Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 0-0 Hamilton Academical

By Alasdair LamontSenior football reporter, BBC Scotland at the Falkirk Stadium
Hamilton's Ali Crawford

This attractive-looking match between two promotion-chasing sides turned out to be a drab affair.

But Falkirk extend their unbeaten league run to eight games and they both move a point closer to leaders Dundee.

The visitors came closest to scoring, with Ali Crawford having a goal-bound shot cleared off the line by the highly impressive Will Vaulks.

And Hamilton's Mickael Antoine-Curier passed up a glorious chance, heading wide from point-blank range.

On the evidence of this game neither team looked like title contenders.

These clubs have a reputation for encouraging young talent and allowing them to flourish in teams that try to play passing football.

Those elements were all present here, but the efforts of both teams to play in this manner only occasionally led to goalscoring opportunities.

Anthony Andreu stung the palms of Michael McGovern in the Falkirk goal early on, while Mark Millar had Kevin Cuthbert scrambling for a free kick that curled just wide of the Accies keeper's right-hand post.

Falkirk were almost rewarded for splendid work firstly by Phil Roberts and then Craig Sibbald, but the latter's cross took a slight deflection denying Conor McGrandles a header into an empty net.

But the home side had a narrow escape shortly before the break as Crawford's shot beat McGovern only for Vaulks to get back brilliantly to clear off the line.

If Falkirk were grateful for that let-off, they breathed another sigh of relief just after the break when Stephen Hendrie's cross presented Antoine-Curier with a gilt-edged opportunity, but with a free header inside the six-yard box, he somehow sent the ball wide.

If anything there was an even greater dearth of end product in the second half, but Jay Fulton tried to put that right, only for his glancing header to land on the roof of the Accies net.

Substitute Blair Alston did likewise in the closing minutes as the game petered out.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Duffie
  • 3Kingsley
  • 7FultonSubstituted forShepherdat 74'minutes
  • 6Vaulks
  • 34McCrackenSubstituted forFlynnat 53'minutes
  • 11McGrandles
  • 35Millar
  • 9RobertsBooked at 82minsSubstituted forAlstonat 85'minutes
  • 33Loy
  • 10Sibbald

Substitutes

  • 4Durojaiye
  • 5Flynn
  • 8Alston
  • 12Bowman
  • 18Small
  • 19Leahy
  • 31Shepherd

Hamilton

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2Gordon
  • 3HendrieBooked at 63mins
  • 6Gillespie
  • 5Canning
  • 4Devlin
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 85mins
  • 22Andreu
  • 7KeatingsSubstituted forRyanat 79'minutes
  • 99Antoine-CurierSubstituted forBrophyat 85'minutes
  • 17Longridge

Substitutes

  • 16Watson
  • 19Currie
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 24Tena
  • 32Ryan
  • 33Kilday
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
3,099

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home0
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away0
Fouls
Home6
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Falkirk 0, Hamilton Academical 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Falkirk 0, Hamilton Academical 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Blair Alston (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  4. Post update

    Kieran Duffie (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Andreu (Hamilton Academical).

  6. Post update

    Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Mickael Antoine-Curier.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Blair Alston replaces Philip Roberts.

  10. Booking

    Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Conor McGrandles (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  14. Booking

    Philip Roberts (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Philip Roberts (Falkirk).

  16. Post update

    Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Andy Ryan replaces James Keatings.

  18. Post update

    Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical).

  20. Post update

    Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.