weeks huge victory against Livingston. Darian Mackinnon and Dougie Imrie returned to the starting 11 after both being suspended, replacing Mickel Miller who was suspended today and Tom Taiwo. James Keatings missed out through illness so Steven Boyd started and last weekends goal scoring hero, Mason Bloomfield got a rare start up-front over the regular, Fredrik Brustad.
After a beautiful remembrance service, Hamilton got the game underway. They had a quick chance to open the scoring after just 2 minutes when Rakish Bingham found Aaron McGowan on the wing. His cross found Bloomfield before it was set up for Steven Boyd, but his volleyed effort went wide. This was the only chance Accies had for a long, long while. It was all Saints. On the 4th minute, McGowan make a poor mistake and headed it by Delphin Tshiembe, playing Tony Watt through 1v1. The Striker cut in onto his right foot before curling over. After 15 minutes, Tony Watt found Richard Foster down the right. His cross was headed back across goal by Liam Craig before Matthew Kennedy’s goal bound effort was brilliantly blocked by Matthew Kilgallon. The home side deservedly took the lead on the 20th minute and it was another poor bit of goalkeeping by Gary Woods, who has been the culprit for some of the goals Accies have shipped in recent weeks. Superb wing play by Drey Wright on the flank caused chaos in the Hamilton defence. Woods spilled the low-driven cross right to Murray Davidson, who scooped the ball home from close range. St Johnstone doubled their advantage and once again it was a horrendous moment for Gary Woods. Really embarrassing actually. I wasn’t the only fan to have a go at him. Drey Wright crossed a ball into the box, which apparently took a minor deflection and ended up in the net. Woods genuinely just stayed rooted to the spot and didn’t even bother moving a muscle for it. Their is no doubt if he moved he would have saved it. By this point Hamilton fans and players were beginning to lose the plot. Murray Davidson had a chance to make it 3-0 on the 40th minute mark when a cross from Wright landed on Davidson’s head but he couldn’t put enough power on it to guide it into the net.
Half Time- St Johnstone 2-0 Hamilton
The second half got underway, with Accies making a early substitute with Sam Kelly replacing Steven Boyd. Saints continued to dominant. Drey Wright was causing the away side problems all afternoon and came close to getting his second, when he rifled a shot which just grazed the bar from 25 yards. Around 1 minute later, after 53 minutes it was 3-0. Matthew Kennedy latched onto a Tony Watt through ball before running through and confidently slotting the ball under Gary Woods. The game was long over for the South Lanarkshire side, who were getting ripped apart. On the 69th minute, Kennedy nearly scored his second when he drove forward before firing a long-range howitzer, which came crashing off the woodwork. The afternoon just kept getting worse for the Accies as they gifted another goal to Saints. Delphin Tshiembe tried to play a pass back to Woods before Chris Kane capitalised on the poor ball. The substitute surged through on goal before unselfishly squaring to David Wotherspoon to tap home. It was beginning to turn into a rout. Accies did go close to pulling one back when Rakish Bingham’s header from a corner, just clipped the bar. It was probably the closest they came to scoring all afternoon in what was another day to forget. Hamilton failed to have an attempt on target all afternoon.
St Johnstone XI
Clark, Foster, Shaughnessey, Kerr, Tanser, Wright, Davidson, Craig(80), Wotherspoon, Kennedy(77), Watt(63)
Subs- Hurst, Gordon, Callachan, Kane(63), McMillan(77), Nydam(80), Scougall
Woods, McGowan, Tshiembe, Kilgallon, Gordon, Martin(61), MacKinnon, Boyd(46), Bingham, Imrie, Bloomfield(72)
Subs- Marsden, McMann(61), Penny, Kelly(46), Smith, Taiwo, Brustad(72)
Referee- Steven McLean
Assistants – David Roome & Brian Templeton
Fourth Official- Euan Anderson
Goals- Davidson(20), Wright(35), Kennedy(54), Wotherspoon(74)
Yellow Cards- Imrie(19) McGowan(39), Martin(51), Kennedy(62), Mackinnon(76)
Red Cards- 0