Ten-man Accies put in a dogged second-half performance on Saturday afternoon to claim a precious away point in Paisley, after striker George Oakley was sent off just five minutes into the second-half.
Hamilton came into the weekends game off the back of a fantastic display against Celtic last Saturday, where they narrowly lost 1-0 against the champions.
Jim Goodwin’s St Mirren side were looking to end a poor run of three successive defeats, with the most recent one coming in Dingwall last weekend when they lost in injury-time to Ross County.
There was a minutes silence to remember Fernando Ricksen, who sadly died during the week and it was impeccably observed by both sets of supporters.
The hosts started the much better side and came close to opening the scoring after four minutes when a cross was taken down by Kyle Magennis at the back-post and fired into the side-netting, before a cut-back by Paul McGinn was skied over the bar by Junior Morias ten minutes later.
The next chance didn’t come until the 27th minute when a corner by Magennis was met by former Accies man Tony Andreu, but his header was straight at Owain Fon-Williams.
The best chance of the game fell at the feet of Morias, when he found himself clean through on goal, However Brian Easton tracked back superbly and put in a timely challenge as he brushed Morias aside.
Hamilton’s first chance of the afternoon arrived just before half-time, when a corner was flicked into the side-netting by George Oakley.
Over the last few weeks I have noticed as an Accies fan that we tend to play much better in the second-half, so going in at 0-0 at half-time was fine by me considering St Mirren had been the much better side in the first-half.
However, everything that was probably discussed at half-time went out the window within five minutes of the second-half as Oakley was sent off by referee David Munro.
Hamilton didn’t panic though and were happy to allow St Mirren to have the ball because when it came to the final pass, The Buddies were seriously struggling to get past a solid Accies defence.
Goodwin threw on Kyle McAlister, Danny Mullen and Jonathan Obika in hope that they could eventually help break down Hamilton.
On the 60th minute an effort by Ilkay Durmus was heading for the top corner, but Sam Stubbs threw his body in front of the ball to make a crucial block. Minutes later a curling effort by Magennis went inches wide of the post.
The last few minutes were very intense and nerve-racking for the travelling Hamilton fans sitting behind the goal.
With one minute remaining a set-piece found the head of Danny Mullen. His header deflected into the path of Sam Foley, who was about to tap home into the empty net until substitute Jonathan Obika ended up getting in the way and blocking his own team-mates effort off the line.
it was another impressive performance from the Hamilton defence as they pick up a decent away point which every travelling fan was more than happy with considering the circumstances.
Full Time- St Mirren 0-0 Hamilton
St Mirren XI
Hladky, McGinn, Broadfoot, McLoughlin, Waters, Foley, Flynn, Andreu(69), Durmus(62), Magennis, Morias(77)
Subs- Lyness, Breadner, Djorkaeff, McAllister(62), McGinn, Mullen(69), Obika(77)
Fon-Williams, McGowan, Stubbs, Easton, McMann, Gogic, Collar(62), Alston, Smith(78), Ogkmpoe(74), Oakley
Subs- Southwood, Fjortoft, Want, Hughes(62), Beck(78), Moyo(74), Davies
What The Gaffers Said
Jim Goodwin: ” Its one of the most frustrating games I can remember for a long, long time. We dominated for a long time but just couldn’t find a way to break down Hamilton.”
Brian Rice: ” George Oakley is stupid, its a stupid challenge. There’s no need for him to go in, it’s a red card. But my players are getting punished and I don’t see other teams getting punished.”
I was optimistic for getting all three points on Saturday following our decent run of form as of late, however after we went down to ten-men I was more than happy with a point. We defended outstandingly once again with Sam Stubbs proving even more how great a defender he is. Brian Easton has come onto a game recently after starting the season slowly. Maybe Sam is giving him some confidence.
The red card for me wasn’t a red card. At the time I thought it was a second yellow, but after reviewing it I disagree. How the referee has called it wrong from the position he was in baffles me.
Next week we play Livingston in a must win. Bring it on 🇦🇹💪
Referee- David Munro
Assistants- Frank Connor & Graham McNeillie
Fourth official- Willie Collum
Attendance- 4,807 (253 Hamilton)
Yellow Cards- Oakley(21,50), McAllister(83) Fon-Williams(90), McGowan(90)
Red Cards- Oakley(50)