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Hamilton Academical 2-0 Motherwell

By Andrew SouthwickBBC Scotland
  • Jason Scotland opens scoring in first half
  • Ali Crawford's 10th goal of season doubles lead
  • Hamilton's first win under Martin Canning

Player-manager Martin Canning claimed his first win since taking charge of Hamilton as they won the Lanarkshire derby against Motherwell.

Jason Scotland put Hamilton in front after Lee Erwin tried to be too clever in midfield and lost possession.

Ali Crawford extended the lead after half-time with a well-placed shot.

While Hamilton have secured their top-flight status for another season, Motherwell have it all to do to avoid the play-offs.

A win for Ross County on Saturday would see the Steelmen slip nine points behind the Dingwall men with just 12 to play for, while St Mirren can also close the gap at the bottom to seven points.

It was nights like these that Friday night football was designed for, and Motherwell supporters packed out the away end at New Douglas Park, welcoming the teams out with a colourful card display.

On the field there were half chances at both ends. Grant Gillespie sent a weak shot wide for Hamilton, before goalkeeper Michael McGovern palmed away Motherwell winger Lionel Ainsworth's deflected effort.

Hamilton then took full advantage when Erwin gave away possession in his own half, leaving Scotland to slip in between two defenders to pick his spot in the bottom left-hand corner.

Erwin almost made up for his error when he caught the ball on the half-volley but his shot swept past the post.

Both sides hit the bar with shots from Accies' Michael Devlin and Motherwell's Marvin Johnson.

There was dejection for Motherwell's Keith Lasley at full-time
There was dejection for Motherwell's Keith Lasley at full-time

Hamilton striker Darian MacKinnon saw his powerful effort saved but it was Motherwell who finished the first half the strongest with Erwin and Ainsworth getting shots away from inside the area.

They started the second half on the front foot too; Erwin almost diverting a free-kick from the left into the far corner, but they would pay for their profligacy in front of goal.

Crawford's first touch from Dougie Imrie's pass set the former up for his left-foot shot into the corner, his 10th goal of the season.

Substitute Dom Thomas's low shot skimmed the post for Motherwell, then Devlin headed over from close range.

Motherwell's confidence slowly disappeared and defeat in their next fixture against Ross County could condemn Ian Baraclough's men to the relegation play-offs.



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1McGovern
  • 12LyonBooked at 83mins
  • 4DevlinBooked at 72mins
  • 24TenaSubstituted forDe Lima Tagliapietraat 59'minutes
  • 3Hendrie
  • 17Longridge
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 6Gillespie
  • 11Crawford
  • 7Imrie
  • 9ScotlandSubstituted forHasselbainkat 67'minutesBooked at 85mins


  • 14Hasselbaink
  • 15MacDonald
  • 16Watson
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 29Hill
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Long
  • 18Law
  • 45LaingSubstituted forKerrat 29'minutes
  • 6McManus
  • 44Straker
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 14Lasley
  • 48Pearson
  • 24JohnsonSubstituted forThomasat 60'minutes
  • 19Erwin
  • 77McDonaldSubstituted forSuttonat 73'minutes


  • 5Ramsden
  • 9Sutton
  • 12Twardzik
  • 20Kerr
  • 22Moore
  • 26Thomas
  • 47Grant
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Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamMotherwell
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 2, Motherwell 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 2, Motherwell 0.

  3. Post update

    Lucas (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

  7. Post update

    Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen McManus (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

  11. Post update

    (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Erwin (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lucas (Hamilton Academical).

  14. Post update

    John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

  16. Post update

    John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Booking

    Nigel Hasselbaink (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  19. Booking

    Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical).

As It Stood

3Inverness CT32167944331155
4Dundee Utd32154135247549
5St Johnstone33146132932-348
8Partick Thistle33108154138338
10Ross County33107163956-1737
12St Mirren3363242259-3721
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