Scottish Premiership
HamiltonHamilton Academical1St JohnstoneSt Johnstone1

Hamilton Academical 1-1 St Johnstone

By Chick YoungBBC Scotland at New Douglas Park
Greg Docherty celebrates the opening goal
Greg Docherty gave Hamilton the lead

Hamilton moved off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership but had to settle for a point at home to St Johnstone.

Greg Docherty volleyed Accies in front after Alexandre D'Acol's header was blocked following a free-kick.

Saints goalkeeper Zander Clark saved well to deny Docherty a second, then at the other end Danny Swanson hit the bar.

Liam Craig equalised in the final 10 minutes when he pounced on the rebound from Blair Alston's shot.

Early blow for Saints

St Johnstone rang the changes in the wake of their Betfred League Cup defeat by Aberdeen but were forced into another switch early in the game.

Richard Foster was injured with just a minute gone and could not continue. He was replaced by Aaron Comrie.

All that on top of the fact they were missing Steven McLean, who does not play on synthetic surfaces.

The incentive was there for both clubs - a win would have taken Saints second - but you would not have believed that given the opening spell.

Training-ground work pays off

The goalmouth thrills were slow in coming although Graham Cummins was left totally unmarked on the end of a free-kick from the left side, only to screw his header beyond the right-hand post of the Accies keeper.

Remi Matthews, though, was not quite as comfortable with a low shot from Craig which he spilled, only to be rescued by a team-mate.

But then work from the training ground undid St Johnstone.

Ali Crawford floated a free-kick for D'Acol to head back across the goal. A Saints head won the second ball but it fell only for Docherty, who lashed it into the net. It was his first goal of the season.

And moments later Docherty was the hero again, clearing off the line a goalbound header from Joe Shaughnessy. Now the game was alive.

Liam Craig (right)
Liam Craig (right) levelled for St Johnstone

Competitive second half

The players had to endure pounding rain in the second half but it encouraged pace on the plastic pitch and Swanson capitalised with flashes of class, including a double nutmeg which set up a Saints chance.

Accies, too, knew how to play the conditions. Dougie Imrie zipped a shot across the goal which was a hair's breadth away from a touch from Eamonn Brophy on the slide.

The game ebbed and flowed until its death, but you did feel a Saints equaliser was coming.

Alston nearly grabbed it, but Matthews denied him with a spectacular save, only for the rebound to be driven into the net from the edge of the box with great composure.

Both sides went in hunt of a late winner at the end of a second half which was both entertaining and competitive, but a draw was just about right.

What the managers said

Hamilton's Martin Canning: "There wasn't a lot in it and in the second half they had us pinned back a bit.

"But it's been the story of the season for us so far; we have a great opportunity to go 2-0 up and we don't take it.

"I feel like I'm repeating myself. The guys are putting in a lot of work but we are not putting the ball in the net enough."

St Johnstone's Tommy Wright: "I didn't think we deserved to be 1-0 down at half time and we did enough in the second half to at least earn the draw.

"It was important that we freshened things up after Thursday [League Cup defeat at Aberdeen] and the strength of the squad allowed me to do that.

"It was an entertaining game and I'm pleased with the way we came back to get the point."

Line-ups

Hamilton

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Matthews
  • 6Gillespie
  • 89Sarris
  • 2SeaborneBooked at 78mins
  • 7Imrie
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 70mins
  • 21DonatiBooked at 58mins
  • 8DochertyBooked at 63mins
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 90mins
  • 20BrophySubstituted forBinghamat 78'minutes
  • 9D'AcolSubstituted forLongridgeat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Redmond
  • 14Roy
  • 15Bingham
  • 17Longridge
  • 23McMann
  • 27Want
  • 35Thomson

St Johnstone

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 12Clark
  • 19FosterSubstituted forComrieat 4'minutes
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 6Anderson
  • 24Easton
  • 4Alston
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 33mins
  • 26Craig
  • 11Swanson
  • 17CoulsonSubstituted forGormleyat 68'minutes
  • 29CumminsSubstituted forKaneat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mannus
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 18Paton
  • 20Gormley
  • 23Gordon
  • 25Kane
  • 39Comrie
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
1,705

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away20
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away10
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, St. Johnstone 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, St. Johnstone 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

  4. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Ali Crawford.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  6. Booking

    Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Danny Swanson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

  9. Post update

    Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Brian Easton (St. Johnstone).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Danny Seaborne (Hamilton Academical).

  13. Post update

    Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Greg Docherty.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  17. Post update

    Danny Seaborne (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Brian Easton.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Zander Clark.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic65102381516
2Aberdeen733198112
3Hearts7322116511
4St Johnstone732298111
5Motherwell723210919
6Ross County72327709
7Rangers7232811-39
8Inverness CT72231115-48
9Dundee7133811-36
10Hamilton7133812-46
11Kilmarnock7133815-76
12Partick Thistle612379-25
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