Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton Academical 1-0 Motherwell

Dougie Imrie (left) headed the only goal of the game for Hamilton

Hamilton Accies retained their recent upper hand on their Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell, securing victory in a closely contested encounter.

Dougie Imrie's looping header proved the difference between the teams.

The result moves Accies six points clear of their opponents and continues a long unbeaten home run, now stretching to nine games.

Motherwell's lack of goalscoring threat once again proved to be their downfall as they fall to 10th.

Only bottom side Partick Thistle have scored fewer than Ian Baraclough's side, with the two set to meet at Fir Park next weekend.

In truth, this was a game of few chances at either end, but crucially Imrie took one of those created by Accies.

Antons Kurakins swung in a deep cross from the left and the winger climbed above Joe Chalmers to head past Motherwell goalkeeper Connor Ripley.

The visitors had survived two big scares in the first period, which was otherwise low on thrills.

Lucas Tagliapietra thought he had given Accies an early lead as he headed Ali Crawford's free kick into the net, but referee Craig Thomson awarded a foul for an infringement on Ripley.

And then, late in the half, Crawford hammered a left-foot shot off Ripley's bar from just outside the box.

Following Imrie's strike, Ripley did well to push away Greg Docherty's fierce shot, to keep Motherwell in the game.

But save for a late penalty shout for handball by Tagliapietra, they scarcely looked like salvaging anything from the match and on current form could be heading for another battle at the bottom end of the table.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 22LyonSubstituted forTenaat 76'minutes
  • 2Gordon
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 3Kurakins
  • 7Imrie
  • 6Gillespie
  • 11Crawford
  • 12Kurtaj
  • 21DochertyBooked at 57minsSubstituted forLongridgeat 84'minutes
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forNadeat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9D'Acol
  • 10Redmond
  • 15Sendles-White
  • 17Longridge
  • 24Tena
  • 26Martin
  • 27Nade

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 6McManusBooked at 74mins
  • 16Kennedy
  • 15Chalmers
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 14LasleyBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMcDonaldat 77'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 7AinsworthSubstituted forThomasat 82'minutes
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forJohnsonat 69'minutes
  • 20Moult

Substitutes

  • 5Laing
  • 11Johnson
  • 12Twardzik
  • 19Clarkson
  • 21Leitch
  • 23Thomas
  • 77McDonald
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
3,325

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Motherwell 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Motherwell 0.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Christian Nade.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jesus Garcia Tena.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Christian Nade.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Grant Gillespie.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

Attempt blocked. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

Jake Taylor (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Greg Docherty.

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

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Dom Thomas replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Scott McDonald replaces Keith Lasley.

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Jesus Garcia Tena replaces Darren Lyon.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Liam Grimshaw.

Attempt saved. Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Stephen McManus (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Motherwell 0. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) header from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Antons Kurakins.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Marvin Johnson replaces Theo Robinson.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

Jake Taylor (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Theo Robinson.

Attempt saved. Kieran Kennedy (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen77001221021
2Celtic7511178916
3Hearts75021510515
4Ross County8422127514
5Hamilton8413119213
6Dundee7322118311
7St Johnstone82241415-18
8Kilmarnock8224817-98
9Inverness CT8143710-37
10Motherwell8215510-57
11Dundee Utd8125815-75
12Partick Thistle8035211-93
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