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Hamilton Academical 3-0 St Mirren: Canning's men blitz blunt Buddies

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Highlights: Hamilton Academical 3-0 St Mirren

Two goals in a devastating four minutes helped secure an emphatic win for Hamilton Academical over St Mirren.

Fredrik Brustad's strike and a Mickel Miller penalty put the home side well in control with Miller adding a second midway through the second half.

Confusion reigned at the Hope Stadium as a false fire alarm delayed kick off by 10 minutes.

When the game did eventually start Hamilton always looked the more likely to take the win to move up to ninth.

A large travelling support from Paisley saw a Cammy MacPherson free-kick whistle just by the post with the game sitting at 0-0.

However, there wasn't much else to get excited about as St Mirren suffered their fourth defeat of the Premiership season.

'The damage might have been worse for St Mirren'

Even at this early stage of the season, this victory has an important feel to it. Accies have defied predictions for years, beating the drop while supposedly bigger clubs go down.

Martin Canning will expect to be part of a dogfight again this season, with St Mirren also potentially involved, so taking all three points from this match was a timely boost.

Their first priority was ensuring Saints knew they were in a game - the opening exchanges were peppered with meaty challenges - but as the first half wore on, Accies began to show some class.

Miller and Steven Boyd were central to that, combining in midfield initially for Miller to flash a shot wide.

If that served as a warning, it wasn't heeded by St Mirren, who were sliced open by Miller's pass for Boyd and though his shot was saved by Craig Samson, Brustad was well placed to tap in the rebound.

Suddenly, Accies found a new flush of confidence and when Dougie Imrie was brought down by Jordan Kirkpatrick, Miller's penalty was struck powerfully enough to find its way past the unlucky Samson's glove.

St Mirren were emphatically second-best by this stage, offering nothing at the other end, and fell further behind when the impressive Miller powered forward before driving a shot that came off both posts before sneaking over the line.

The damage might have been worse for the visitors, but Boyd was unfortunate to see an effort come back off the bar.

'Stubbs malaise has not entirely lifted'

Much of St Mirren's excellent work in Oran Kearney's opening match against Celtic was undone here, with a limp performance yielding no shots on goal of note.

It is clear the malaise that set in under Alan Stubbs has not entirely lifted and Kearney will perhaps have learned more about his players and the job facing him in this 90 minutes than he did in that draw with Celtic.

Losing Jack Baird from the starting line-up just before kick off was not ideal for the St Mirren manager, but that does not explain the bluntness of the visitors' attack.

Matt Kilgallon marshalled the Accies defence well - a switch to a four-man defence seemed to suit them - and neither Danny Mullen nor Cammy Smith got a sniff of goal.

It allows Martin Canning's side to go into next weekend's meeting with Dundee in a more relaxed frame of mind, with a six-point buffer between the teams.

Canning said before this match he was still searching for his best starting XI. He may have found it now.

'Plain to see we have plenty of work to do' - reaction

Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning on BBC Radio Scotland: "The boys were excellent.

"We've got good players in there. We are probably still searching to see what our best combination is, they are all good players."

On next weekend's match with Dundee, he said: "If you go in more relaxed you lose the battle first.

"You've got to go in there with the intensity to win the battle to allow you to go and play football. I've said that to the boys all week."

St Mirren manager Oran Kearney said: "It's two ends of the spectrum in relation to last week.

"Coming off last week's game we had a fair idea how tough it was going to be this year and it was plain to see today how much work we have to do in the next few weeks to make us really competitive at this level.

"When the two goals went in quick fashion the writing looked on the wall which was disappointing.

"I'm in football long enough to have a good understanding [that there are no easy games at this level].

"They were sharp today, particularly when they went ahead they managed the game well. That's what we've got to aspire to."

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Woods
  • 21Want
  • 6Kilgallon
  • 3McMann
  • 2McGowan
  • 7Imrie
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 26minsSubstituted forTaiwoat 43'minutesBooked at 54mins
  • 25MartinSubstituted forTshiembeat 74'minutes
  • 11Miller
  • 30Boyd
  • 31BrustadSubstituted forBinghamat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gordon
  • 5Tshiembe
  • 9Bingham
  • 10Keatings
  • 12Taiwo
  • 23Fulton
  • 26Kelly

St Mirren

  • 1Samson
  • 28MacPherson
  • 2McGinnBooked at 77mins
  • 35Ferdinand
  • 21Hodson
  • 4McGinn
  • 8FlynnBooked at 70mins
  • 3CoulsonSubstituted forKirkpatrickat 31'minutes
  • 10SmithSubstituted forBrock-Madsenat 62'minutes
  • 27EdwardsBooked at 34mins
  • 18MullenSubstituted forWillockat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Brock-Madsen
  • 14Kirkpatrick
  • 19Jones
  • 22Willock
  • 39Erhahon
  • 40Breadner
  • 46Muir
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
2,830

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 3, St. Mirren 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 3, St. Mirren 0.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Kirkpatrick (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Matthew Kilgallon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicolai Brock-Madsen (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Matty Willock replaces Daniel Mullen.

Foul by Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical).

Cameron MacPherson (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Shaun Want (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicolai Brock-Madsen (St. Mirren).

Booking

Paul McGinn (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul McGinn (St. Mirren).

Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt blocked. Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Delphin Tshiembe replaces Scott Martin.

Foul by Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical).

Paul McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Martin (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren).

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 3, St. Mirren 0. Mickel Miller (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

Mickel Miller (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anton Ferdinand (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Nicolai Brock-Madsen replaces Cameron Smith.

Foul by Thomas Taiwo (Hamilton Academical).

Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Rakish Bingham replaces Fredrik Brustad.

Booking

Thomas Taiwo (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Thomas Taiwo (Hamilton Academical).

Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Fredrik Brustad (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Hand ball by Thomas Taiwo (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Paul McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts6510112916
2Hibernian6321126611
3Livingston632164211
4Celtic531152310
5Aberdeen62315509
6Rangers522110558
7St Johnstone52215508
8Kilmarnock52126427
9Hamilton620468-26
10Motherwell6114610-44
11St Mirren6114312-94
12Dundee6006214-120
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