Scottish Premiership
St JohnstoneSt Johnstone0HamiltonHamilton Academical1

St Johnstone 0-1 Hamilton Academical

By Roddie McVakeBBC Scotland
Tony Andreu takes the plaudits from his team-mates after firing Hamilton ahead at St Johnstone
Tony Andreu takes the plaudits from his team-mates after firing Hamilton ahead at McDiarmid Park

Tony Andreu scored his 13th goal of the season as Hamilton beat St Johnstone to go third in the Premiership table.

Saints' Michael O'Halloran hit the bar from close range before Accies took a first-half lead thanks to Andreu's hooked volley.

Accies striker Mickael Antoine-Curier hit the bar with a deflected drive after the break.

And the hosts' James McFadden was sent off for a second booking when he tangled with substitute Eamonn Brophy.

Hamilton are now level on 39 points with second-placed Celtic.

St Johnstone's run of six straight wins was ended on 1 January with a 2-0 defeat at Aberdeen, while Hamilton hammered Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell 5-0 on the same day.

Tony Andreu celebrates
Tony Andreu was the match-winner for Hamilton, firing home from Stephen Hendrie's delivery

Accies certainly looked the more confident in the opening exchanges as Andreu and Dougie Imrie had digs at goal, but Saints goalkeeper Alan Mannus was barely tested by either.

When St Johnstone did finally venture into the visitors' box, they almost took the lead. A corner kick led to a goalmouth scramble and the ball fell to O'Halloran a few yards out, but his effort clipped the bar and flew over.

McFadden then threatened to break the deadlock with a piece of magic. The former Scotland man collected the ball on the right, danced his way past two defenders and sent a curling effort towards the top corner, but it was just off target.

McFadden's influence was growing as the half wore on, but it was Hamilton who hit the front, thanks to some slack Saints defending.

Stephen Hendrie did the set-up work with a cross into the area from the left and the home defence simply stood back and watched the unmarked Andreu hook the ball home from a few yards out.

It could have been 2-0 before the break when Ali Crawford sent Antoine-Curier in on goal with a sublime pass, but the defence put some pressure on the striker and he fired wide.

James McFadden red card
St Johnstone's James McFadden was shown a red card in the second half against Hamilton

Accies settled into their usual passing style at the start of the second half and almost went 2-0 up through Antoine-Curier. Imrie raced into the box and cut the ball back from the left, but the big striker's shot took a deflection off Steven Anderson and rattled the bar.

O'Halloran almost got on the end of a McFadden centre, but the Accies defence was alive to the situation and the ball was cut out before it reached the Saints ace.

The hosts went close to a leveller when McFadden's corner was fired goalwards by Anderson, but it was blocked a few yards from goal by a couple of Hamilton defenders.

Moments later, McFadden was sent off for a second booking, after a foul on Brophy.

The hosts tried to find a late equaliser, but Hamilton looked the more dangerous side on the counter and they saw the game out comfortably against the 10 men.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 2Mackay
  • 5Wright
  • 4LappinBooked at 45mins
  • 6Anderson
  • 22CroftSubstituted forWotherspoonat 58'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 7Millar
  • 8McDonaldSubstituted forCaddisat 81'minutes
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 14GrahamSubstituted forMacLeanat 58'minutes
  • 17McFaddenBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 3Scobbie
  • 9MacLean
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 15Banks
  • 16Caddis
  • 19Miller
  • 20Brown

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 6Gillespie
  • 5CanningBooked at 56mins
  • 4Devlin
  • 3Hendrie
  • 18MacKinnonSubstituted forDochertyat 89'minutes
  • 7ImrieBooked at 90mins
  • 8Routledge
  • 22Andreu
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forLongridgeat 86'minutes
  • 99Antoine-CurierSubstituted forBrophyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 24Tena
  • 28Redmond
  • 29Hill
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
3,202

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home5
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Johnstone 0, Hamilton Academical 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 0, Hamilton Academical 1.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Chris Millar (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jon Routledge (Hamilton Academical).

  6. Post update

    David Mackay (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Greg Docherty replaces Darian MacKinnon.

  9. Post update

    Foul by David Mackay (St. Johnstone).

  10. Post update

    Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) because of an injury.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Ali Crawford.

  13. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to James McFadden (St. Johnstone).

  14. Post update

    Foul by James McFadden (St. Johnstone).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Stephen Hendrie.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Liam Caddis replaces Gary McDonald.

  18. Post update

    David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jon Routledge (Hamilton Academical).

  20. Booking

    David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.