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Hamilton 0-0 Motherwell: Ten-man visitors back into third after draw

By Nick McPheatBBC Scotland

Ten-man Motherwell climb back to third in the Scottish Premiership after a goalless draw with Hamilton Academical.

Brian Rice's side failed to capitalise on their man advantage after Motherwell striker Christopher Long was shown two yellow cards inside six minutes towards the end of the first half.

The draw means Hamilton stay in 11th, just two points above bottom side Hearts having played a game more.

And Aberdeen's defeat means Motherwell edge back above them.

Motherwell show steel in derby

Given Motherwell came into this game without a win in six and had lost just once in their previous eight trips to Hamilton, victory would have been the target.

But after Long's cheap sending off and Ross County's late win at Aberdeen, Stephen Robinson will likely now consider this a good day's work.

Hamilton, too, were struggling for form and were without a victory in seven. The first half reflected that.

Barring an early Marios Ogkmpoe one-on-one which was well saved by Mark Gillespie, clear openings were scarce until Hamilton's David Moyo diverted a header wide towards the end of the first period.

In between those Hamilton efforts, Motherwell created some half chances of their own, but they suffered a huge blow as they lost their joint top scorer Long.

The former Everton man was shown a yellow card for kicking the ball away just after the half hour mark, and six minutes later he was sent off after catching David Templeton with a late trip.

Lanarkshire derby graphic

Robinson's side faced a huge uphill task if they were to take anything from the game. However, a second-half change of shape to a 4-3-2 helped nullify the Hamilton attack while posing a threat themselves.

Clear-cut chances remained at a premium as conditions had a negative affect on the match, with Templeton trying his luck from distance on a couple of occasions before Hamilton's best chance of the half.

Scott Martin broke through towards the Motherwell goal, but his right-footed effort was dragged just wide with Gillespie rooted.

As the match went from end-to-end in the closing stages, the hosts had two chances to turn a valuable point into three as Liam Polworth had a close-range effort saved by Luke Southwood, and substitute Jermain Hylton lashed a volley from inside the box over the bar.

Robinson, though, will likely be content given his side return to third having played a game fewer.

As for Hamilton, this will feel like an opportunity missed in their quest for survival. Combined with the loss of a two-goal lead in drawing with Hearts at Tynecastle last weekend, Rice may feel his side have dropped four points in the past week.

Man of the match - David Templeton

BBC Scotland's John Barnes at FOYS Stadium

Both sets of players deserve credit for overcoming the blustery wintery conditions. David Templeton with his intricate skills caught the eye, creating a number of shooting opportunities. While he was top man, he like the others failed to find the killer touch in front of goal.

'The point is massive for us' - reaction

Hamilton 'dominated' derby - Rice

Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice: "I thought we dominated the match. We had a lot of the ball, it was just the final bit that was missing. We didn't work the goalkeeper enough in the second half. I think we should have won the match."

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "I'm extremely proud of the players to go down to 10 men so early and put in a performance like that. I thought we had the three best chances of the game. The point is massive for us today with the other results."

Robinson 'extremely proud' of 10-man Motherwell



Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Southwood
  • 2McGowan
  • 13GogicBooked at 59mins
  • 21Want
  • 6HuntBooked at 4mins
  • 25Martin
  • 7CollarSubstituted forMimnaughat 84'minutes
  • 10AlstonSubstituted forSmithat 52'minutes
  • 16Templeton
  • 20MoyoSubstituted forWinterat 61'minutes
  • 99Ogkmpoe


  • 4McKenna
  • 19Winter
  • 22Gourlay
  • 28Smith
  • 33Mimnaugh
  • 42Reilly
  • 46Redfern


Formation 4-3-3

  • 20GillespieBooked at 73mins
  • 31GallagherBooked at 90mins
  • 22Donnelly
  • 5Hartley
  • 2Tait
  • 6Campbell
  • 52O'HaraBooked at 34mins
  • 19Polworth
  • 17AaronsSubstituted forHyltonat 77'minutes
  • 9LongBooked at 37mins
  • 8WattSubstituted forMacIverat 67'minutes


  • 1Carson
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 11Seedorf
  • 14Hylton
  • 15Maguire
  • 24Mugabi
  • 37MacIver
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Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamMotherwell
Shots on Target

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Motherwell 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Motherwell 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jermaine Hylton (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  4. Booking

    Declan Gallagher (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    David Templeton (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Richard Tait (Motherwell).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Luke Southwood.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Polworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Foul by David Templeton (Hamilton Academical).

  11. Post update

    Mark O'Hara (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Reegan Mimnaugh replaces Will Collar because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Allan Campbell (Motherwell).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical).

  17. Post update

    Jermaine Hylton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Alexander Gogic.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Declan Gallagher (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Want (Hamilton Academical).

As It Stood

8St Johnstone2671092544-1931
9Ross County2878132855-2729
10St Mirren2657142135-1422
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