Scottish Premiership
Hamilton0St Johnstone1

Hamilton Academical 0-1 St Johnstone

Media playback is not supported on this device

Highlights: Hamilton Academical 0-1 St Johnstone

Stefan Scougall's opportunistic goal curtailed Hamilton Academical's six-game unbeaten Scottish Premiership run.

Against the run of play, the attacker seized upon confusion in the Accies defence to steal in on goal and strike the decisive blow after 66 minutes.

The hosts had created by far the better chances prior to the goal.

Antonio Rojano had the best of them in the first half, side-footing over from six yards, with David Templeton and Darian MacKinnon also going close.

St Johnstone remain seventh in the table, level on points with sixth-placed Hearts, while Hamilton drop one to ninth.

Accies will ask themselves how such an assured performance for most of this match yielded nothing.

MacKinnon's tenacious and battling attributes are often the ones that draw attention, but the biting cold did not stop the Hamilton midfielder from pinging a pinpoint pass to split the St Johnstone defence in the early stages.

Unfortunately for MacKinnon, Darren Lyon failed to apply the finishing touch, lobbing over goalkeeper Zander Clark and on to the roof of the net.

Argentine forward Rojano was guilty of missing a clearer opportunity soon after, getting on the end of Dougie Imrie's delicious low delivery from the left but turning it over the crossbar.

Hamilton were in control as November's Premiership player of the month Templeton fired a low shot narrowly wide.

Stand-in St Johnstone striker Callum Hendry had less to feed off and Blair Alston's bobbling effort from 20 yards did not trouble Hamilton goalkeeper Gary Woods too much.

Clark, meanwhile, had to be sharp to gather a powerful strike by Giannis Skondras at the second attempt, with Rojano sniffing about for scraps.

Xavier Tomas has responded well to manager Martin Canning's desire for him to be more of a leader at the back. The French defender was often a tower of strength and one of his sliding tackles inadvertently set up Templeton, who went close.

Georgios Sarries of Hamilton Academical wins a header against St Johnstone's Callum Hendry
Accies were unable to convert their dominance into goals

A tidy piece of skill down the right by Greg Docherty looked to have teed up Imrie at the back post, but he was too unselfish and the chance fizzled out.

MacKinnon was the next Accies man to have a shot at goal and his drive from just inside the box was repelled by one of a clutch of St Johnstone bodies on the line.

Hamilton were in confident mood, so the St Johnstone goal that came from an Accies mistake rocked them.

Scott McMann and Imrie left a routine, angled Alston through-ball to one another and neither obliged, leaving Scougall to gratefully seize control and steer into the far corner for his first goal since joining in the summer from Sheffield United.

The guilty Accies pair were furious with each other as the inquest into the error began.

Despite the goal, the hosts resumed their dominance, Templeton curling wide before shooting over when he should have hit the target.

Tomas headed just wide from a Skondras cross as Hamilton piled everyone forward towards the end, a ploy that nearly allowed Michael O'Halloran to score a second on the break.

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning: "It's a hard one to assess because we did everything but win the game.

"We lost the game in the first half by not taking our opportunities.

"It's a sore one because it's a mistake that led to the goal.

"The players care and we don't want to concede cheap goals. We were in total control of the game and we're a good team at this level, so there's a lot of positives and today the result is the negative."

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "It's a wee bit unfair to say it's a smash and grab.

"We defended well, that's part of the job and the goal we scored was excellent.

"We had some opportunities, particularly after going 1-0 up, on the breakaway.

"I do think that the surface helped us [in the lead-up to the goal]; people can't adjust their feet quickly enough.

"Stefan did great. He's kept his composure and I'm really pleased for him, because he's done well since he's come here and that goal will give him a big boost."

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Woods
  • 89Sarris
  • 5Tomas
  • 3McMann
  • 2Skondras
  • 22LyonSubstituted forBinghamat 71'minutes
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 8DochertySubstituted forRedmondat 76'minutes
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forCunninghamat 86'minutes
  • 16Templeton
  • 20Rojano

Substitutes

  • 6Gillespie
  • 9Bingham
  • 10Redmond
  • 12Fulton
  • 13Gogic
  • 21Donati
  • 28Cunningham

St Johnstone

  • 12Clark
  • 19Foster
  • 5Shaughnessy
  • 6Anderson
  • 3Tanser
  • 4Alston
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 78mins
  • 11O'Halloran
  • 21ScougallSubstituted forCraigat 76'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 50HendrySubstituted forJohnstoneat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mannus
  • 17Johnstone
  • 18Paton
  • 20McClean
  • 23Gordon
  • 26Craig
  • 29Cummins
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
1,451

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away5

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Liam Craig.

Attempt saved. Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Xavier Tomas (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Liam Craig (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Ross Cunningham replaces Dougie Imrie.

Booking

Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Richard Foster (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Denny Johnstone (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Richard Foster.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Scott Tanser.

David Templeton (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Booking

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Liam Craig replaces Stefan Scougall.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Daniel Redmond replaces Greg Docherty.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. David Templeton (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Rakish Bingham replaces Darren Lyon.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 0, St. Johnstone 1. Stefan Scougall (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Blair Alston.

Attempt saved. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Scott Tanser.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Georgios Sarris.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Denny Johnstone replaces Callum Hendry.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by David Wotherspoon.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Darian MacKinnon.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Xavier Tomas.

Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic1511403682837
2Rangers17103435191633
3Aberdeen1710342520533
4Hibernian168532417729
5Motherwell167272222023
6Hearts175661519-421
7St Johnstone166371723-621
8Kilmarnock174671924-518
9Hamilton174582327-417
10Dundee1743101727-1015
11Ross County1743101526-1115
12Partick Thistle162591329-1611
View full Scottish Premiership table

Top Stories