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Summary

  1. Lionel Ainsworth scores two goals in a minute for Motherwell
  2. Darren Lyon sent off for Hamilton
  3. Substitute John Sutton adds two more goals

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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That's enough from me. Thanks for your company and congratulations to Motherwell on a fine win tonight. There will be highlights of the match available on the BBC Sport website from midnight.

Can St Mirren and Ross County respond to that Motherwell victory tomorrow? The Dingwall side are on a great run of four wins and a draw. We'll cover all of the Premiership action on Saturday, starting with Dundee v Aberdeen in the lunchtime kick-off.

Motherwell are building a bit of momentum at home now. That's seven points from their last three matches at Fir Park. Every point is vital at this stage of the season for the trio battling it out at the bottom.

That thumping victory will feel like sweet revenge for fans of the Steelmen since local rivals Accies knocked in nine goals in two big wins against their team earlier in the season.

Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough on BBC Radio Scotland

"It feels nice. It's reward for the players and all of their hard work.

"Both of our goalscorers have not been involved every week, so it just shows everyone is pulling in the right direction.

"We have two weeks to build for the next game, with an international break, and we'll go into the weekend with smiles on our faces."

There was nothing between the teams in the first half but a belter of an opening goal from Lionel Ainsworth just knocked the stuffing out of Hamilton and their winless run now stretches to 11 games. Martin Canning's side's long stay in the top six will be over if Dundee and St Johnstone win on Saturday.

Motherwell stay in the play-off spot but are now level on points with 10th-placed Ross County and four clear of bottom side St Mirren. The Buddies go to St Johnstone tomorrow, with the Staggies hosting Kilmarnock.

FULL-TIME

MOTHERWELL 4-0 HAMILTON

Motherwell striker John Sutton celebrates scoring his side's third of the night with team-mate Lee Erwin (right).
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A very handy three points for Motherwell, with Lionel Ainsworth and John Sutton each helping themselves to two goals in the second half at Fir Park.

As we enter stoppage-time, Motherwell forward Lee Erwin twists one way then the other and his deflected shot is pushed round the post by the flying Michael McGovern.

BBC Sportsound pundit Derek Ferguson

"The only Hamilton positive for me is Nigel Hasselbaink, who has looked a real livewire since he came on."

SUBSTITUTION

Just before that penalty, Hamilton brought on Eammon Brophy for Dougie Imrie and Motherwell's Lionel Ainsworth was given a standing ovation as Craig Moore took his place. Now, Motherwell youth Dominic Thomas is on for Marvin Johnson.

GOAL

MOTHERWELL 4-0 HAMILTON (Sutton)

John Sutton has two goals to his name after coming off the bench as he places the spot-kick low into the corner.

PENALTY

Lee Erwin is toppled by a sliding challenge from Ziggy Gordon as he makes his way to the byline, with the Accies full-back booked.

GOAL

MOTHERWELL 3-0 HAMILTON (Sutton)

Having scored two, Lionel Ainsworth turns provider with flighted cross from the right for John Sutton to head home from almost underneath the crossbar.

Both sides make a change as Louis Longridge replaces Danny Redmond for the visitors and Motherwell bring on top scorer John Sutton for Scott McDonald.

CLOSE!

A big chance for Lionel Ainsworth to get his hat-trick as Scott McDonald sends the Motherwell winger speeding into the penalty area and his angled strike is a whisker away from the bottom corner.

Motherwell are 2-0 up against 10-men, so why are they caught two-v-two at the back on a Hamilton break? No harm done as Danny Redmond and Nigel Hasselbaink cannot find a way through.

Nigel Hasselbaink has done more in a few minutes than Jason Scotland did in nearly 70 as he darts into the six yard box to meet Kieran MacDonald's drilled cross but the ball is slightly behind him and he can only steer an awkward shot wide.

Motherwell are bossing the ball now, knocking it around confidently with 10-man Accies chasing shadows.

SUBSTITUTION

Nigel Hasselbaink is on for Jason Scotland and the Accies sub is involved straight away, leaving three opponents for dead before his measured, side-foot finish slides agonisingly wide.

RED CARD

Hamilton's Darren Lyon is shown a straight red from referee Callum Murray
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A bad night for Hamilton just got worse as Darren Lyon is sent packing for a two-footed lunge at Marvin Johnson.

YELLOW CARD

Hamilton defender Jesus Garcia Tena is booked for catching Lee Erwin with a late tackle in the centre circle.

The TV cameras at Fir Park pick put St Mirren manager Gary Teale, who knows his team will be cut four points adrift at the bottom if Motherwell hold on to this lead. The Buddies visit St Johnstone tomorrow.

BBC Sportsound pundit Derek Ferguson

"Hamilton need a Plan B but I don't think they have one. They are losing all of their individual battles."

Veteran striker Jason Scotland is a laboured figure up front for Hamilton. Surely the visitors are thinking of a change.

Lionel Ainsworth is in the mood for a hat-trick as Accies keeper Michael McGovern tips away his shot and a follow-up header from Lee Erwin is scrambled clear.

Hamilton get a wee half chance as the ball bounces up to Ali Crawford on the edge of the penalty area and his volley flies wide.

GOAL

MOTHERWELL 2-0 HAMILTON (Ainsworth)

How's that for a quick one-two? A Marvin Johnson cross makes it way right across goal and there is Lionel Ainsworth at the back post and his shot skews high into the net.

GOAL

MOTHERWELL 1-0 HAMILTON (Ainsworth)

Lionel Ainsworth opens the scoring at Fir Park
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Hamilton are caught napping as Motherwell's Stephen Pearson takes a quick free-kick, laying it off to Lionel Ainsworth, who absolutely thunders a shot home from 30 yards.

KICK-OFF

We're up and running again...

There's five more top flight games tomorrow, starting with Aberdeen's lunchtime visit to Dens Park. The Dons can go level with league leaders Celtic with a win, with the champions then facing Dundee United for the fourth time in 14 days at three o'clock.

Will we get a goal tonight? I'm sure both side will show the same purpose and appetite after the break but it might get a bit cagey in the final 20 minutes or so if the deadlock isn't broken.

BBC Sportsound pundit Derek Ferguson

"Motherwell have had numerous corners and free-kicks and Hamilton are not the biggest of sides, so that could be a way through for the home side if they can find the right delivery."

HALF-TIME

MOTHERWELL 0-0 HAMILTON

Hamilton's Grant Gillespie (left) and Motherwell's Anthony Straker battle for possession.
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Not a classic. It's been largely scrappy but both sides have been full of endeavour and hard graft. Dougie Imrie went close with a fantastic volley for the visitors, while Jesus Garcia Tena made a fabulous clearance to deny Motherwell striker Lee Erwin a tap-in.

Motherwell' stand-in right-back Josh Law goes close to a cracker of an own goal as he scoops the ball away from the feet of Jason Scotland and his chipped clearance has keeper George Long scrambling before going just wide.

Michael Devlin is back on in time to defend a free-kick. The visitors have been giving away a lot of set-pieces near their own goal but have yet to be put under any real pressure.

Hamilton player-boss Martin Canning is off for a wee warm-up as Michael Devlin gets a bloody nose attended to on the sidelines.

BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

"The pitch is in a terrible state, with lots of sandy patches, but the game is being played with a pace and intensity which makes me think we are going to get goals."

A swift counter-attack from the visitors ends with Dougie Imrie scuffing a shot from wide right in the penalty box. He had options inside him and is getting a few dirty looks from team-mates.

Scott McDonald takes the set-piece and simply boots the ball straight into the defensive wall.