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Hamilton Academical 2-1 Partick Thistle

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Highlights: Hamilton Academical 2-1 Partick Thistle

David Templeton scored a stoppage-time winner as Hamilton came from behind to beat Partick Thistle and leapfrog their opponents in the Scottish Premiership.

The midfielder was quickest to react when Tomas Cerny pushed out a shot from Lewis Ferguson, taking his side 10th.

Thistle had taken the lead through Conor Sammon's early penalty but Accies hit back swiftly when Antonio Rojano headed in following a corner.

Jags were looking the more dangerous side before Templeton struck.

Hamilton Accies will not only be delighted to register their first points of 2018, but also a first win against Thistle in 14 attempts.

But they will not be proud of having the Premiership's worst defensive record this season, and the concession of an early penalty ensured the 'goals against' column was increasing again.

Referee Nick Walsh spotted a foul by Georgios Sarris on Danny Devine at a set-piece, and the in-form Sammon stepped up to take responsibility and net his ninth goal of the season in the bottom-left corner despite Gary Woods getting a touch it. That is eight goals in eight games for the striker.

Accies' nervy defence might have feared the worst at that point but they had Rojano to thank for an immediate reprieve. The Argentine had shown his attributes in the air earlier in the campaign with a well-directed header against Hibernian, and this one was equally good. He put this one in the far, top corner by meeting Dougie Imrie's corner perfectly.

More ponderous home defending resulted in giving away a free-kick 25 yards out, and Blair Spittal curled that in for Kris Doolan to head into the net, only for his celebrations to be cut short by the assistant referee's flag for offside.

Antonio Rojano heads Hamilton level from a corner kick
Rojano heads Hamilton level from a corner kick on 11 minutes

Accies suffered two injury problems in the first half as defenders Shaun Want and Alex Gogic had to be replaced by Scott McMann and Ross Jenkins respectively.

Imrie and Rojano combined well again and the latter headed wide this time, before another of his flicks hit the hand of Thistle defender Niall Keown in the box. The Englishman did not seem to know much about it and the referee waved away strong claims by the hosts.

Miles Storey replaced Sammon at half-time, and he showed the threat his pace causes, setting up Spittal for a low drive he placed narrowly wide.

Keown had another good second-half chance for the Jags, but blasted over following Chris Erskine's corner. Substitute Erskine caused further problems when his fine run ended with him teeing up Callum Booth, whose thumping low shot was straight at Woods.

But maximum points went the way of the hosts as Ferguson's shot was parried by Cerny, and Templeton was on hand to tuck it away from close range for his sixth of the season.

There was still time for one last chance and Woods needed to make a great save to claw away Erskine's effort, allowing the Accies fans to continue their celebrations.

Post-match reaction

Hamilton manager Martin Canning: "It's a huge three points; it was going to be a big three points for whichever team got them. For us it was important to stop the run we were on. It wasn't a classic but I thought the boys managed the game well in the second half.

"A last-minute winner feels great but I must say it's a magnificent save from Gary Woods after that gets us the points.

"It's been a difficult time for us as a club, losing our midfield three of Greg Docherty, Darian MacKinnon and Ali Crawford. It's been a big period over the last five or six weeks and we've had to keep working hard."

Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald: "That's two weeks in a row and we've not learnt from last week, which is disappointing. We were trying to win the match at one end and thought we were comfortable enough defensively. We didn't see it coming and it's a real concern it's happened in back-to-back games.

"I thought we were on the front foot in the second half but it's not about that, it's about winning games. We just need to get back to hard work, that's all we can do. Next week against Ross County becomes a massive game.

"Conor Sammon rolled his ankle on the surface and it had blown up. Hopefully it settles down Monday/Tuesday and he's back for next week."

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Woods
  • 13GogicSubstituted forJenkinsat 38'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 89SarrisBooked at 9minsSubstituted forvan der Wegat 67'minutes
  • 5Tomas
  • 27WantSubstituted forMcMannat 32'minutes
  • 25FergusonBooked at 56mins
  • 22Lyon
  • 16Templeton
  • 7ImrieBooked at 41mins
  • 20Rojano
  • 99Ogboe

Substitutes

  • 3McMann
  • 4Jenkins
  • 8Miller
  • 9Bingham
  • 10Redmond
  • 12Fulton
  • 15van der Weg

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2Dumbuya
  • 5Keown
  • 4Cargill
  • 3Booth
  • 7SpittalSubstituted forErskineat 72'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 19Edwards
  • 6OsmanBooked at 85mins
  • 15Devine
  • 18SammonSubstituted forStoreyat 45'minutes
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forLawlessat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Erskine
  • 11Lawless
  • 12Scully
  • 13Barton
  • 16McGinn
  • 21Penrice
  • 39Storey
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
2,243

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 2, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 2, Partick Thistle 1.

Attempt saved. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 2, Partick Thistle 1. David Templeton (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Ferguson.

Booking

Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Steven Lawless replaces Kris Doolan.

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

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Miles Storey (Partick Thistle).

Booking

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Mustapha Dumbuya (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Darren Lyon.

Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

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

Attempt saved. Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Ross Jenkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Chris Erskine replaces Blair Spittal.

Attempt missed. Marios Ogboe (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Ross Jenkins (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross Jenkins (Hamilton Academical).

Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Kenny van der Weg replaces Georgios Sarris because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Baily Cargill (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Marios Ogboe (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Marios Ogboe (Hamilton Academical).

Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Mustapha Dumbuya (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Lewis Ferguson (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis Ferguson (Hamilton Academical) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Niall Keown.

Antonio Rojano (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic27187254183661
2Rangers28174755312455
3Aberdeen27164743311252
4Hibernian2813964032848
5Hearts2891182826238
6Kilmarnock269983335-236
7Motherwell28105133437-335
8St Johnstone2686122436-1230
9Dundee2884163043-1328
10Hamilton2675143648-1226
11Partick Thistle2866162647-2124
12Ross County2856172948-1921
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