To be honest I couldn’t wait any longer for the league football to start back as I was one of many fans who tuned into our games against Kazakhstan and the worlds worst team, San Marino. I was left embarrassed about how bad we were in both games. Astana was awful. We didn’t start well at all and were 2-0 down after 10 minutes, with Graeme Shinnie at fault for both goals which was enough to prove to me that he isn’t good enough for the national team. He was suspect for the third goal also as his Aberdeen team mate Scott McKenna was dragged out to cover his man as the left-back was caught to far up the park. The Centre-back lost the header against Zaynutdinov, who headed it by the helpless Scott Bain.
On the Sunday we faced the worst national side ever in San Marino, who have won one game in their history. Surely we couldn’t embarrasses ourselves even more and join Lichtenstein on the list of clubs that the La Serenissima have managed to beat. Scotland did get off to a flyer with Norwich City midfielder Kenny McLean heading home a cross after just two minutes into his international debut. At this point I thought that it was going to be a relatively comfortable afternoon for us but boy was I wrong. We were absolutely rotten. San Marino had a couple of chances to score. We did kill the game with 15 minutes to play, with Johnny Russell scoring his first Scotland goal as he slammed a Marc McNulty cross high into the net.
Thank god we have that play-off spot behind us.
Before the international break Accies picked up a huge points against Craig Levein’s Hearts side. A fantastic Aaron McGowan volley just after the half-hour mark was enough to seal the victory for the Lanarkshire side. It was the Englishman’s first goal for Hamilton since signing from Morecambe in the summer. The victory put Accies in control of the relegation battle, moving 7 points clear of bottom side St Mirren.
Kilmarnock are continuing to be mightily impressive under Steve Clarke and after they demolished us on Saturday and Aberdeen threw away a lead at Tynecastle, it means the Ayrshire side move into third and are just six points behind Rangers who are sat in second.
Stevie Clark made three changes from their 1-1 draw at Ibrox before the international break. Former Accies man Eamon Brophy missed out of Saturdays clash as he pulled up with a hamstring injury against Rangers. Alan Power also missed out through injury and Chris Burke dropped to the bench. Kris Boyd played up-front with Aaron Tshibola playing in midfield and Conor McAleny played on the wing.
Brian Rice unsurprisingly never changed anything from the fantastic performance two weeks ago against Hearts with Accies lining up in what looked like a 4-3-1-2.
The game got underway in the blaring sun in East Ayrshire and the hosts were well up from it from the start. It was an appalling start from the visitors who found themselves 1-0 down after just five minutes on the clock. The ball was moved around well before a fantastic over-the-top pass from Youssouf Mulumbu found Greg Taylor in acres of space as Aaron McGowan was nowhere to be seen . The left-back took a touch and blasted an effort at goal which went in via the post. The home side continued to press as Accies were really struggling to match Killie and it was almost 2-0 on the 11th minute. Mickel Millers clearance went straight to Aaron Tshibola to swung a cross into the box. There was a mix-up between keeper Gary Woods and Lenny Sowah, which led to Rory McKenzie hitting the deck but referee Andrew Dallas wasn’t interested. It wasn’t a great first half to be honest with not many chances since Taylors early strike.
Hamlton’s first effort of the afternoon didn’t come until the 34th minute when Millers cross from the left found the head of George Oakley, but his header was diverted straight at Bachmann.
Half Time- Kilmarnock 1-0 Hamilton
The second half got underway and I was glad to only be going down 1-0 at the break as I have faith in Brian Rice sorting them out at the break.
Unfortunately nothing changed on this occasion and the hosts were still in complete control. They made it 2-0 on after 55 minutes when Sowah was easily beaten by McKenzie, allowing the winger to drive into the box before his low drive was mishit by Kris Boyd but there was McAleny to slam the ball home from a couple of yards out. It was beginning to turn into a rout as Mulumbu made it 3-0. It was abysmal defending from Accies. A throw-in landed at the feet of the Congolese midfielder who laid it out to Mckenzie, who easily brushed aside Mackinnon before the Scot threaded a beautiful pass straight through the whole Accies defence back to Mulumbu, who curled it home by Woods, with not one Hamilton man near him.
McKenzie was one of the stand out players at the weekend for me and he should have made it 4-0 and got himself a well deserved goal. A deep cross from Stephen O’Donnell was knocked down by Boyd towards the on-running McKenzie, but his powerful volley from point-blank range was somehow kept out by Woods. What a fantastic save.
It was 4-0 not long after when once again Killie sliced open the Accies team with one pass. This time the ball was played into substitute Chris Burke who drove towards the by-line before his cross took a little deflection off of Kilgallon and ended up looping over the Hamilton keeper and into the back of the net. The Chadwick stand was rapidly emptying as if a fire alarm had gone off.
A dreadful day in Ayrshire ended with Hawaii Five-0 being played loudly around Rugby Park as other substitute Michael Ndjoli got himself on the score-sheet to make it 5-0. To be fair it was a belter. The winger raced towards goal before firing an effort from outside the box which hit the inside of the post and went in.
Full Time- Kilmarnock 5-0 Hamilton
Bachmann, O’Donnell, Findlay, Broadfoot, Taylor, Mulumbu(77), Dicker, Tshibola, McAleny(77), Boyd, McKenzie(83)
Subs- MacDonald, Bruce, Waters, Millar(77), Frizzell, Ndjoli,(83) Burke(77)
Woods, McGowan, Gordon, Kilgallon, Sowah, Gogic, Martin, Mackinnon, Andreu(62), Oakley(66), Miller
Subs- Fulton, McMann, Tshiembe, Smith, Mimnaugh, Boyd(62), McMillan(66)
Referee- Andrew Dallas
Assistants- David Doig & Paul O’Neill
Fourth Official- Lloyd Wilson
Attendance- 4,762 (262 away)
Goals- Taylor(5), McAleny(55), Mulumbu(63), Burke(84), Ndjoli(90)
Yellow Cards- Dicker (67), MacKinnon(67), Boyd(83), Martin(90)
Red Cards- 0