Accies slipped to yet another defeat when they lost by the odd goal in three to Hibs at NDP on Tuesday. Goals by Akpo Sodje and Derek Riordan gave the visitors a two goal advantage and Flavio Paixao's added on time effort didn't change the course of the game. Ali Crawford (left) had an impressive 45 minutes as a substitute but was unable to help Accies gain anything from the match.
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Clydesdale Bank SPL
New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Tuesday 1 March 2011
Hamilton Accies 1 Hibernian 2
Accies edged a bit closer to the drop when they lost to Hibs at NDP on Tuesday night. Accies played well for large portions of the game, but their achilles heel of being unable to score goals was again the cause of their downfall. Billy Reid made a couple of changes for this game and it meant that, for once, he used a front pairing of both Mickael Antoine-Curier and Damian Casalinuovo.
Accies had a few attacks in the opening quarter of an hour but they didn't really threaten Graham Stack's goal. Hibs did look menacing when they broke forward, but the Accies central defensive trio of McLaughlin, Mensing and Elebert were in good form. Simon did really well when he tracked a run into the area by Callum Booth but the then put in a brilliant tackle on the youngster to avert the danger. Hibs claimed in vain for a penalty kick but it was excellent stuff from the Accies man. The visitors came close to breaking the deadlock in the 19th minute when Akpo Sodje got to a near post corner but his header went just over the top.
Simon Mensing had been the subject of plenty of unwelcome press attention since Monday but he came close to grabbing a headline for the right reasons in the 32nd minute when he rose to meet a corner kick from Flavio Paixao. His thumping header beat Graham Stack but smacked off the crossbar. From the rebound, the ball was fed to Mickael Antoine-Curier but his close range shot was well saved. At this stage, Accies were looking the more likely team to score but 4 minutes later, Akpo Sodje fired the ball low past Tomas Cerny after the ball had been crossed in from the right to give his team a lead they scarcely merited. Accies got forward again a few minutes later and this time Graham Stack fell heavily after clutching a cross. He was replaced by Graeme Smith and left the pitch clutching his chest.
Accies had a half chance to equalise in added on time when the Hibs defence didn't clear a low cross properly. Unhappily, they got away with it and led by that single goal at the break. Billy Reid realised that the forward duo of Antoine-Curier and Casalinuovo wasn't working and replaced Damian with youngster Ali Crawford at the interval. Accies got caught cold on the resumption and within about 10 seconds Tomas Cerny did well to save from Derek Riordan. Accies really put some serious pressure on the visitors defence after that and Mickael was unfortunate to see his back post effort bounce over the crossbar. This was followed in the 58th minute by an almighty scramble in the Hibs box, which they survived and then a brilliant Dougie Imrie corner kick that missed the goal by a whisker.
That it might not be Accies night was confirmed in the 73rd minute when the ball was cleared off the Hibs line following another Imrie corner kick. Billy Reid decided to go for broke after this, with the superb David Elebert being sacrificed in favour of Nigel Hasselbaink. Nigel was barely on the park when the visitors exploited the gap left by Elebert and when Dougie Imrie and Ali Crawford dithered, the hibs player ran through and squared the ball to Derek Riordan, who replicated Sodje's first half finish to make it 2-0.
Accies did all they could to grab a foothold in the game, with Gary McDonald, Ali Crawford and Jon Routledge all doing well. Dougie Imrie was unfortunate to become the only player to be cautioned when the referee adjudged that he had made contact with Richie Towell's face. From the main stand, it looked as if there had been no contact. But although a couple of decent moves were created they didn't come to anything until the final minute of the 4 added minutes, when Flavio Paixao lashed the ball past Smith from inside the area. That was to be the last notable act of the game and Hibs went away with all 3 points.
So it was another hugely frustrating night for Accies and the SPL table does not tell a happy story. However, as you would expect the players and management will not be conceding anything when there are so many points to be won and lost over the coming weeks.
|Goal attempts on target |
|Goal attempts off target |
|Corner kicks |
|Yellow cards |
|Red cards |
Accies; Cerny, Elebert (Hasselbaink 75), Mensing, McLaughlin, McDonald, Flavio Paixao, Carrington, Routledge, Casalinuovo (Crawford 46), Imrie, Antoine-Curier
Substitutes; Murdoch, Skelton, Graham, McAlister, Crawford, Gillespie, Hasselbaink
Goal; Flavio Paixao (90)
Hibernian; Stack (Smith 42), Towell, Palsson, Dickoh, Hanlon, Sodje (Duffy 89), Riordan, Scott, Wotherspoon, Booth, Miller (Murray 64)
Substitutes; Smith, Nish, Murray, Rankin, Duffy, Stevenson, Thornhill
Goals; Sodje (37), Riordan (75)
Referee; George Salmond