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Hamilton Academical 1-1 Kilmarnock

Sean Longstaff scores early goal for Kilmarnock
Sean Longstaff opens the scoring for Kilmarnock

Hamilton Academical and Kilmarnock shared the points from a hard-fought draw at New Douglas Park.

Sean Longstaff gave the visitors an early lead as Killie dominated for much of the first half.

However, Accies equalised with two minutes of the first half remaining through Eamonn Brophy.

Both sides created chances in the second half, Kris Boyd going close for Killie and Danny Seaborne for Accies, but neither side could find a winner.

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Canning takes point, Clark frustrated

Kilmarnock started the game brightly and took the lead on seven minutes when Longstaff picked up the ball 22 yards out and drilled a low shot past Gary Woods for his second goal in two matches.

The visitors were passing superbly from the back with Celtic loanee Kristoffer Ajer outstanding in central defence, but his mood was in contrast to that of Boyd up front. The former Scotland striker was increasingly frustrated by the lack of a killer pass to capitalise on the early ascendancy.

That failure was compounded as Accies got into the game more, and substitute Brophy, who had come on for Alex D'Acol, should have done better from a good Danny Redmond pass.

But Brophy more than made up for that with two minutes to go to the interval, a sublime turn and shot from 20 yards flowing past Freddie Woodman for the youngster's second goal of the season.

Conor Sammon
Conor Sammon, on loan from Hearts, came off the bench to aid Killie's attack

The second period did not bring as many chances, especially as Accies got closer to their men and did not give Killie the same space in which to play.

Rory McKenzie did set up Boyd two minutes after the break but the striker hooked his shot wide before Redmond caused all sorts of confusion in the home defence from a corner.

The visitors brought on January loanee Conor Sammon for Boyd, but it was McKenzie who had the last chance to win the game in injury time, with his header saved by Woods.

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning: "I think a point was just about right. Kilmarnock started better than we did but we changed it and I was pleased with our second-half performance.

"I will take a point, it is four out of six and while I would have wanted six out of six, this is still valuable.

"This league is so tight, it only takes two or three wins in a row for people to push themselves into the top six. I have not spoken about totals or targets to stay in the division, but we are looking up the way rather than down and it has been a good few days."

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark: "It was frustrating in the end because I thought we were outstanding in the first half-hour and so dominant. But we had to scrap and fight for a result all the same.

"We have had four games against Hamilton this season and they have all been extremely tight which shows you how close we all are. These are the games, though, it would be good to take points from.

"We shot ourselves in the foot a bit, but we are really young and I'm excited about the future, especially when you see the quality on the bench today.

"I want to find a way of getting two strikers on the pitch and Conor Sammon will play a big part in that.

"I am looking upwards and that is why I am frustrated. It is not arrogance, but we have to have that belief that we can get in their further up the table."

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 34Woods
  • 4Devlin
  • 21DonatiSubstituted forHughesat 82'minutes
  • 2Seaborne
  • 39Adams
  • 6Gillespie
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 7ImrieBooked at 15mins
  • 10RedmondBooked at 51minsSubstituted forBoydat 90'minutes
  • 9D'AcolSubstituted forBrophyat 15'minutes
  • 15Bingham

Substitutes

  • 1Matthews
  • 16Watson
  • 20Brophy
  • 28Cunningham
  • 30Boyd
  • 33Hughes
  • 36McKirdy

Kilmarnock

  • 17Woodman
  • 27Hendrie
  • 36WilsonBooked at 64mins
  • 20Ajer
  • 24Taylor
  • 8Dicker
  • 3SmithSubstituted forHawkshawat 42'minutes
  • 7McKenzie
  • 18Longstaff
  • 11JonesSubstituted forUmerahat 62'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 9BoydSubstituted forSammonat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 12Tyson
  • 13Umerah
  • 16Boyd
  • 19Sammon
  • 25Roberts
  • 33Hawkshaw
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
2,159

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Kilmarnock 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Kilmarnock 1.

Attempt saved. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Dean Hawkshaw (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Rakish Bingham.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Darian MacKinnon.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Steven Boyd replaces Daniel Redmond.

Conor Sammon (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Dean Hawkshaw (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Ronan Hughes replaces Massimo Donati.

Attempt missed. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Kristoffer Ajer (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Josh Umerah (Kilmarnock).

Blair Adams (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Josh Umerah (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Umerah (Kilmarnock).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Conor Sammon replaces Kris Boyd.

Foul by Luke Hendrie (Kilmarnock).

Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sean Longstaff (Kilmarnock).

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

Booking

Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock).

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

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Josh Umerah replaces Jordan Jones.

Foul by Sean Longstaff (Kilmarnock).

Massimo Donati (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

goal

As It Stood

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1Celtic23221060144667
2Aberdeen23134640202043
3Rangers2412753226643
4Hearts24107745311437
5St Johnstone239772925434
6Motherwell2366112739-1224
7Ross County2459102742-1524
8Kilmarnock235992038-1824
9Partick Thistle2458112432-823
10Dundee2365122333-1023
11Hamilton2431292535-1021
12Inverness CT2439122845-1718
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