Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton Academical 1-0 St Johnstone

St Johnstone duo Danny Swanson and Richard Foster were sent off for fighting with each other as Hamilton struck late to move off the foot of the Premiership table.

Alex D'Acol scored the crucial goal that lifted Accies above Inverness CT.

But the main talking point came at the end of the first half.

Swanson and Foster were involved in a furious on-field altercation after the whistle and both were shown red cards at half time as a result.

The sides were evenly matched in the first half with the hosts marginally shading possession.

Saints, however, coped well with the numerical disadvantage and looked like taking an unlikely point until D'Acol scored from close range.

Despite the defeat, St Johnstone have confirmed their place in the top six due to results elsewhere.

The battle of New Douglas Park

The football became an afterthought after the incredible altercation between Foster and Swanson.

Richard Foster (left) was sent off for his part in the incident with team-mate Danny Swanson
Richard Foster (left) was sent off for his part in the incident with team-mate Danny Swanson

There appeared to be a verbal exchange between the players, Foster then aimed a punch at Swanson and he retaliated by appearing to kick Foster in the face.

Other players then intervened and before long it seemed as if every player - plus backroom staff - were involved.

At half-time news emerged that referee Don Robertson had sent-off both Swanson and Foster, and brandished yellow cards to Ali Crawford and Paul Paton.

Hamilton assistant manager Guillaume Beuzelin was sent to the stands.

It was the second major brawl in a matter of days in Scottish football following the fracas involving Hibernian and Morton.

Low quality first-half

The half-time brawl took away almost every memory of a lacklustre opening 45 minutes.

Hamilton had had the better of things, with Greg Docherty impressing in midfield.

His shot in the fourth minute was fiercely struck and forced St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus into a fine save.

Saints' Danny Swanson (number 11) saw red for the altercation with Richard Foster
Saints' Danny Swanson (number 11) saw red for the altercation with Richard Foster

A fluffed volley by Dougie Imrie should have yielded more for the home side, before Georgios Sarris' header was deflected wide.

Then came a glorious chance for Rakish Bingham. The striker had an age to get his volley away but he blazed the effort high into the stands as the groans rang out around the stadium.

Late joy for Accies

With a two-man advantage, Hamilton put the pressure on Saints but again they struggled to create any clear cut chances.

Credit is due to the Saints players left on the pitch as they dug in to try to salvage a point.

A great chance fell to Crawford who flashed in a first-time shot from the edge of the area but St Johnstone keeper Mannus produced a fantastic reaction save to keep the score at 0-0.

Alex D'Acol was the hero for Hamilton with a vital late winner
Alex D'Acol was the hero for Hamilton with a vital late winner

But just as it looked like it would finish goalless, the ball fell to D'Acol who fired home from close range in the 90th minute to grab a hugely valuable three points for the home side.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Matthews
  • 6GillespieSubstituted forSkondrasat 52'minutes
  • 89Sarris
  • 4DevlinBooked at 23mins
  • 23McMann
  • 8DochertySubstituted forBrophyat 66'minutes
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 45mins
  • 7Imrie
  • 15BinghamSubstituted forRedmondat 75'minutes
  • 9D'Acol

Substitutes

  • 3Skondras
  • 10Redmond
  • 14Gogic
  • 19Jamieson
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Donati
  • 39Adams

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 19FosterBooked at 45mins
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 3Scobbie
  • 24B Easton
  • 4AlstonSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
  • 8Davidson
  • 18Paton
  • 26CraigSubstituted forMillarat 86'minutes
  • 11SwansonBooked at 45mins
  • 29CumminsBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 7Millar
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 12Clark
  • 15Smith
  • 27Thomson
  • 31Hurst
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
1,662

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, St. Johnstone 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, St. Johnstone 0.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, St. Johnstone 0. Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott McMann.

Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Chris Millar replaces Liam Craig.

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

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

Booking

Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical).

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

Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Attempt missed. Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

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

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

Foul by Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Daniel Redmond replaces Rakish Bingham.

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

Foul by Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone).

Foul by Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical).

Clive Smith (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Paul Paton.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Brian Easton.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

Attempt saved. Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Greg Docherty.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Alan Mannus.

Foul by Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical).

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Liam Craig.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Graham Cummins.

Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic29272076185883
2Aberdeen30194760243661
3Rangers3014974334951
4St Johnstone30127113938143
5Hearts291181050371341
6Partick Thistle30910113335-237
7Kilmarnock30712112946-1733
8Dundee3086163248-1630
9Ross County30610143250-1828
10Motherwell3077163458-2428
11Hamilton30512132747-2027
12Inverness CT30413133454-2025
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