Scottish Premiership
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St Johnstone 0-0 Hamilton Academical

By Liam McLeodBBC Scotland at McDiarmid Park

St Johnstone and Hamilton Academical contested a goalless stalemate on a poor McDiarmid Park surface.

With star striker and Rangers target Michael O'Halloran rested, the draw was the fifth successive game in which Saints have failed to score.

The dominant hosts saw Graham Cummins and Craig Thomson miss in either half.

Carlton Morris hacked John Sutton's late header off the line. Accies lie level on points with 11th-placed Kilmarnock, with a game in hand.

The match survived a morning pitch inspection and both teams struggled on the heavy surface, prolonging their winless respective runs - five for Saints, seven for Accies.

There was a glaring omission in the Saints' starting line-up with manager Tommy Wright admitting O'Halloran was not mentally ready for the match amid speculation he is on the brink of a move to Rangers.

Accies player-boss Martin Canning had considered selecting himself, though a midweek training ground knock ruled him out of a side embarrassed by bottom tier Annan Athletic in the Scottish Cup a week ago.

The visitors started like they meant business with Greg Docherty's deflected effort going wide.

Saints went close with MacLean's header flashing just over and Cummins ought to have done better with a shot after a clever dummy by Murray Davidson.

As a poor first half wore on, Saints began to control proceedings without putting Accies keeper Michael McGovern under much duress.

As he had done at the start of the half, Docherty from distance again, this time forcing the first save of the match from Alan Mannus.

It took till beyond the hour mark for any kind of second half action of note as both sides had attempts.

Wotherspoon and Darian MacKinnon traded shots which both went wide before Thomson - on his first Saints start volleyed over.

Accies looked unperturbed by last week's meek capitulation the longer the match wore on and Gramoz Kurtaj spurned an opportunity after cutting in from the wing but his effort was blocked on the line.

Sub Carlton Morris headed just over as the visitors pressed for a winner, and both teams had hand-ball penalty appeals turned down by referee Andrew Dallas.

Firstly Steven Anderson blocked a cross ball before a John Sutton flick appeared to bounce off the arm of Ziggy Gordon in the opposite penalty area - the St Johnstone argument looked the stronger of the two.

Sub Sutton thought he had scored and but for Gordon's goal-line intervention he probably would have done as the clock ticked down.

There will be a frustration from both sides that victory eluded them with Accies having now won just once in their last 13, though they do at least move a point further away from Dundee United at the bottom of the Premiership.

Line-ups

St Johnstone

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Mannus
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 2Mackay
  • 6Anderson
  • 24Easton
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 8Davidson
  • 4LappinSubstituted forCraigat 77'minutes
  • 27Thomson
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forSuttonat 83'minutes
  • 18CumminsSubstituted forKaneat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scobbie
  • 11Sutton
  • 12Clark
  • 16Caddis
  • 22Fisher
  • 25Kane
  • 26Craig

Hamilton

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 4Devlin
  • 44De Lima TagliapietraBooked at 47mins
  • 3Kurakins
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 21Docherty
  • 22LyonSubstituted forGillespieat 76'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 12Kurtaj
  • 11Crawford
  • 9D'AcolSubstituted forMorrisat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gillespie
  • 14Morris
  • 20Brophy
  • 24Tena
  • 26Martin
  • 27Nade
  • 28Mandiangu
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
2,685

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

  4. Post update

    Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top right corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

  8. Post update

    Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. John Sutton replaces Steven MacLean.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Thomson (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Grant Gillespie.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Grant Gillespie replaces Darren Lyon.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carlton Morris (Hamilton Academical) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Craig Thomson.

  16. Booking

    Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Liam Craig replaces Simon Lappin.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Carlton Morris replaces Alejandro D'Acol.

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