Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton Academical 1-1 Partick Thistle

Alex D'Acol scores
Alex D'Acol's fifth goal of the season put Accies ahead

Hamilton Academical drew in the Premiership for the ninth time this season after Partick Thistle fought back for a point at New Douglas Park.

Alex D'Acol pounced on a Liam Lindsay error to fire the hosts ahead.

Ade Azeez missed with a lob and Kris Doolan hit a post as Thistle pressed in the second period.

Sean Welsh did find the net with a shot in the second period to level and team-mate Callum Booth later had a goal disallowed for offside.

Hard to separate

These two sides, like many in the bottom seven in the Premiership, are incredibly well-matched, making it very difficult to determine who might be involved in a relegation scrap and who will be vying for a top-six place.

Five of the pair's last six meetings have ended in stalemate and few would have been startled by this one going the same way.

Even their formations were almost mirror images, with both managers playing three at the back, five in midfield and two up front, which in the first half meant both sides rather cancelled each other out.

But the second half was a more open encounter as Thistle tried to force the issue and though they got the equaliser their pressure deserved, they could not find a winner.

Sean Welsh scores for Hamilton
Welsh (centre) latched on to a clearance to level the scores

Profligate Partick

The Jags, who scored when struck from inside the box, did stem a three-match losing run and move off the bottom of the Premiership on goal difference.

But their tendency not to take advantage of the good openings they create is proving costly on an almost weekly basis.

Azeez missed a glorious opportunity in the first period and Doolan was unfortunate to see his header come back off the post.

They pounded Accies' goal after the break, Ryan Edwards having a good effort fielded by Gary Woods before Welsh coolly side-footed past the keeper.

Thistle were denied a victory by the assistant's flag - Chris Erskine adjudged to have been offside when he crossed for Booth to tap in.

Hamilton hold on

Accies have not beaten Thistle in 11 attempts now and would have been relieved to survive that scare.

The point keeps them above their opponents but they now face a tough run of games before Christmas, with visits to Inverness and Aberdeen, meetings home and away with Celtic and a home match against Rangers.

They have now drawn seven of their last nine games and, like Thistle, need to convert single points into three on a more regular basis in order to avoid a battle against the drop.

Apart from D'Acol's early goal - when he robbed Lindsay before rounding Tomas Cerny to slotting into the net - they created relatively little but held firm in the second half to secure the point.

What the managers said

Hamilton Academical player-manager Martin Canning: "On the balance of play I think a point was probably a fair result. I didn't think either team did enough to win it.

"But for us it's yet another time we've put ourselves in a winning position and not taken three points.

"But you can't think every time you go ahead in a game you should win it. I think you've got to earn the right to win it and I didn't think we did.

"At the minute it seems teams are capable of winning one week, getting beaten the next week and drawing the next but not putting together a sustained run if you look at the pack of seven teams."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "We thought at the time Chris Erskine was onside and we watched the footage back and he is. It's a very poor decision from the linesman.

"Very disappointing. That's what they're paid to do and we've come away with one point instead of three because of it.

"These decisions are very costly. We put a lot into that second half and we thought we did enough to get all three points but we'll use it to drive us on.

"There's not a lot in it. It's a very tight table but we stressed to the lads we need to win these six-pointers with teams roundabout us."

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 34Woods
  • 4Devlin
  • 21DonatiSubstituted forDochertyat 52'minutes
  • 2SeaborneBooked at 87mins
  • 6GillespieBooked at 40mins
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 84mins
  • 7Imrie
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 50mins
  • 46Sowah
  • 15BinghamSubstituted forBrophyat 70'minutes
  • 9D'Acol

Substitutes

  • 8Docherty
  • 10Redmond
  • 17Longridge
  • 20Brophy
  • 22Lyon
  • 35Thomson
  • 89Sarris

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 23Gordon
  • 13Barton
  • 5LindsayBooked at 90mins
  • 3Booth
  • 6Osman
  • 4Welsh
  • 16AzeezSubstituted forErskineat 60'minutes
  • 19Edwards
  • 14Elliott
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 7Amoo
  • 10Erskine
  • 11Lawless
  • 15Devine
  • 18Wilson
  • 20McDaid
  • 35Stuckmann
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
2,210

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Partick Thistle 1.

Ziggy Gordon (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle).

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

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

Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Danny Seaborne (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

(Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Seaborne (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Danny Seaborne.

Booking

Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical).

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lennard Sowah (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt blocked. Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Lennard Sowah (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Rakish Bingham.

Attempt blocked. Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Partick Thistle 1. Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Chris Erskine replaces Adebayo Azeez.

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt saved. Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic13121039112837
2Rangers168532117429
3Hearts1676331191227
4Aberdeen147342314924
5St Johnstone156452219322
6Kilmarnock154561424-1017
7Ross County163761728-1116
8Hamilton152941721-415
9Motherwell154382027-715
10Dundee164391422-815
11Partick Thistle153571722-514
12Inverness CT163582132-1114
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