Scottish Premiership
Hamilton2St Johnstone4

Hamilton Academical 2-4 St Johnstone

Graham Cummins heads St Johnstone in front at New Douglas Park
Cummins heads St Johnstone in front at New Douglas Park

St Johnstone jumped up two places to fourth in the Premiership, having survived an early Hamilton onslaught.

Graham Cummins nodded in a Brian Easton cross before lashing in the rebound from a Michael O'Halloran shot.

David Wotherspoon and O'Halloran then added fine shots from distance to send Saints on their way to a fifth successive away victory.

Accies were denied by some smart goalkeeping until Jesus Garcia Tena scored with a free-kick and penalty.

Those late goals gave the scoreline a more realistic look and the hosts will rue not taking advantage of their strong start.

Hamilton looked as if they were in the mood to avenge the 4-1 loss in Perth in September and they quickly established themselves as the dominant attacking force, with Ali Crawford prominent.

Accies created a flurry of early chances, the best of which fell to Christian Nade only for the striker to be denied by the feet of keeper Alan Mannus, who would follow that with a nimble tip away to deny the same player.

As so often happens, the side on top lost concentration and Hamilton were caught out five minutes before the break as Darnell Fisher and O'Halloran linked to feed Easton and the left-back's accurate cross was nodded in by Cummins for an undeserved lead.

St Johnstone celebrate as Michael O'Halloran makes it 4-0 to the visitors
St Johnstone celebrate as Michael O'Halloran makes it 4-0 to the visitors

Soon after the interval Accies were left with it all to do after Saints extended their lead.

O'Halloran cleverly dragged the ball back to create shooting space from 12 yards and drew a wonderful reaction parry from Michael McGovern but the goalkeeper was helpless to prevent Cummins firing the loose ball in from an angle.

It got worse for Hamilton as St Johnstone made the most of their lead to inflict further misery on their hosts.

Wotherspoon had all the time he needed to control and shoot past McGovern for the third and Cummins wasted a golden chance to secure a hat-trick, firing into the body of McGovern.

However, the fourth goal was only delayed by minutes as the impressive O'Halloran hit a 20 yard shot low into the corner on 67 minutes.

Hamilton showed great spirit and kept fighting to claw back the deficit.

Central defender Garcia Tena located the top corner with a free kick from the edge of the box and he found the same corner from 12 yards out after Murray Davidson conceded a penalty with two minutes remaining,

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovernBooked at 63mins
  • 2Gordon
  • 24TenaBooked at 29mins
  • 5Canning
  • 3Kurakins
  • 6GillespieBooked at 90mins
  • 7ImrieBooked at 90mins
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forDochertyat 75'minutes
  • 17LongridgeSubstituted forD'Acolat 62'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 27NadeSubstituted forMorrisat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Turner
  • 9D'Acol
  • 14Morris
  • 15Sendles-White
  • 21Docherty
  • 26Martin
  • 30Boyd

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 3Scobbie
  • 6Anderson
  • 24Easton
  • 22Fisher
  • 29O'HalloranSubstituted forKaneat 85'minutes
  • 8Davidson
  • 26CraigBooked at 89mins
  • 10WotherspoonBooked at 69minsSubstituted forThomsonat 76'minutes
  • 18CumminsSubstituted forSuttonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Lappin
  • 11Sutton
  • 12Clark
  • 15McKay
  • 25Kane
  • 27Thomson
  • 44McCawl
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
2,216

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 2, St. Johnstone 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 2, St. Johnstone 4.

Booking

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Craig Thomson.

Booking

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 2, St. Johnstone 4. Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty Hamilton Academical. Jesus Garcia Tena draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) after a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

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

Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Craig (St. Johnstone).

Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Craig (St. Johnstone).

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

Foul by Darnell Fisher (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Christopher Kane replaces Michael O'Halloran.

Attempt missed. Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, St. Johnstone 4. Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

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

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Attempt saved. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Craig Thomson replaces David Wotherspoon.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Greg Docherty replaces Gramoz Kurtaj.

Substitution

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Tam Scobbie.

Booking

David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 0, St. Johnstone 4. Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 0, St. Johnstone 3. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Craig.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Alejandro D'Acol replaces Louis Longridge.

Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone).

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic13102134102432
2Hearts1382324141026
3Aberdeen138141916325
4St Johnstone136252721620
5Ross County135351815318
6Hamilton135351818018
7Dundee134541922-317
8Kilmarnock134361422-815
9Inverness CT133551216-414
10Motherwell134271015-514
11Partick Thistle13247919-1010
12Dundee Utd132291026-168
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