After last weekend’s narrow defeat at Ibrox, where Accies fell to a 1-0 defeat against Rangers. Accies welcomed high-flying Killie to Hamilton in what was another tough assignment. Hamilton defended well last Sunday but lacked the attacking threat. Daniel Candeias scoredthe only goal after just three minutes before Rangers became waste-less and spurned numerous opportunities and were left frustrated by Accies. Its fair to say Stevie Clarke has worked miracles at the Ayrshire club, who currently sit fourth in the Scottish Premiership table having been top on a couple of occasions throughout the season. The SPL table is very tight so far and it is great to see. They are solid from defence to attack, scoring plenty goals through the likes on Jones, Brophy and other having numerous goals. Its hard to admit but Eamonn has come on leaps since joining Killie, which is a sore one because I feel he wasn’t given a fair chance at Accies, as well as being played up-front by himself which definitely didn’t suit him.
Hamilton made one change from defeat against Rangers last weekend, with Mickel Miller replacing Rakish Bingham.
Steve Clarke made one change from the side that produced an impressive second-half performance against Dundee last weekend, with goal-scorer, Kirk Broadfoot being replaced by Scott Boyd in the centre of defence.
The away side started the game much the better side on Saturday, playing like the top side that they have been this season. They played some nice football throughout the first five minutes or so and were deservedly ahead after seven minutes when Greg Taylor slipped in former Accies man, Eamonn Brophy, who skipped by Ziggy Gordon and drilled it low into the far corner by Gary Woods. The Killie man certainly enjoyed that one against his old club, as he cupped his ears before pointing to the Killie badge and to the name on the back of the shirt, right in-front of the home crowd. The Ayrshire side continued to press forward and winger, Jordan Jones came close to making it 2-0 on the ninth minute as he just curled his effort just wide. Hamilton had a penalty claim after 18 minutes when Aaron McGowan went down, but Bobby Madden wasn’t interested. To the home side’s credit they did start to fight back and get a foot-hold in the game and nearly equalised on the half-hour mark when midfielder, Darian MacKinnon burst forward, playing a cheeky one-two with James Keating’s before his powerful effort was beaten away by Bachmann. Accies did get a chance from the penalty- spot after 37 minutes when Brophy clearly handled the ball in the box which allowed Mickel Miller to step up and roll the ball into the net, sending Bachmann the wrong way. Karma for Brophy, who was being laughed at by the Hamilton supporters.
Half Time- Hamilton 1-1 Kilmarnock
The second-half got underway in South Lanarkshire with the home side playing much better. They came mighty close to making it 2-1 on the 50th minute when some nice foot-work by Miller allowed him to feed it out to Scott McMann on the left-hand side. The left-back made a lung-bursting run before his low drive was tipped onto the post by the Kilmarnock keeper. To be fair it wasn’t a great watch in the second half with limited chances. It became a open contest and I did feel one goal would come for either side and settle it. One big moment. Killie were first to have that big moment which came after 77 minutes. Substitute Kris Boyd flicked on a header towards Greg Stewart, who ran through one-on-one, avoiding Shaun Want’s sliding challenge, but the on-loan Birmingham man sent his effort wide. Hamilton had their own chance and should have won it right at the death when a Dougie Imrie corner was flicked on by McGowan to Miller. The ball unfortunately fell onto his weaker right foot which meant his shot was tame and was parried away by Bachmann.
A good point and well deserved point for Hamilton against a bang in-form Kilmarnock side. The next game for Martin Canning’s men is a trip to the capital to play the off-form Hearts at Tyncastle on Boxing Day.
Woods, McGowan, Kilgallon, Gordon, Sowah(50), McMann, Imrie, Taiwo, MacKinnon(54), Keating’s(65), Miller
Subs- Marsden, Want(50), Tshiembe, Monlouis, Martin(54), Brustad(65), Bingham
Bachmann, O’Donnell, Boyd, Findlay, Taylor, Jones, Dicker, Power, Burke(79), Stewart(83), Brophy(66)
MacDonald, Waters, McKenzie, Millen, Tshibola(79), Ndjoli(83), Boyd(66)
Referee- Bobby Madden
Assistants- Drew Kirkland & Graham McNellie
Fourth Official- Graham Beaton
Attendance- 3401 (2215 Kilmarnock)
Goals- Brophy(7), Miller(37)
Yellow Cards- Imrie(45), Miller(56), McGowan(81)
Red Cards- 0