Motherwell 0-1 Hamilton Academical: Visitors cause shock in Lanarkshire derby

22 August 2020 0 By Total Football News
Hakeem Odiffin, right, got the winner at Fir Park

Hakeem Odoffin's late header carved out Hamilton Academical's first victory of the Scottish Premiership season to stun winless local rivals Motherwell.

The hosts dominated the first hour at Fir Park but Ryan Fulton in the visitors' goal frustrated Stephen Robinson's side.

Midfielder David Turnbull had a shot and header saved as Motherwell pressed.

However, a trio of second-half changes enlivened Hamilton and they stung Motherwell with Odoffin's winner.

The absence of fans reduced the intensity of this derby, the quiet around Fir Park all the more poignant when the stadium fell completely silent to remember former Fir Park favourite Tom Forsyth.

However, Turnbull, Allan Campbell and Mark O'Hara were soon throwing themselves into tackles and dominating the midfield, where Hamilton's Scott Martin was left exposed.

Fulton threw himself to his right to save a Turnbull drive and did even better to parry the Motherwell man's header from 12 yards after Ricki Lamie had curled in the cross.

Sherwin Seedorf made a burst from the right and forced a save from Fulton with a low shot, while Marios Ogkmpoe and David Templeton rarely looked like a threatening combination up front.

Referee Alan Muir somehow missed a Declan Gallagher foul on David Moyo just outside the box, and that was just about Moyo's last contribution before Hamilton head coach Brian Rice made a raft of changes midway through the second half.

Odoffin had the most dreadful miss moments before his diving header won the game, failing to turn in Shaun Want's flick from three yards. He more than made up for it with six minutes to play when he converted Mimnaugh's corner.

Man of the match - David Turnbull

With his desire to get on the ball, aggression, drive and attempts at goal with his feet and head, David Turnbull was the standout player at Fir Park.

What did we learn?

What a sore one for Robinson and the Motherwell players, but the harsh truth is that the result is typical of their season to date. They have a strong midfield that can get a grip on a match but they are lacking a scoring threat from their strikers.

Hamilton did not look like adding to their sole Premiership goal until Rice gave his team a youthful injection with his changes.

Prior to kick-off, Rice said that the two changes he had made to his starting line-up were a result of Marios Ogkmpoe and Justin Johnson coming on as subs against St Mirren and staking their claim for a start.

Reegan Mimnaugh, Callum Smith and Andrew Winter can only have boosted their chances of starting Hamilton's next match.

What did they say?

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson can't hide his frustration after derby defeat.

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "How many balls does David Turnbull have to put in the box for someone to get on the end of it?

"We keep saying we are not far away, we keep saying we are 60, 70% possession. That's Rangers and Celtic material, but they have people to put the ball in the back of the net. They earn the right to win games and they don't concede like that.

"I signed the players and ultimately if I make the subs it's my fault as well. We are not getting the results we need so we need to start making changes.

"I keep claiming bad luck, I think that runs out after a while. I'm boring myself with that.

"Somebody at some stage has to step up and score goals or we're in trouble."

Hamilton manager Brian Rice: "I thought the first half Motherwell were on top but we put on three young kids who changed the game.

"I felt second half there was a goal coming. I could feel the belief coming on. I'm absolutely delighted as we're an easy target for everyone.

"These are special games to win. I am so delighted for everyone and all the Hamilton fans."

Hamilton boss Brian Rice is delighted after beating Motherwell in the Lanarkshire derby.

What's next?

It could scarcely be harder for Motherwell and Hamilton next weekend. Accies host Rangers on Saturday before Motherwell travel to Celtic Park the following day.

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