Hamilton were held to a goalless draw against ten-man Motherwell at a freezing cold New Douglas Park on Saturday afternoon.
Brian Rice’s men failed to capitalise on their extra man advantage after Christopher Long was shown two yellow cards in quick succession. There is no doubt that it is another two vital points dropped for Accies, who had the chance to pile even more pressure on bottom side Hearts.
Although Hamilton dominated the majority of the game, they hardly tested Mark Gillespie in a game that had very few chances.
Brian Rice made two changes from the side that drew with Hearts last weekend, with Scott Martin and Blair Alston coming in for the suspended Jamie Hamilton and Scott McMann who was unwell.
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson made four changes to the side that got knocked out of the Scottish Cup during the week. Richard Tait, Declan Gallagher, Mark O’Hara and Christopher Long came in for Bevis Mugabi, Liam Grimshaw, Jake Carroll and Ross MacIver.
The hosts started the game brightly and the inform Marios Ogkmpoe had an early opportunity to score the third consecutive game. A perfectly threaded pass from Blair Alston saw Ogkmpoe go through one-on-one, but his effort was saved by Gillespie.
Motherwell had two efforts soon after with Rolando Aarons volleying Tony Watt’s cross wide and when Christopher Long dragged his effort past the post, but the turning point arrived on the 37th minute.
The 24-year old was stupidly booked for kicking the ball away before seven minutes later he tripped David Templeton, giving referee Colin Steven no other option than to send him off.
Hamilton nearly took advantage of having an extra man instantly when on the 42nd minute Johnny Hunt’s cross was met by David Moyo, who could only guide his header wide.
The first real chance of the second half came on the 73rd minute. Scott Martin and Andrew Winter linked up well in midfield, before playing in Templeton, who drove forward and fired his powerful effort inches over the bar.
However, Well nearly won it right at the death when Liam Polworth’s effort was fantastically saved from Luke Southwood from close-range.
A Lanarkshire Derby which won’t last long in the memory, that’s for sure.
Full Time- Hamilton 0-0 Motherwell
HAMILTON XI :
Southwood, McGowan, Want, Gogic Martin, Collar (Mimnaugh, 83), Hunt, Alston (L. Smith, 51), Templeton, Moyo (Winter, 61), Ogkmpoe.
Subs unused: Gourlay (GK), McKenna, Reilly, Redfern.
MOTHERWELL XI :
Gillespie, Tait, Hartley, Gallagher, Donnelly, Campbell, O’Hara, Polworth, Aarons (Hylton, 77), Watt (Maciver, 67), Long.
Subs unused: Carson (GK), Grimshaw, Seedorf, Maguire, Mugabi.
Referee- Colin Steven
Attendance- 2,581 (1,182 Motherwell)
Yellow Cards- Hunt(4), Long( 31,38), O’Hara(34), Gogic(59), Gillespie(73), Gallagher(90)
Red Cards- Long(38)