Accies unsteady start to the season continued on Saturday lunchtime when they lost 4-0 to Hearts at NDP. Defensive errors were the main cause of the defeat, with the second half dismissal of Martin Canning only adding to the gloom. The bad news continued later, when Billy Reid revealed in the post match press conference that skipper Alex Neil is likely to be missing for a few months following his recent operation.
The match photographs are now available.
To complete an unhappy day for the club the u19s lost 8-0 against Celtic at Barrowfield this morning.Suspension wise, Andy Graham misses Tuesday v Raith Rovers while Martin Canning misses next Saturday v ICT.
Clydesdale Bank SPL
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Hamilton Accies 0 Hearts 4
Any hopes that Accies had of bouncing back from their defeat at Aberdeen were crushed as they went down by an identical scoreline to Hearts at NDP. Billy Reid made a couple of changes, with Joel Thomas and Brian McQueen starting the game in place of David Buchanan and Gary McDonald. Accies did play reasonably well in spells but didn't really threaten the Hearts goal, while at the other end some poor defensive errors virtually handed the points to Hearts.
After a decent start, Joel Thomas made a late tackle on a Hearts man in his own penalty area and was shown a yellow card by referee Stephen Finnie. Worse was to follow for the Hoops a couple of minutes later when Calum Elliot was given plenty of space to take aim from 20 yards. His superb left footed shot gave Tomas Cerny little chance and the visitors were off to a flier.
Accies competed well for the next quarter of an hour, but then more calamitous defending gave David Templeton the opportunity to fire the ball high into the net from 20 yards. It was another great finish but that was of no consolation to Accies, who now trailed by 2-0. The half time scoreline didn't really flatter the visitors, as Accies had made too many mistakes and were clearly lacking in cohesion and confidence.
Billy Reid made an interesting change at half time, with Jack Ross being replaced by debutant Jim McAlister, who joined from Morton in the summer. Accies were denied what appeared to be a clear penalty kick just after the resumption, when it looked like Flavio Paixao was pushed in the back by Lee Wallace. Just a few minutes later and it was clear that this would not be Flavio's day. Dougie Imrie was being his usual self and he sent in a terrific cross from the left. Flavio got in ahead of the defence but his header was just a fraction too high and it thudded against the crossbar before being cleared.
Accies were enjoying their best spell of the game but both Flavio Paixao and Joel Thomas spurned decent chances to take on the Hearts defence after being sent clear in space. Jim McAlister also showed up well and should prove to be a useful addition to the squad. Accies were given what appeared to be an advantage just after the hour when Ruben Palazeulos, cautioned in the first half, got his second yellow card for a foul on Flavio Paixao. Both teams made a change after this, with Billy Reid deciding to sacrifice Brian McQueen and bring Gary McDonald into the game. This then led to Jim Jefferies replacing Suso Santana with Kevin Kyle.
Just a couple of minutes later, the former Killie man nearly extended the lead when he got his head to a free kick and although his looping header beat Tomas Cerny it went wide of the target. It was then Accies' turn to come close, with Gary McDonald almost able to stab the ball in from close range after a corner kick.
Then came a personal disaster for Martin Canning. He misjudged a bouncing ball near the halfway line, allowing Calum Elliot a clear run at goal. Elliot ran all the way into the area and was about to take his shot when he fell under a challenge from Martin. The red card and penalty kick were inevitable and Kevin Kyle made an expert job of the spot kick, giving Tomas Cerny no chance. 6 minutes later, the agony was complete, when Kyle Wilkie was dispossessed in midfield. This allowed Calum Elliot a clear run at goal and he easily tucked the ball past Cerny.
That completed the scoring, but both teams had chances prior to the final whistle. These included Flavio Paixao having a shot blocked on the line and Calum Elliot being denied a hat trick by a fine save from Tomas Cerny.
So there was to be no consolation goal for the Accies fans and nothing to lift the gloom. Accies are back in action on Tuesday when they face Division 1 pace setters Raith Rovers in the Co-Operative Insurance Cup. There's no reason to suspect that the game will be anything other than difficult, but it's time for this squad to display their SPL credentials.
|Goal attempts on target |
|Goal attempts off target |
|Corner kicks |
|Yellow cards |
|Red cards |
Accies; Cerny, Ross (McAlister 46), Skelton, Canning, McQueen (McDonald 64), Mensing, Imrie, Wilkie, Thomas, Marco Paixao, Flavio Paixao
Substitutes; Murdoch, Graham, McDonald, McAlister, Lyle, Kirkpatrick, Routledge
Ordered Off; Canning
Hearts; Kello, Wallace, Barr, Palazeulos, Santana (Kyle 68), Black (McGowan 78), Templeton (Mrowiec 63), Elliot, Bouzid, Thomson, Zaliukas
Substitutes; Balogh, Kyle, McGowan, Novikovas, Thomson, Robinson, Mrowiec
Goals: Elliot (6, 81), Templeton (22), Kyle (pen 75)
Cautions; Palazeulos (2), Elliot
Ordered Off; Palazeulos
Referee; Stephen Finnie