Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton Academical 0-2 Kilmarnock

Conor Sammon and Jordan Jones grabbed the goals as Kilmarnock ensured they are safe from automatic relegation with victory away to Hamilton Accies.

Sammon fired home from close range after Steven Smith's shot was blocked on the line.

Jones made it 2-0 before half time with a neat finish after Kris Boyd's head-flick set him up.

The win takes Kilmarnock to 38 points and they now cannot finish bottom of the Premiership.

Killie also moved back into seventh spot in the table, while Hamilton are now level on 32 points with second-from-bottom Motherwell.

Killie keep it tight

Hamilton got off to a bright start as Massimo Donati played in Dougie Imrie down the right.

His shot looked destined for the top corner, but Kilmarnock keeper Freddie Woodman did well to get a hand to the ball and divert the shot on to the post.

Kilmarnock settled into the game after that and they took the lead in the 11th minute.

The goal came from a well worked corner, with the ball eventually falling to Sammon and he applied the finish.

Freddie Woodman saves from Dougie Imrie
Hamilton's Dougie Imrie had two first-half shots brilliantly saved by Freddie Woodman.

The away side doubled their lead thanks to a flick-on from a throw in. Boyd nodded the ball into the box and there was Jones to fire low past Hamilton keeper Remi Matthews.

Woodman then did well to save from an Imrie header, getting a touch to divert the ball on to the left-hand post.

Accies denied

Woodman had to be in fine shot-stopping mode again to prevent Accies from getting back into this match in the second half.

Greg Docherty had the shot from the edge of the area, but Woodman was not to be beaten.

There was a big call for a penalty for Kilmarnock when Jones appeared to be bundled over in the box by Georgios Sarris, but there was not enough in it for referee Willie Collum and he waved play on.

McCulloch finds right mix

There is little doubt interim boss Lee McCulloch has brought a greater solidity to this Kilmarnock side.

Experienced campaigners such as Boyd, Smith and Gary Dicker, allied with talented youngsters such as Kristoffer Ajer, Greg Taylor and Jones playing in harmony, makes for an impressive unit pulling in the right direction.

Conor Sammon scores
Conor Sammon scored from close range to give Kilmarnock a crucial lead

Had Imrie's chances found the net, this would have been a different story and Woodman deserves great credit in the Kilmarnock goal for denying the winger twice.

On the evidence of this display, Killie should have more than enough to avoid the play-off place as well, but the future looks more precarious for Accies.

Post-match reaction

Hamilton manager Martin Canning: "I have said the last few weeks that, even when you win, you can't get too high and where you lose you can't get too low.

"It was a strange game, because we controlled large parts of the game and we didn't defend our box well enough.

"I don't remember Kilmarnock having many attempts at goal.

"Credit to Kilmarnock. When they got their goals, they defended properly, two or three fantastic blocks to stop us getting strikes away.

"We have had a bit of bad luck, Dougie Imrie has hit the outside of the post and the inside of the post. It just wasn't to be today."

Interim Kilmarnock manager Lee McCulloch: "Delighted with that - I didn't know that [that his side cannot now finish 12th].

"The focus has just been ourselves. It's not been anyone up above us or down below us.

"It's about coming into training every day and getting better every day. Getting better individually and as a team, not just the players but the staff too.

"Pleased with the result, but we're not home and dry yet.

"Didn't start too well, great set-play for the goals, something we have worked on several times this week.

"Peter Leven, the assistant manager, is always full of ideas. It was brilliant to see us get a goal from a set-play, which has been very uncommon this season. "

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Matthews
  • 39AdamsSubstituted forBrophyat 70'minutes
  • 89Sarris
  • 4Devlin
  • 23McMann
  • 7ImrieBooked at 54minsSubstituted forLongridgeat 60'minutes
  • 21Donati
  • 8Docherty
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forRedmondat 52'minutes
  • 9D'Acol
  • 15Bingham

Substitutes

  • 10Redmond
  • 14Gogic
  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 20Brophy
  • 30Boyd
  • 34Woods

Kilmarnock

  • 17Woodman
  • 27Hendrie
  • 8Dicker
  • 20Ajer
  • 24TaylorBooked at 80mins
  • 36Wilson
  • 3Smith
  • 18LongstaffSubstituted forKiltieat 77'minutes
  • 11JonesBooked at 54minsSubstituted forFrizzellat 90+3'minutes
  • 9BoydBooked at 83mins
  • 19Sammon

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 5Osborne
  • 10Kiltie
  • 21Frizzell
  • 25Roberts
  • 40Graham
  • 44Cameron
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
2,482

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Kilmarnock 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Kilmarnock 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Adam Frizzell replaces Jordan Jones.

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical).

Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Kristoffer Ajer (Kilmarnock).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Conor Sammon.

Booking

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Booking

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

Foul by Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical).

Conor Sammon (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

Attempt blocked. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Greg Kiltie replaces Sean Longstaff.

Foul by Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical).

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

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Massimo Donati.

Attempt missed. Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Blair Adams.

Attempt missed. Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Foul by Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical).

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

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

Foul by Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Dougie Imrie.

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

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

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

Foul by Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Kristoffer Ajer.

Attempt blocked. Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic34304092236994
2Aberdeen34214963303367
3Rangers341610849391058
4St Johnstone34157124640652
5Hearts341210125345846
6Partick Thistle341012123740-342
7Kilmarnock34814123249-1738
8Ross County34812144154-1336
9Dundee3496193655-1933
10Hamilton34614143050-2032
11Motherwell3488184064-2432
12Inverness CT34413173666-3025
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