Scottish Premiership
Hamilton1Motherwell1

Hamilton Academical 1-1 Motherwell

Media playback is not supported on this device

Highlights: Hamilton Academical 1-1 Motherwell

Louis Moult headed home in the final seconds as Motherwell came from behind against Hamilton Accies to draw despite playing most of the game with 10 men.

Well had been the better side until midfielder Lee Lucas was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Massimo Donati after 27 minutes.

Alex D'Acol headed home from close range from an Ali Crawford cross nine minutes after the break.

But Moult rose to meet a Carl McHugh cross in the final move of the game.

The equaliser came just as Accies looked like ending a run of 10 games without a win.

Well failed to make it a fourth consecutive win in Lanarkshire derbies but will be happy to come away with a point in the circumstances.

Promising Well start

Alex D'Acol heads Hamilton ahead
Alex D'Acol made the breakthrough for Hamilton

Motherwell would have taken the lead after only four minutes had Gary Woods not produced a top-class save to deny Scott McDonald.

Moult sent in a teasing cross from the right wing and, from six yards, McDonald's goalbound header was tipped over superbly by the Accies goalkeeper.

The visitors, looking to make it two away wins in a row for the first time this season, enjoyed the better of the early exchanges.

In typical derby style, players were fully committed and it became a busy time for both medical teams as a collision between three players going for a corner kick delivery caused concern.

Accies defenders Georgios Sarris and Lennard Sowah, along with Moult, all required treatment for head injuries, with Sarris off the pitch for a good five minutes for attention.

The Greek defender finished the first half but did not reappear after the interval. Next, Danny Redmond suffered a face injury in an accidental collision with Allan Campbell, and the Accies player couldn't continue and was replaced with Louis Longridge.

Lucas shown red

Well were reduced to 10 men when Lucas was sent off for a challenge on Donati.

Lucas certainly won the ball, but referee Euan Anderson deemed the tackle violent conduct.

From the resultant free-kick, goalkeeper Craig Samson did well to turn wide Crawford's 30-yard drive.

Donati, Eamonn Brophy put a header wide and Crawford all threatened for Accies, while Stephen McManus had a header cleared off the line at the other end after the break.

Crawford had what he thought was a goal disallowed for offside, but there was no question about the eligibility of Accies next effort as they broke the deadlock.

Crawford chipped the ball back from the right by-line and D'Acol headed home from close range for his sixth goal of the season.

The 10 men respond

Lee Lucas (left) goes into a tackle with Massimo Donati
Lee Lucas (left) was sent off for a challenge on Massimo Donati

The 10 men were still a threat and Moult, who scored four goals in Motherwell's victory in the last derby, came close to equalising.

McDonald set him up and the striker's low driven effort was tipped round the post by Woods.

Crawford thought he had increased Accies lead when his left foot shot eluded Samson, but McManus got back to clear off the goalline.

However, just when one goal looked like being sufficient for Accies to claim their first win in 11 games, Motherwell equalised.

In the third minute of stoppage time, Moult scored his sixth goal in his last four appearances against Accies with a header from a McHugh cross from the left.

Match reaction

Hamilton Academical player-manager Martin Canning: "I was 99% happy with the performance.

"We had enough opportunities and, on another day, we should have three, four, five goals and the game should be over.

"But again we throw away silly points at home in the last seconds of the game. We've got to go and clear our lines and we don't do it and their most dangerous player is standing by himself in the middle of our box, which is just criminal. That's why we are where we are.

"Individually, are we all good players? Yes! Can they all compete in this league - 100%! But, as a team, can we afford to give points away like that? No, we can't."

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee: "I'm delighted to get the late equaliser, but I'm disappointed we didn't win a game that, prior to the sending off, we had two great chances to take the lead.

"From the sending off, it was backs against the wall in difficult windy conditions and they get the goal, but I thought we threw everything at it to get an equaliser and obviously took one of the chances we'd been making.

"Lee Lucas is not a dirty player, he's not even an aggressive player, he's a footballer and I think what he did was he kind of protected himself and went in a little bit too robust and I don't think the referee had any choice but to send him off. But it wasn't malicious. It was just unfortunate."

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 34Woods
  • 6Gillespie
  • 4Devlin
  • 89SarrisBooked at 24minsSubstituted forKurtajat 45'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 2Seaborne
  • 21Donati
  • 20BrophySubstituted forMacKinnonat 77'minutes
  • 46Sowah
  • 10RedmondSubstituted forLongridgeat 21'minutes
  • 9D'Acol
  • 11Crawford

Substitutes

  • 12Kurtaj
  • 15Bingham
  • 17Longridge
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 28Cunningham
  • 33Hughes
  • 35Thomson

Motherwell

  • 1Samson
  • 2Tait
  • 4Heneghan
  • 6McManus
  • 26Campbell
  • 8McHugh
  • 18LucasBooked at 27mins
  • 20Clay
  • 30McMillanSubstituted forAinsworthat 85'minutes
  • 9MoultBooked at 90mins
  • 77McDonaldBooked at 56mins

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 11Bowman
  • 13Brill
  • 24McFadden
  • 25Ferguson
  • 29Mackin
  • 43Turnbull
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
3,526

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Motherwell 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Motherwell 1.

Booking

Louis Moult (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Motherwell 1. Louis Moult (Motherwell) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carl McHugh.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

Carl McHugh (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

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

Foul by Carl McHugh (Motherwell).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Richard Tait.

Attempt blocked. Lennard Sowah (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Massimo Donati (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Lionel Ainsworth replaces Jack McMillan.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Jack McMillan.

Attempt blocked. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Allan Campbell (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Richard Tait (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Darian MacKinnon replaces Eamonn Brophy.

Foul by Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical).

Stephen McManus (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lennard Sowah (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carl McHugh (Motherwell).

Attempt blocked. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Craig Clay (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt saved. Carl McHugh (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

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

Foul by Richard Tait (Motherwell).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Gary Woods.

Attempt saved. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Richard Tait (Motherwell).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic20191054144058
2Rangers2111642821739
3Aberdeen20114535191637
4Hearts2187638261231
5St Johnstone207762524128
6Ross County215882336-1323
7Partick Thistle215792429-522
8Dundee2164112128-722
9Motherwell205692533-821
10Kilmarnock214891635-1920
11Hamilton2121182131-1017
12Inverness CT2137112640-1416
View full Scottish Premiership table

Top Stories