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Hamilton Academical 1-0 Kilmarnock: Marios Ogkmpoe's late penalty for 10-man Accies

By Andrew SouthwickBBC Scotland

Marios Ogkmpoe's late penalty gave 10-man Hamilton Academical a huge win over Kilmarnock in the battle for Scottish Premiership survival.

Despite two early injuries and a second yellow card for Mikel Miller, Brian Rice's side made it four games without defeat to move four points clear of bottom-of-the-table Hearts and up into 10th place above St Mirren.

Kilmarnock, though, were profligate, failing to take a number of chances, and fall to eighth in the table - four points adrift of the top six.

Hamilton's bravery pays off

Ever since their promotion in 2014, Hamilton have been the favourites to be relegated. Each season they have managed to produce a Houdini act.

Hearts had overhauled them at the bottom of the table on Tuesday but, 24 hours later, Rice's side pulled off a shock win over Rangers at Ibrox.

And now, after three consecutive clean sheets and four games without a defeat, they again are leaving others trailing in their wake at the bottom of the table.

It was a fraught 90 minutes in Lanarkshire, against a Kilmarnock side who badly needed the three points themselves in order to keep their top-six hopes alive.

Hamilton's luck appeared to desert them early, with Jamie Hamilton and Blair Alston both hobbling off in the first half with injuries. The home side were weakened and vulnerable, but Kilmarnock could not put them on the canvas.

Chris Burke hit the ball straight at the goalkeeper for the visitors, before Eamonn Brophy met a cross only for the ball to bounce off him and into the hands of the goalkeeper.

At the other end David Moyo couldn't get the ball past Laurentiu Branescu after latching onto a mistake from the defence, while Okgmpoe twice headed just wide.

Hamilton were becoming second best. However, they were being spared by poor finishing from their visitors, who had a lot of possession, a lot of shots at goal, but little was landing on target.

Brian Rice, Hamilton manager

But the home side, under intense second-half pressure, nearly stole the lead against the run of play when Kirk Broadfoot blocked Okgmpoe's first effort before Branescu saved the rebound.

And they went even closer when Branescu came for a cross and got nowhere near it. The ball spun behind him with Shaun Want just needing to nudge the ball into an empty net, but Stephen O'Donnell did enough to put him off.

Back came the visitors, with Luke Southwood saving Broadfoot's effort from a corner, and as they kept up the pressure, Miller received his second yellow card.

But rather than keep everyone behind the ball, Rice's side kept trying to get forward, and they got their reward for their bravery when Ogkmpoe was fouled by Stuart Findlay. Up stepped the Greek striker to slide home a vital penalty to earn the points.

Man of the match - Alex Gogic

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Hamilton's Alex Gogic started the day in the centre of midfield but once again showed his versatility by dropping back to the centre of defence when Hamilton went off. His positional sense and defensive qualities were again evident as he thwarted Brophy and Nicke Kabamba.

Ogkmpoe put in another good shift in attack and scored the vital penalty. But Kilmarnock's players are missing a killer touch at the moment.

'The boys were unprofessional' - reaction

Rice 'can't for more' after another Hamilton win

Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice: "It's a phenomenal performance and what a fantastic week for us.

"It's a pressure penalty at that stage of the game, but big Marios [Ogkmpoe] has been fantastic for the last three, four weeks."

Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer: "The boys were unprofessional. Hamilton went down to 10 men, we had control and a lot of chances but not being clinical, and then we let them in from some rash play.

"We've had good opportunities. We played well in parts of the game. It's unprofessional that we've given them a sniff and at this level you get punished."

Line-ups

Hamilton

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 31Southwood
  • 2McGowan
  • 40HamiltonSubstituted forMillerat 21'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 21WantBooked at 13mins
  • 3McMann
  • 13Gogic
  • 28SmithBooked at 72mins
  • 10AlstonSubstituted forCollarat 40'minutes
  • 25Martin
  • 99Ogkmpoe
  • 20MoyoSubstituted forTempletonat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4McKenna
  • 6Hunt
  • 7Collar
  • 11Miller
  • 16Templeton
  • 19Winter
  • 23Fulton

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Branescu
  • 2O'DonnellBooked at 87mins
  • 19BroadfootBooked at 63mins
  • 17Findlay
  • 3HendrieSubstituted forHämäläinenat 73'minutes
  • 29Burke
  • 6Power
  • 8Dicker
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forKiltieat 73'minutes
  • 27Kabamba
  • 9BrophySubstituted forConnellat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Kiltie
  • 14Hämäläinen
  • 22Millen
  • 24Koprivec
  • 26Del Fabro
  • 33Taylor
  • 52Connell
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
2,145

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Kilmarnock 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Kilmarnock 0.

  3. Post update

    Niko Hämäläinen (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by David Templeton (Hamilton Academical).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Aaron McGowan.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Templeton (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lewis Smith.

  7. Post update

    Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Kilmarnock 0. Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton Academical) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) after a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Penalty Hamilton Academical. Marios Ogkmpoe draws a foul in the penalty area.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alan Power (Kilmarnock).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Booking

    Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock).

  14. Post update

    Lewis Smith (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Hamilton Academical. David Templeton tries a through ball, but Marios Ogkmpoe is caught offside.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kyle Connell replaces Eamonn Brophy.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen O'Donnell with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

  19. Post update

    Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicke Kabamba (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen O'Donnell.

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