Scottish Premiership
HamiltonHamilton Academical3HeartsHeart of Midlothian2

Hamilton 3-2 Heart of Midlothian

By Chris McLaughlinBBC Sport
Hamilton scorers Ali Crawford and Jesus Garcia Tena celebrate
Ali Crawford and Jesus Garcia Tena scored for Accies

Hamilton Academical ended Hearts' 100% league run after a pulsating and controversial match in Lanarkshire.

Billy King cancelled out Gramoz Kurtaj's first-half opener as the game swung from end to end.

But the turning point came when Hearts defender Callum Paterson was red carded for a two-footed lunge just minutes after he gave the visitors the lead.

Hamilton took full advantage through goals from Ali Crawford and Jesus Garcia Tena to take all three points.

Hearts not only lost the game but were knocked off the top of the Scottish Premiership by Celtic after the reigning champions' 3-1 win over St Johnstone.

As expected, both sides flew out of the traps full of confidence and the game was quickly swinging end to end.

Hamilton midfielder Crawford was first to have a pop at goal, but his fierce 20-yard effort was tipped past the post by Neil Alexander at full stretch.

Jamie Walker had a similar effort at the other end 15 minutes later - this time his volley was held by Michael McGovern at the second attempt.

But, as the clouds parted in Lanarkshire, it was the home side who started to dominate in the late summer sunshine.

Referee Willie Collum sends off Callum Paterson
Referee Willie Collum showed a red card to Callum Paterson with Hearts leading 2-1

Kurtaj should have given them the lead 10 minutes before the interval.

After a great through ball from Crawford, the German simply had to hold his nerve and pick his spot, but instead he was picking himself up off the pitch following a comedy stumble and mishit that he'll be keen to forget.

He made up for it just before the break, but there was still an element of comedic value courtesy of the Hearts defence.

Alim Ozturk failed to deal with what appeared to be harmless long ball, as did the outrushing Alexander, and Kurtaj took advantage, although his finish was less than convincing and the ball trickled into the back of the net.

Those in red and white jumped to their feet, those in Maroon were left with heads firmly in hands.

However, Billy King poked high past McGovern just after the break to level things and it looked like the Hearts tails were well and truly up.

Paterson blasted in at the back post to give Hearts the lead and the home fans must have thought their chance of an upset had gone. How wrong they would be.

Referee Willie Collum then flashed a red card to Paterson for a foul on Darian McKinnon.

Players crowded the officials, furious at just about everything, and referee Willie Collum started flashing yellow cards like confetti.

The sending off was to prove pivotal, though, because Crawford blasted in a stunning 25-yard equaliser just five minutes later and Tena fired past Alexander at the second attempt to give Hamilton the points.



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 24TenaBooked at 79mins
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 3KurakinsBooked at 27mins
  • 6GillespieBooked at 90mins
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forNadeat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 79mins
  • 11Crawford
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forDochertyat 90+5'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14MorrisBooked at 32minsSubstituted forLongridgeat 90+1'minutes


  • 10Redmond
  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 21Docherty
  • 26Martin
  • 27Nade
  • 30Boyd


Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Alexander
  • 2PatersonBooked at 77mins
  • 18RossiBooked at 78mins
  • 5Ozturk
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 6Gomis
  • 12KingSubstituted forNicholsonat 90'minutes
  • 8BuabenBooked at 79minsSubstituted forReillyat 90'minutes
  • 7Walker
  • 19Delgado Lloria
  • 10SowSubstituted forMcGheeat 81'minutes


  • 3McHattie
  • 11Nicholson
  • 13Hamilton
  • 16Oliver
  • 20Reilly
  • 22McGhee
  • 35McKirdy
William Collum

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 3, Heart of Midlothian 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 3, Heart of Midlothian 2.

  3. Booking

    Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Greg Docherty replaces Gramoz Kurtaj.

  5. Booking

    Christian Nade (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Christian Nade (Hamilton Academical).

  7. Post update

    Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Igor Rossi.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Juwon Oshaniwa.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Carlton Morris.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Sam Nicholson replaces Billy King.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gavin Reilly replaces Prince Buaben.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Hamilton Academical 3, Heart of Midlothian 2. Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Alim Ozturk.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Hamilton Academical 2, Heart of Midlothian 2. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

  17. Post update

    Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

  19. Post update

    Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).