Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton Academical 0-0 Kilmarnock

Hamilton lost their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership following a sluggish stalemate with Kilmarnock.

Visiting goalkeeper Craig Samson had to keep out long-range efforts by Stephen Hendrie and Tony Andreu before the interval.

Kilmarnock improved in the second half, with Josh Magennis heading wide.

Accies keeper Michael McGivern pushed away a Sammy Clingan free kick and the home keeper made a good block at the feet of Rory McKenzie.

Hamilton manager Alex Neil included himself in his starting line-up, having been forced to make four changes, and he was influential as the hosts dominated midfield in the first half.

Andreu drilled an early shot narrowly wide of the far post but, for all of their neat passing, Accies were largely confined to long-range shots.

Samson pushed away decent efforts from distance from Hendrie, Andreu and Ali Crawford, and he also reacted well to grasp the ball after Neil headed it into the path of Jason Scotland.

Kilmarnock improved after the break and began to force some chances of their own.

McGovern needed to be quick off his line to stop Magennis capitalising on a loose ball after Jamie Hamill won a crunching challenge with Neil.

Magennis then outmuscled Ziggy Gordon on the right-hand side and cut into the box, but McGovern was off his line to block the shot.

Crawford and Sammy Clingan had free-kicks saved at either end before McGovern saved the hosts again following a sublime pass from substitute Alexei Eremenko.

The Finn put McKenzie through with an inch-perfect pass inside left-back Hendrie but McGovern narrowed the angle quickly and blocked the shot with his body.

Hamilton rallied in the closing stages but substitute Darren Lyon and Crawford could not trouble Samson with long-range efforts and they left the field to discover that Inverness had replaced them at the top of the table.

Line-ups

Hamilton

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1McGovern
  • 2GordonBooked at 88mins
  • 3Hendrie
  • 4Devlin
  • 6Gillespie
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forLongridgeat 63'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 28Redmond
  • 10NeilBooked at 28minsSubstituted forLyonat 59'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 22Andreu
  • 9ScotlandSubstituted forBrophyat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Lyon
  • 14McGrath
  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 29Hill

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Samson
  • 29PascaliBooked at 68mins
  • 23Chantler
  • 2Barbour
  • 6Connolly
  • 8Clingan
  • 33MuirheadSubstituted forEremenkoat 69'minutes
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 80mins
  • 16ObadeyiSubstituted forJohnstonat 69'minutes
  • 4Hamill
  • 28MagennisBooked at 51minsSubstituted forMillerat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Miller
  • 10Johnston
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 19Slater
  • 20Eremenko
  • 21Ngoo
  • 31Mackay
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
2,604

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Kilmarnock 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Kilmarnock 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Chris Chantler.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Booking

    Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

  10. Post update

    Lee Miller (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lee Miller (Kilmarnock).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Miller replaces Josh Magennis.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  19. Booking

    Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Manuel Pascali.