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St Johnstone 4-1 Hamilton Academical

Steven MacLean netted a hat-trick as St Johnstone made it back-to-back home wins with a comfortable demolition of Hamilton at McDiarmid Park.

MacLean set up Liam Craig to slam in the opener and added a penalty after a Darian Mackinnon hand ball.

The striker then met a Graham Cummins cross to slot home from eight yards.

MacLean stabbed home from a Michael O'Halloran knock-down in the second half before Lucas Tagliapietra headed in a consolation goal for Accies.

Hamilton had started more impressively on the back of their 3-2 win against Hearts last time out, knocking the ball around effectively going forward.

Unfortunately for player-manager Martin Canning, they looked vulnerable to the hosts' counter-attacking and that proved their undoing.

Cummins should have given Tommy Wright's side the lead as early as the seventh minute when he broke clear of a square back line.

But Michael McGovern was in the sort of form that got him the nod ahead of Alan Mannus in the Northern Ireland side as he raced out to block the forward's shot.

There was nothing he could do to prevent Saints surging into a two-goal lead in the space of just a couple of minutes midway through the opening period though.

So often troubled by injury, Murray Davidson limped off on 19 minutes and his replacement Liam Craig made an instant impact.

The midfielder got on the end of a MacLean cross to guide in his first goal since returning to McDiarmid Park after two seasons with Hibs.

Hamilton had no time to regain their composure before they found themselves two down when MacKinnon handled a Darnell Fisher free kick in his own penalty area.

MacLean sent McGovern the wrong way with the resulting kick after MacKinnon had picked up his fifth booking in five league games to add to the 14 from last season.

Steven MacLean completes his hat-trick with a good poacher's finish
MacLean completes his hat-trick with a good poacher's finish

It looked a case of how many Saints would score after that and MacLean collected his second of the afternoon by forcing in a Michael O'Halloran cross from the right.

He completed an impressive hat-trick on 54 minutes as Hamilton were once again shredded at the back with Craig causing chaos with a cross from the left.

O'Halloran nodded it down into the path of MacLean who prodded it behind McGovern to make sure he would be heading home with the match ball while the visitor's were going home with nothing.

That made it six for the season for the big striker who only managed three in an injury hit campaign last time and it will be a major boost to Saints' chances if he stays fit.

At least Hamilton could not be faulted for effort and that was rewarded when the St Johnstone defence failed to deal with a corner.

Central defender Tagliapietra forced the ball home and Accies made another couple of half chances but they will have to sharpen up at the back if they are to get back on track at Pittodrie on Tuesday.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 22FisherBooked at 61mins
  • 2Mackay
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 24Easton
  • 8DavidsonSubstituted forCraigat 20'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 7MillarBooked at 51mins
  • 10WotherspoonBooked at 34mins
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forThomsonat 78'minutes
  • 18CumminsSubstituted forSuttonat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scobbie
  • 4Lappin
  • 11Sutton
  • 12Clark
  • 25Kane
  • 26Craig
  • 27Thomson

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 24Tena
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 3Kurakins
  • 18MacKinnonSubstituted forDochertyat 62'minutes
  • 6GillespieBooked at 2mins
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forNadeat 45'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 12KurtajBooked at 90mins
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forLongridgeat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Canning
  • 10Redmond
  • 17Longridge
  • 21Docherty
  • 22Lyon
  • 26Martin
  • 27Nade
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
2,648

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 4, Hamilton Academical 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 4, Hamilton Academical 1.

Craig Thomson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

Craig Thomson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).

Craig Thomson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Christian Nade (Hamilton Academical).

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Nade (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. John Sutton replaces Graham Cummins.

Foul by Lucas (Hamilton Academical).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Carlton Morris.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by David Mackay.

Foul by Craig Thomson (St. Johnstone).

Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Craig Thomson replaces Steven MacLean.

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carlton Morris (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

Attempt saved. Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Liam Craig.

Booking

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Craig (St. Johnstone).

Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Darnell Fisher (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Chris Millar (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical).

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 4, Hamilton Academical 1. Lucas (Hamilton Academical) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Ali Crawford.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Michael O'Halloran.

Attempt saved. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Christian Nade (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Greg Docherty replaces Darian MacKinnon.

Booking

Darnell Fisher (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (St. Johnstone).

Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen6600112918
2Celtic7511178916
3Hearts75021510515
4Ross County7322117411
5Dundee7322118311
6Hamilton6312108210
7St Johnstone7223131308
8Motherwell721459-47
9Inverness CT713369-36
10Kilmarnock7124616-105
11Dundee Utd7115714-74
12Partick Thistle7034210-83
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