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Motherwell 0-1 Hamilton Academical

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Highlights: Motherwell 0-1 Hamilton Academical

Steven Boyd's sensational volley snatched a Lanarkshire derby win for Hamilton Academical over Motherwell.

The Steelmen had been the game's dominant force, with the lion's share of possession and the best chances.

Gael Bigirimana and Curtis Main, in either half, went closest to scoring.

But Boyd's brilliant 67th-minute strike stunned the hosts, and Ross Cunningham should have doubled Accies' lead as they consigned their county rivals to successive Premiership losses.

Martin Canning's men earn their first points of the league campaign, and their first away league win in nine outings.

Motherwell have failed to score a goal in both their top-flight matches this term.

'Motherwell firing blanks' - analysis

Stephen Robinson's hosts provided an example of how to dominate a derby and lose. Hamilton were second-best for the majority of the match.

In fact, up until Boyd's introduction, Accies had managed only one shot - a tame long-range effort from Rakish Bingham which Trevor Carson easily saved.

By contrast, Motherwell had mustered 10 shots. Bigirimana, the outstanding player on the field, bossed proceedings with some rare flashes of technical quality after his potential move to England fell through this week.

The midfielder had the best chance of the first half with a free header inside the box, which was superbly saved by Gary Woods.

But up front, Main was firing blanks, despite combining well with fellow striker Conor Sammon.

Canning may be hailed for producing a masterstroke by bringing on Boyd when he did, because Accies looked a more potent force after his introduction. His volley was magnificent, a goal fit to win any game.

For the second week running, Motherwell captain Peter Hartley conceded a needless, and costly, free-kick on the edge of his box.

Cunningham's effort spun back off the wall, but Boyd reacted brilliantly, rocketing a beautiful strike high beyond Carson.

The Steelmen were stupefied. They probed and pressed but never really looked like scoring, although Danny Johnson once more provided good impetus off the bench.

Cunningham twice should have sealed the derby spoils late on, side-footing over then striking the post from close range.

'There's a lot of frustration' - reaction

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "We dominated 90% of the game. The goal is an incredible goal, what a finish, but we gave a stupid free-kick away again that allows it to happen.

"It's hard for me to be harsh on the players because there was a lot of good aspects of that game. We created half chances and didn't take them so there's a lot of frustration.

"We lost the first two games last season and went on to have an incredible season, so I can assure you we haven't suddenly become a bad team."

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning: "To a man, everyone did their job. The boys get the reward for the hard work they've put in. It's a big three points for us.

"It's a fantastic strike from Boydy, who had just come on. And Ross could have potentially made it easier late in the game.

"We would still like to add a couple to the squad and create more competition for places."

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 5Aldred
  • 4McHugh
  • 6HartleyBooked at 66mins
  • 7Cadden
  • 17Bigirimana
  • 15RoseSubstituted forGorrinat 77'minutes
  • 8CampbellSubstituted forJohnsonat 63'minutes
  • 2TaitSubstituted forFrearat 63'minutes
  • 9Main
  • 19SammonBooked at 24mins

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor-Sinclair
  • 11Frear
  • 20Gillespie
  • 23Gorrin
  • 24Johnson
  • 34Maguire
  • 35Scott

Hamilton

  • 1WoodsBooked at 86mins
  • 4Gordon
  • 21WantBooked at 49mins
  • 17PennySubstituted forTshiembeat 75'minutes
  • 3McMann
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 85mins
  • 2McGowan
  • 12Taiwo
  • 26KellySubstituted forBoydat 67'minutes
  • 11MillerSubstituted forCunninghamat 66'minutes
  • 9Bingham

Substitutes

  • 5Tshiembe
  • 6Phillips
  • 7Imrie
  • 14Cunningham
  • 16Enigbokan-Bloomfield
  • 23Fulton
  • 30Boyd
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
4,807

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 0, Hamilton Academical 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 0, Hamilton Academical 1.

Ross Cunningham (Hamilton Academical) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Danny Johnson (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Alex Rodriguez (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Cunningham (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

Gary Woods (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Alex Rodriguez (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical).

Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas Taiwo (Hamilton Academical).

Peter Hartley (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Alex Rodriguez replaces Andy Rose.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Delphin Tshiembe replaces Alex Penny because of an injury.

Delay in match Alex Penny (Hamilton Academical) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ross Cunningham (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Peter Hartley (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Peter Hartley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical).

Carl McHugh (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

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

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 0, Hamilton Academical 1. Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Ross Cunningham (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Steven Boyd replaces Sam Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Ross Cunningham replaces Mickel Miller.

Booking

Peter Hartley (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Motherwell).

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

Attempt blocked. Chris Cadden (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Elliott Frear replaces Richard Tait.

goal

As It Stood

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1Hearts22005146
2Kilmarnock21102024
3Aberdeen21102114
4Hibernian11003033
5Celtic21013213
6St Mirren11002113
7Hamilton210124-23
8Rangers10101101
9Livingston201113-21
10Dundee200213-20
11St Johnstone100102-20
12Motherwell200204-40
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