Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton Academical 3-0 Aberdeen

By Cheri BurnsBBC Scotland
  • Hamilton win to extend lead
  • Andreu and Antoine-Curier goals earn points
  • Accies now four points clear

Tony Andreu scored twice as Hamilton Academical extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with an emphatic win over lacklustre Aberdeen.

The Frenchman forced in Dougie Imrie's cross in the first half and converted Danny Redmond's cut-back in the second.

And a late volley from Mikael Antoine-Curier rounded off the victory for the hosts.

The win opens up a four-point gap between Accies and Dundee United.

Alex Neil's home side came into the match in buoyant mood, having recorded their first win at Celtic Park for 76 years in their last outing.

They were bright from the off and got the reward for their early enterprise when Andreu capitalised on slack defending to open the scoring.

Ash Taylor failed to clear as Hamilton broke into the box and Imrie nipped in to lift the ball over advancing goalkeeper Jamie Langfield and leave Andreu a simple finish.

Tony Andreu and Ryan Jack
Hamilton have only lost once this season, while the Dons have now suffered four defeats

Going behind shocked Aberdeen into action and they might have levelled through Adam Rooney.

The ball cannoned fortuitously downfield to put the striker clean through on goal but he scuffed his shot and Michael McGovern was able to block.

Next up, David Goodwillie had his moment to shine from Barry Robson's pinpoint pass but the impressive McGovern again pulled off a solid save.

The New Douglas Park faithful appealed for a penalty after Antoine-Curier juggled the ball on to the arm of Robson but referee Kevin Clancy was unmoved.

Aberdeen seemed to be gaining momentum when Mark Reynolds' header looped over early in the second half but their good work was soon undone by Andreu's second.

The 26-year-old rounded off a sweeping attack by slotting in an assured pass from Redmond.

The visitors needed a spark and that came when substitute Niall McGinn entered the fray.

The Northern Irishman headed Willo Flood's delivery back across the box begging for a conversion, but Rooney could not get the vital touch.

McGinn then came within a whisker of netting himself courtesy of a well-struck free-kick that bounced wide.

For all that Aberdeen huffed and puffed, they could not find a way back into the game, and the hosts rounded off a perfect evening with a third goal.

Antoine-Courier connected with Ali Crawford's delivery to give Hamilton their 10th win in all competitions this campaign and fifth consecutive clean sheet.

Mickael Antoine-Curier scores for Hamilton Academical against Aberdeen
Antoine-Curier put the seal on Hamilton's win with his late strike
Antoine-Curier
The attacker celebrates the goal that rounded off an emphatic win

Line-ups

Hamilton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 4DevlinBooked at 74mins
  • 24TenaBooked at 65mins
  • 3Hendrie
  • 11Crawford
  • 6GillespieBooked at 49mins
  • 7ImrieBooked at 71mins
  • 22AndreuSubstituted forLongridgeat 84'minutes
  • 28RedmondBooked at 51minsSubstituted forMacKinnonat 72'minutes
  • 99Antoine-CurierSubstituted forRyanat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Scotland
  • 10Neil
  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 29Hill
  • 32Ryan

Aberdeen

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Langfield
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3ConsidineSubstituted forPawlettat 45'minutes
  • 2Logan
  • 8FloodBooked at 38mins
  • 22JackBooked at 80mins
  • 15RobsonSubstituted forMcGinnat 68'minutes
  • 11Hayes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forShanklandat 87'minutes
  • 17Goodwillie

Substitutes

  • 7Monakana
  • 10McGinn
  • 14Smith
  • 16Pawlett
  • 18Low
  • 20Brown
  • 25Shankland
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
4,093

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 3, Aberdeen 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 3, Aberdeen 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Andy Ryan replaces Mickael Antoine-Curier.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Hamilton Academical 3, Aberdeen 0. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ali Crawford.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lawrence Shankland (Aberdeen) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Lawrence Shankland replaces Adam Rooney.

  7. Post update

    Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jesus Garcia Tena.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Tony Andreu.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

  12. Booking

    Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

  17. Post update

    Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

  20. Post update

    Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton107211951423
2Dundee Utd96121812619
3Inverness CT9522138517
4Kilmarnock9522127517
5Aberdeen105141615116
6Celtic8422157814
7Partick Thistle83141312110
8Dundee9243912-310
9St Johnstone9306612-69
10St Mirren9216815-77
11Motherwell9216515-107
12Ross County9117721-144
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