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Aberdeen 1-0 Hamilton Academical: Sam Cosgrove goal sends Accies to bottom

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Highlights: Aberdeen 1-0 Hamilton Academical

Aberdeen move up to third in the Scottish Premiership as Sam Cosgrove's 19th goal of the season was enough to send Hamilton Academical to the bottom.

Derek McInnes' side had all the chances in a goalless first half but had to wait until the 53rd minute before Cosgrove fired in off a post.

It lifts the Dons a point above Motherwell, who host second-placed Rangers on Sunday.

Accies failed to force home goalkeeper Joe Lewis into a save.

St Johnstone's win at Hearts means they move off the bottom, with Accies behind the Edinburgh side on goal difference.

For Aberdeen, it was a return to winning ways after their six-game unbeaten run was brought to an abrupt end by last weekend's 3-0 defeat at Hibernian.

No Van Basten moment for Accies

The fact Accies were in search of their first win in 11 attempts might have had the majority of onlookers expecting a straightforward home win.

However, the South Lanarkshire men had previous at Pittodrie, namely on their last visit in February, when Brian Rice's side returned south with all three points after a 2-0 victory.

George Oakley scored a wonder goal that night, the one that was compared to the famous volley by Marco van Basten and, when the Englishman began this game buffeting and bundling Dons defender Ash Taylor, you could sense the home fans wincing a little.

When Aberdeen settled, there were good chances for James Wilson, the fit-again Funso Ojo, Niall McGinn, Ryan Hedges and Shay Logan, yet Accies' on-loan Reading goalkeeper Luke Southwood admirably repelled anything on target.

With his team-mates unable to open the scoring, the trusty Cosgrove took it upon himself to spark the Pittodrie crowd into life by cushioning in his 19th of the season shortly after the break in front of the Richard Donald Stand.

McGinn - making his 300th Aberdeen appearance - was the man who patiently waited on the left-hand side to deliver the nicely weighted cross to the back post for Cosgrove to do what he does best.

A narrow win, but three points is three points and Aberdeen get back up into third in the Premiership for the time being.

Hamilton manager Brian Rice

Man of the match - Sam Cosgrove

Sam Cosgrove continues to be the man who competently carries the goal-scoring burden for the Dons, even though manager McInnes is eager for others to chip in on a more regular basis.

The striker only had one half-chance in the opening 45 minutes, but his bustling presence and headed flick-ons all add value.

He watched his team-mates either be profligate or denied expertly by Southwood, who was a close second in the man of the match stakes.

'They are sweating blood in that shirt' - reaction

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "It was a thoroughly deserved win on the balance of chances. First half, I thought we were very good in controlling the game and Joe Lewis has had nothing to do for the whole 90 minutes.

"There's been a bug going through this club that's wiped a few players out and I saw two or three feeling the effects of it, but a win's a win. I was delighted to get Funso Ojo on the pitch and you see what he means to the team - he controlled the middle of the pitch - and we lost it when he went off at half-time."

Hamilton Academical head coach Brian Rice: "I'm feeling disappointed to come up here and battle the way we did and to lose a sloppy goal - it's fine margins in this league.

"We had plenty of possession but never had the cutting edge, but we've lost the game 1-0 and not been turned over. I can't ask any more of the boys - they are sweating blood in that shirt and I'm so disappointed for them."

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 14Taylor
  • 5McKenna
  • 3LeighSubstituted forConsidineat 45'minutes
  • 19Ferguson
  • 22OjoSubstituted forGallagherat 45'minutes
  • 11HedgesSubstituted forCampbellat 72'minutes
  • 28Wilson
  • 10McGinn
  • 16Cosgrove

Substitutes

  • 4Considine
  • 9Main
  • 18McLennan
  • 20Cerny
  • 21Gallagher
  • 24Campbell
  • 25Anderson

Hamilton

  • 31Southwood
  • 6Hunt
  • 26StubbsBooked at 85mins
  • 40Hamilton
  • 2McGowan
  • 7Collar
  • 14CunninghamSubstituted forBeckat 70'minutes
  • 25MartinSubstituted forOgboeat 81'minutes
  • 3McMann
  • 11Miller
  • 9OakleySubstituted forMoyoat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fon Williams
  • 5Fjørtoft
  • 8Davies
  • 17Beck
  • 20Moyo
  • 33Mimnaugh
  • 99Ogboe
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
12,325

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home17
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home20
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 1, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, Hamilton Academical 0.

Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen).

Aaron McGowan (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

Will Collar (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Sam Stubbs.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Sam Stubbs.

Attempt missed. Mickel Miller (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. James Wilson (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marios Ogboe (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).

Will Collar (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Sam Stubbs (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Stubbs (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

Aaron McGowan (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Marios Ogboe replaces Scott Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. David Moyo replaces George Oakley.

Attempt missed. Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Will Collar.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

Scott Martin (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Dean Campbell replaces Ryan Hedges.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Adrian Beck replaces Ross Cunningham.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by James Wilson.

Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen).

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

Ryan Hedges (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron McGowan (Hamilton Academical).

Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Oakley (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. George Oakley (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Ryan Hedges (Aberdeen).

Aaron McGowan (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic1513114693740
2Rangers15122145103538
3Aberdeen189542622432
4Motherwell1710162922731
5Kilmarnock186571721-423
6Hibernian175752729-222
7Ross County175572035-1520
8Livingston184772327-419
9St Mirren1843111527-1215
10St Johnstone163671433-1915
11Hearts172691628-1212
12Hamilton1826101631-1512
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