Jim Goodwin’s St Mirren side moved off the bottom of the table on Saturday afternoon as they beat Hamilton to gain their first win on the road this season.
The match winner came through Cammy MacPherson, who drilled home from just outside the 18-yard box within the first ten minutes of the second-half. It was no more than the visitors deserved after already hitting the woodwork three times already beforehand.
Hamilton, who gave Celtic a real scare on Wednesday night were not at the races at all and failed to have a shot on target until the later stages of the game.
Accies poor discipline continued as they were hit with their sixth red card of the season when Alex Gogic was sent off for pulling down Cody Cooke and denying a clear goal scoring opportunity.
The Buddies nearly took an early lead on the fifth minute when Jonathan Obika flicked the ball onto Ilkay Durmus and his superbly executed volley was tipped onto the crossbar by Luke Southwood.
Jim Goodwin said in his post match press conference “Some of our players played out of position today” and it was clear that this was something Accies were trying to take advantage of. Everything was going down the left-hand side through Mickel Miller, who had the beating of Ryan Flynn.
Hamilton’s first attack of the afternoon came on the 14th minute when Marios Ogkmpoe sent Miller down the line. The low cross was flicked on by Lewis Smith and just as soon as Steve Davies looked set to slam home the equaliser at the back-post, there was Calum Waters to make a vital block.
There were huge claims for a penalty for the home side when Ogkmpoe was bundled over in the box, but referee Don Robertson remained unmoved.
St Mirren once again came close to breaking the deadlock ten minutes before the break when Junior Morias took down a high ball and set it up for Obika and his effort went inches wide of the post.
Brian Rice said post match: “The tone for the second-half was set straight from our kick-off”
St Mirren came out flying and struck the post just 20 seconds into the second-half. A long punt forward led to Morias outbattling Sam Stubbs as the pair duelled for the ball and his effort hit the post.
Goodwin’s men hit the woodwork for the third time on the 49th minute when MacPherson’s effort was tipped onto the upright by Southwood.
The Buddies made their dominance count as they took the lead on the 52nd minute through MacPherson, who scored his first league goal for the Paisley side.
The goal came from a cross on the left-hand side which was poorly dealt with by Scott McMann as his header only went as far as MacPherson, who rifled an unstoppable effort past Southwood from around 20 yards out.
The Saints nearly doubled their lead on the hour mark when a dangerous ball across the face of goal found Durmus, who was perched on the penalty spot. His effort looked destined to find the back of the net, but there was Southwood to make another fantastic save to keep his side in the game.
Cody Cooke came off the bench to replace Kyle McAllister and the Englishman nearly marked his return from injury with a goal just minutes after coming on. Aaron McGowan lost possession deep inside his own half and Cooke picked up the loose ball and seen his dipping effort tipped around the post.
Hamilton’s afternoon went from bad to worse as they received their sixth red card of the season as Alex Gogic denied a clear goal scoring opportunity as he pulled down Cooke as he raced through on goal.
Accies eventually managed to pull together a nice move on the 83rd minute which led to their first shot on target of the afternoon. A short corner found Smith, he played a nice one-two with Miller and his teasing cross found David Moyo, who could only direct his header straight at Vaclav Hladky.
Full Time- Hamilton 0-1 St Mirren
There is nothing else to say apart from embarrassing. Yet again on the big occasion we have bottled it. I find it impossible to explain how we can only cluster ONE shot on target against our relegation rivals Livingston and St Mirren, but we can go to Parkhead and have five shots on target and nearly take a point just a couple of days ago.
Something needs to change soon, and it cant see it being till at least Boxing Day when we host St Johnstone. Lets hope I’m wrong.
Southwood, McGowan, Stubbs, Easton, McMann, Hunt(56), Gogic, Smith, Miller, Davies(62), Ogkmpoe(56)
Subs- Fon-Williams, Hamilton, Collar, Beck, Martin(56), Moyo(62), Oakley(56)
St Mirren XI
Hladky, Flynn, McGinn(82), McLoughlin, Waters, MacPherson, McAllister(66), Magennis(76), Morias, Durmus, Obika
Subs- Lyness, McGinn(76), Henderson, Djorkaeff, Andreu(82), Mullen, Cooke(66)
Referee- Don Robertson
Assistants- David Doig & Paul O’Neill
Fourth Official- Kevin Graham
Attendance- 1,962 (839 Away)
Yellow Cards- Magennis(56), Martin(89), Waters(90), Andreu(90)
Red Cards- Gogic(77)