Aberdeen got back to winning ways as they narrowly beat Hamilton at Pittodrie yesterday afternoon.
It was yet another underwhelming performance from Brian Rice’s side, who once again failed to have a shot on target and gave the loyal 57 travelling fans nothing to get excited about all afternoon.
The only goal of the afternoon arrived on the 53rd minute when a cross towards the back-post from Niall McGinn caught the Accies defence napping and Sam Cosgrove was there to side-foot home his 19th of the season.
The Dons fashioned the first opening of the afternoon on the sixth minute when Lewis Ferguson picked out Shay Logan down the wing and his cross found James Wilson all by himself inside the six-yard box, but Luke Southwood done well to deny the winger. with his legs.
It was all Aberdeen early on, with Hamilton looking happy enough with sitting in and defending for a draw from the outset. The next chance didn’t arrive until midway through the first-half when Logan’s delivery was this time glanced wide by Cosgrove.
Minutes later, Niall McGinn, who was making his 300th appearance for Aberdeen seen his shot deflect into the path of Ryan Hedges and his rebounded effort was well saved and held by Southwood.
Accies managed to have their first attempt at goal on the 35th minute. After winning a free-kick on the left-hand side, Ross Cunningham curled the ball into the box and it was met by Aaron McGowan, but his effort went well wide.
The best chance of the first-half arrived a few minutes before the break when Wilson slipped the ball into McGinn and his effort was fantastically saved by Southwood. The rebound ended up hitting Wilson, who didn’t seem to know much about it and the ball was heading for the back of the net until McGowan headed it off the line.
On the stroke of half-time a quick free-kick by Funso Ojo nearly saw Aberdeen open up Hamilton, with McGinn’s cross towards the back-post finding Logan and the Hamilton keeper came to the rescue once again with another good save.
The second-half continued to be dominated by Aberdeen and they deservedly took the lead on the 53rd minute. Johnny Hunt cheaply lost possession in midfield before the ball was smartly switched out to Niall McGinn. The Northern Ireland international was allowed far to much space and his cross was side-footed home by Cosgrove at the back-post.
Despite the Dons taking the lead, Hamilton still posed no threat whatsoever and were still happy to soak up the pressure. George Oakley had a effort on the 64th minute, but it caused more trouble to the spectators behind the goal than to Joe Lewis in the Aberdeen goal.
It was a terrible half of football to be honest, Aberdeen hardly pushed for a second as they didn’t need to, while Accies had still made no attempt to try score.
Brian Rice eventually decided to try something different as he brought on Marios Ogkmpoe and David Moyo with ten minutes remaining. The two of them caused Scott McKenna and Ash Taylor a bit more trouble, but in all honesty it was to little to late.
Full Time- Aberdeen 1-0 Hamilton
What the managers said to BBC sport:
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: “It was a thoroughly deserved win on the balance of chances. First half, I thought we were very good in controlling the game and Joe Lewis has had nothing to do for the whole 90 minutes.
“There’s been a bug going through this club that’s wiped a few players out and I saw two or three feeling the effects of it, but a win’s a win. I was delighted to get Funso Ojo on the pitch and you see what he means to the team – he controlled the middle of the pitch – and we lost it when he went off at half-time.”
Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice: “I’m feeling disappointed to come up here and battle the way we did and to lose a sloppy goal – it’s fine margins in this league.
“We had plenty of possession but never had the cutting edge, but we’ve lost the game 1-0 and not been turned over. I can’t ask any more of the boys – they are sweating blood in that shirt and I’m so disappointed for them.”
What can I say apart from another appalling performance. Another game with no shots on target. Six shots on target in four games, with five of them coming in one game against Celtic. That’s relegation form and something needs to change now.
Aberdeen were awful on the day and if we had a go we probably would have got something. We also gifted a goal away by losing cheap possession in midfield.
We have two six pointers coming against Hearts and St Johnstone, we have to win both.
Lewis, Logan, McKenna, Taylor, Leigh(45), Ferguson, Ojo(46), Hedges(72), Wilson, McGinn, Cosgrove
Subs- Cerny, Considine(45), Gallagher(46), Campbell(72), Anderson, McLennan, Main
Southwood, Stubbs, Hamilton, McGowan, McMann, Hunt, Collar, Martin(81), Cunningham(70), Oakley(81)
Subs- Fon-Williams, Fjortoft, Mimnaugh, Beck(70), Davies, Moyo(81), Ogkmpoe(81)
Referee- Willie Collum
Assistants- Graham Chambers & Graham McNellie
Fourth Official- Greg Aitken
Attendance- 12,325 (57 Away)
Yellow Cards- Stubbs(85)
Red Cards- N/A