Tonight, Hamilton faced another difficult task, when they welcomed Derek McInnes and his Aberdeen side to The Hope CBD Stadium.
Hamilton boss Martin Canning, who has been in the news all week regarding the incident which took place on Saturday, will have been hoping for a better performance than his side produced at the weekend, where Accies lost 2-0 to St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, which was the South Lanarkshire’s side sixth defeat in seven games. The result left them winless since December 1st, nearly two months ago. Canning was questioned by the media this week about his future at the club, as it is clear that the majority of the Hamilton support think his times well at truly up. His response was that he is doing his job, which is to keep Hamilton in the top flight, saying that “We’ve kept the club up four seasons in a row. That’s the record. We’ve never done that before in our history. That’s success, if you like”.
Aberdeen also had a day to forget on Saturday as they were held to a rather embarrassing 1-1 draw with struggling League One side, Stenhousemuir. The Dons took an first-half lead through left-back, Max Lowe, but failed to put the tie to bed and were made to pay when Mark McGuigan powered a header by Joe Lewis, earning The Warriors a replay a Ochilview Park next Tuesday night.
Lewis Ferguson and Michael Devlin made there first return to Hamilton after Michael left last summer and Lewis left last January. They were not the only former Accies men in the Aberdeen side as Tomas Cerny and Stevie May also joined them.
Hamilton made just the one change from their Scottish Cup tie, with Tom Taiwo starting in place of Lenny Sowah.
Derek McInnes made also just one change from Saturday, with Stevie May replacing Niall McGinn.
Hamilton started the much better side on Wednesday evening, in what was a baltic night in South Lanarkshire. This came as a pleasant surprise to myself personally, as we rarely start on the front-foot. It was the best 20 minutes I’ve watched in a long time. The home side came mighty close to taking a well deserved lead on the 8th minute, when Dougie Imrie’s corner found the towering Matthew Kilgallon, who’s header came crashing off the underside of the crossbar after Joe Lewis made a quite incredible save to get a touch on it.
The Dons began to find there feet after a very slow start. The first attempt from the away side came after 21 minutes, when the ball was worked to Gary Mackay-Stevens, who unleashed a powerful shot wide of Ryan Fulton’s goal. Then on 25 minutes Aberdeen took the lead. The ball was sprayed out to Max Lowe on the left-hand side, who played it onto Stevie May in an advanced position. The former Accies man curled in a cross which was aimed for Sam Cosgrove. His first attempt was a header that he knocked down and set himself up for a second attempt, which was eventually bundled over the line by his left foot. The Dons continued to press in hope of killing the game, which they failed to do at Pittodrie at the weekend.
The final chance of the first half was a great chance for the visitors. Greg Stewart went on a run as The Dons broke free. The Aberdeen striker had a couple of different options – with the best option being Cosgrove on his inside. He decided to do it all by himself, which eventually led to a pass for Mackay-Stevens being overhit. A simple pass to Cosgrove and it would have probably been 2-0.
Half Time- Hamilton 0-1 Aberdeen
The second-half got underway, but this time it was the away side who were fast out of the traps unlike the first half. On 52 minutes, the Dons doubled their advantage and it was that man again, Sam Cosgrove. Mackay-Stevens found the big striker with a long ball, before he easily raced by Ziggy Gordon and bared down on goal, making no mistake as he curled it by Fulton to score his eleventh goal of the season. Another poor piece of defending by Accies.
Hamilton once again collapsed after going 2-0 down, as it was game over and 3-0 just four minutes later. May delivered in a corner from the left which was fantastically met by Cosgrove. His powerful header looked certain to bulge the back of the net but it was blocked by an Accies defender on the line, but former Accies midfielder Lewis Ferguson was there to make sure it went in, which rubbed more salt in the Hamilton wounds.
It looked as if it was going to get more embarrassing for the home side, with fans once again booing and shouting at the home dug-out. It was a comfortable and enjoyable end to the game for the travelling supports, who will have been thinking about the long trip home after seeing their side run out easy winners.
On 77 minutes, substitute Scott Wright came inches away from making it four, when a solo run was ended by a fantastic curling effort going inches wide of the goal.
Another night to forget for Accies, with relegation rivals Dundee also picking up a surprising 2-1 victory at Tynecastle against Hearts, moving them off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership Table. Life doesn’t get easier for Martin Canning’s men, as they travel to Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon to play the champions.
Finally, fair play to the 1,071 Dons fan’s who made the long journey from Aberdeen. I do the same journey myself every time we play in Aberdeen and its a long day out.
Full Time- Hamilton 0-3 Aberdeen
Fulton, McGowan, Kilgallon, Gordon, McMann, Imrie, Taiwo(81), Andreu, Gogic, Miller(41), Davies(61)
Subs- Marsden, Want, Penny, Sowah, Martin(81), Boyd(41), Keating’s(61)
Lewis, Logan, McKenna, Considine, Lowe, Ferguson(87), Shinnie, Mackay-Stevens, Stewart, May(81), Cosgrove(72)
Subs- Cerny, Ball(87), Hoban, Campbell, Gleeson(81), McGinn, Wright(72)
Referee- Greg Aitken
Assistants- Michael Banks & Brian Templeton
Fourth Official- Steven McLean
Attendance- 2,104 (1,071 Away)
Goals- Cosgrove(25,52), Ferguson(56)
Yellow Cards- McGowan(16), Gordon(28), Logan(51), Ferguson(78), Martin(82)
Red Cards- 0