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Aberdeen 4-2 Hamilton: Ryan Edmondson scores twice as Dons go third

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland

Derek McInnes urged focus from his Aberdeen side for league and Scottish Cup meetings with Celtic after they overcame Hamilton Academical.

Four goals in 17 first-half minutes from Tommie Hoban, Lewis Ferguson and Ryan Edmondson helped the Dons go third in the Scottish Premiership.

Edmondson's double was followed by David Moyo's strike and Ross Callachan's penalty for Accies.

"We need to make sure that we're as ready as we can be," said McInnes.

"We're three points behind Celtic now and we want to make sure we take the opportunity of being at home and trying to win that game."

After Sunday's contest at Pittodrie, Aberdeen meet Celtic in the rearranged Scottish Cup semi-final from the 2019-20 campaign.

Hamilton, who remain bottom, below St Mirren on goal difference and a point off Motherwell, were settling into the game at Pittodrie just at the point they lost a soft opener.

Ryan Hedges' corner from the right found the unchallenged run of Hoban and the defender only had to make contact to beat Ryan Fulton.

That got the hosts in the mood and Edmondson squared for Hedges, who dummied to Ferguson and the midfielder unleashed a shot from 30 yards that flew into the left-hand corner.

Hamilton's woes deepened when Marley Watkins and Jonny Hayes combined to tee up Edmondson to tuck home and the 19-year-old soon doubled his tally.

Scott Wright charged down Hakeem Odoffin's tame clearance and Edmondson collected the loose ball before bustling his way through the defence to finish.

But Hamilton were able to stem the tide and it was Aberdeen's turn to get caught napping when Callachan crossed for Moyo to sneak in behind Ash Taylor and beat Joe Lewis.

Andrew Considine had made an important intervention to clear Callachan's dangerous low ball just before the break, but the defender's night turned sour when his elbow connected with Lee Hodson's cross and Nick Walsh pointed to the spot. Lewis got a hand to Callachan's penalty but could not keep it out.

It mattered little in terms of the result but Accies' attacking prowess showed they can trouble the league's top sides and emphasised their need to tighten up defensively.

Man of the match - Ryan Edmondson

Ryan Edmondson celebrates
Edmondson linked well with Aberdeen's attacking players and got his reward with a double

What did we learn?

Aberdeen got the frustration of Saturday's goalless draw with Dundee United well and truly out of their system during their goal-laden opening.

Having such a commanding lead halved and injuries to Hayes and Edmondson were the only downsides for manager McInnes.

Hamilton's problems continue to mount. The sight of captain Brian Easton among the substitutes suggested he may be back soon, but head coach Brian Rice told BBC Scotland pre-match the defender is "miles away" from a return.

Playmaker David Templeton faces a lengthy spell out and Accies cannot get the likes of Lewis Smith back quickly enough as they bid to turn their form around.

What did they say?

'Array of goals' pleases Aberdeen boss

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "Very pleased, first-half performance in particular was terrific. It was a good array of goals. We got a penalty box goal, a set-play goal, a shot from distance - everything that wasn't there on Saturday.

"We got a set-play goal, which pleased me because we've not had enough of them this season. Edmondson getting two goals, for a young boy leading the line, I thought he was terrific and Ferguson - what a goal."

Hamilton head coach Brian Rice: "For 20 minutes, we went through a crazy spell, found ourselves completely out the game and then, it's hard to explain, we come right into it, get ourselves two goals and second half we pushed them all the way.

"That was two completely different teams out there for me. A couple of the Aberdeen goals, we could've done better. Second half was probably the best we've played this season. But it's after the horse has bolted."

Hamilton were 'two different teams' - Rice

What's next?

Hamilton visit St Mirren on Saturday and Aberdeen host Celtic the following day.

Player of the match

EdmondsonRyan Edmondson

with an average of 8.44

Aberdeen

  1. Squad number32Player nameEdmondson
    Average rating

    8.44

  2. Squad number19Player nameFerguson
    Average rating

    8.20

  3. Squad number3Player nameHoban
    Average rating

    7.82

  4. Squad number4Player nameConsidine
    Average rating

    7.64

  5. Squad number50Player nameWatkins
    Average rating

    7.38

  6. Squad number11Player nameHedges
    Average rating

    7.29

  7. Squad number25Player nameWright
    Average rating

    6.94

  8. Squad number18Player nameMcLennan
    Average rating

    6.91

  9. Squad number1Player nameLewis
    Average rating

    6.87

  10. Squad number17Player nameHayes
    Average rating

    6.84

  11. Squad number15Player nameMcGeouch
    Average rating

    6.83

  12. Squad number40Player nameMcCrorie
    Average rating

    6.65

  13. Squad number14Player nameTaylor
    Average rating

    6.23

  14. Squad number10Player nameMcGinn
    Average rating

    5.98

  15. Squad number8Player nameOjo
    Average rating

    5.58

Hamilton Academical

  1. Squad number34Player nameCallachan
    Average rating

    4.38

  2. Squad number2Player nameOdoffin
    Average rating

    4.32

  3. Squad number20Player nameMoyo
    Average rating

    4.26

  4. Squad number4Player nameStirling
    Average rating

    4.13

  5. Squad number27Player nameHodson
    Average rating

    3.98

  6. Squad number23Player nameFulton
    Average rating

    3.95

  7. Squad number8Player nameMartin
    Average rating

    3.93

  8. Squad number15Player nameHughes
    Average rating

    3.91

  9. Squad number7Player nameCollar
    Average rating

    3.89

  10. Squad number12Player nameWant
    Average rating

    3.87

  11. Squad number3Player nameMcMann
    Average rating

    3.85

  12. Squad number14Player nameTrafford
    Average rating

    3.78

  13. Squad number9Player nameOgkmpoe
    Average rating

    3.60

  14. Squad number32Player nameSmith
    Average rating

    3.50

  15. Squad number18Player nameMimnaugh
    Average rating

    3.44

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 3Hoban
  • 14Taylor
  • 4Considine
  • 11Hedges
  • 19Ferguson
  • 15McGeouchSubstituted forOjoat 57'minutes
  • 17HayesSubstituted forMcLennanat 33'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 25WrightSubstituted forMcGinnat 87'minutes
  • 32EdmondsonSubstituted forMcCrorieat 56'minutes
  • 50Watkins

Substitutes

  • 2Logan
  • 5Leigh
  • 8Ojo
  • 10McGinn
  • 16Cosgrove
  • 18McLennan
  • 33Kennedy
  • 40McCrorie
  • 43Woods

Hamilton

  • 23Fulton
  • 27Hodson
  • 2OdoffinBooked at 90mins
  • 12Want
  • 3McMann
  • 34CallachanSubstituted forStirlingat 80'minutes
  • 8MartinSubstituted forTraffordat 58'minutes
  • 7CollarSubstituted forMimnaughat 63'minutes
  • 15HughesSubstituted forSmithat 80'minutes
  • 9Ogkmpoe
  • 20Moyo

Substitutes

  • 4Stirling
  • 5Easton
  • 14Trafford
  • 17Stanger
  • 18Mimnaugh
  • 22Gourlay
  • 32Smith
  • 36Owolabi
  • 37Johnson
Referee:
Nick Walsh

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 4, Hamilton Academical 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 4, Hamilton Academical 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Callum Smith.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Shaun Want.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor McLennan with a cross.

  7. Booking

    Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Tommie Hoban (Aberdeen).

  11. Post update

    Marios Ogkmpoe (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn replaces Scott Wright.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Hamilton Academical. Shaun Want tries a through ball, but Charlie Trafford is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Marley Watkins (Aberdeen).

  15. Post update

    Hakeem Odoffin (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Booking

    Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Connor McLennan (Aberdeen).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tommie Hoban (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Connor McLennan with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Shaun Want.

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3Aberdeen10712148622
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8Livingston113261318-511
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