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Aberdeen 0-0 Hamilton Academical: Derek McInnes rues hosts' missed chances

By Nick McPheatBBC Scotland

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes says his side "must carry more threat and punch" after they failed to score for the eighth time in nine Scottish Premiership games in drawing with Hamilton Academical.

The hosts passed up several clear-cut chances in a dominant first half hour.

But Brian Rice's side responded well to earn a deserved draw and move off the foot of the table.

"It's a real missed opportunity," McInnes said.

"The more people talk about it [lack of goals], the players can get anxious. Sometimes you need something to fall for you or a bit of luck.

"We tried to go as attacking as we could. While we get another clean sheet and we are another point closer to Hibs, it's scant consolation for the effort we put in."

McInnes said pre-match he was keen to get Kamberi and Hendry starting together as a pair, and you could understand why in the early exchanges.

Kamberi was a livewire, linking well with the on-loan St Johnstone forward and the visitors simply could not deal with it.

But the hosts could not take advantage of the openings that came their way. First, Niall McGinn capitalised on slack defending to cut back to Kamberi but, by the time the striker had the ball out of his feet, his effort was blocked, before McGinn had a rebounded volley headed off the line.

McGinn, again, found himself in behind. This time pulling a ball back from the bye-line as Hendry and Kamberi seemed to get in each other's way as a close-range finish sailed over.

Balls in behind continued to cause the away side problems as Lewis Ferguson's clip was latched onto by Kamberi who slid a pass across goal, but the ball seemed to just hit off Hendry's thigh and trickle wide.

Rice's side composed themselves after a manic opening half hour, as neat build-up play resulted in Nathan Thomas feeding David Moyo in the box. The Hamilton striker made a yard for himself before seeing an effort from close range blocked well.

Hamilton's star man of the season Ross Callachan then forced Joe Lewis into a stunning save as the former Hearts man's long-range strike took a nick on the way leaving Lewis sprawling at full stretch high to his left to tip away.

Like the first half, McInnes' side started the second on the front foot as Kamberi and Ash Taylor failed to convert from headers either side of Niall McGinn's near-post strike, which forced Fulton into a smart stop.

This was not a backs-to-the-wall job from the away side as they, too, posed a threat of their own.

Screams for a penalty were turned down when Scott Martin's strike struck Andrew Considine's hand, and shortly after Considine blocked another Martin effort, but there was no controversy about this one as the midfielder charged on to a loose ball before his effort was thwarted by the Scotland centre-back.

Aberdeen put the pressure on the closing stages, but Rice's men defended impeccably to earn a vital point.

Man of the match - Hakeem Odoffin

Hakeem Odoffin challenges Lewis Ferguson
The former Livingston man (left) was outstanding in midfield as no one could match his seven interceptions and 12 possession gains

What did we learn?

There is no getting away from Aberdeen's attacking woes. One goal in nine games is truly grim reading.

In fairness to McInnes, his frontline created enough chances to win the game but the finishing touch was lacking throughout. The Aberdeen manager will be scratching his head as how to sort this.

We know not to doubt Hamilton, but without Bruce Anderson and Marios Ogkmpoe the chips were stacked against Rice's men travelling to a ground where they have lost 11 of their last 12 league games.

But Rice will be hugely encouraged that, without their starting strikers, his side still posed a threat and defensively his backline responded superbly after a manic opening 30 minutes.

What did they say?

McInnes' final BBC interview as Aberdeen boss

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "It was a game we knew the importance of winning.

"It doesn't dilute the fact we feel third is there for us. I thought we were good enough to get all three points."

Hamilton head coach Brian Rice: "You're always happy when you come to Aberdeen and take something home. We had a few chances and so did Aberdeen.

"I'm delighted, we had a couple of injuries but everyone did their job today. I couldn't ask for any more out the lads today."

What's next?

Hamilton travel to Livingston next Saturday (15:00 GMT) in a rearranged league game, while Aberdeen do not return to action until 20 March (15:00) when they go to Tannadice to face Dundee United.

Player of the match

FultonRyan Fulton

with an average of 9.43

Aberdeen

  1. Squad number40Player nameMcCrorie
    Average rating

    4.59

  2. Squad number1Player nameLewis
    Average rating

    4.57

  3. Squad number22Player nameKamberi
    Average rating

    4.38

  4. Squad number3Player nameHoban
    Average rating

    4.35

  5. Squad number10Player nameMcGinn
    Average rating

    4.30

  6. Squad number4Player nameConsidine
    Average rating

    4.28

  7. Squad number19Player nameFerguson
    Average rating

    4.24

  8. Squad number15Player nameMcGeouch
    Average rating

    4.14

  9. Squad number17Player nameHayes
    Average rating

    3.90

  10. Squad number9Player nameHendry
    Average rating

    3.83

  11. Squad number33Player nameKennedy
    Average rating

    3.23

  12. Squad number28Player nameRuth
    Average rating

    3.18

  13. Squad number18Player nameMcLennan
    Average rating

    3.10

  14. Squad number14Player nameTaylor
    Average rating

    2.52

Hamilton Academical

  1. Squad number23Player nameFulton
    Average rating

    9.43

  2. Squad number2Player nameOdoffin
    Average rating

    6.74

  3. Squad number34Player nameCallachan
    Average rating

    6.61

  4. Squad number3Player nameMcMann
    Average rating

    6.52

  5. Squad number20Player nameMoyo
    Average rating

    6.44

  6. Squad number24Player nameThomas
    Average rating

    6.43

  7. Squad number8Player nameMartin
    Average rating

    6.43

  8. Squad number21Player nameMunro
    Average rating

    6.39

  9. Squad number27Player nameHodson
    Average rating

    6.39

  10. Squad number32Player nameSmith
    Average rating

    6.17

  11. Squad number15Player nameHughes
    Average rating

    5.85

  12. Squad number5Player nameEaston
    Average rating

    5.53

  13. Squad number16Player nameMartin
    Average rating

    2.46

  14. Squad number6Player nameHamilton
    Average rating

    2.18

Line-ups

Aberdeen

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Lewis
  • 3HobanBooked at 58mins
  • 14TaylorSubstituted forKennedyat 80'minutes
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 65mins
  • 40McCrorie
  • 15McGeouch
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forRuthat 88'minutes
  • 17Hayes
  • 19Ferguson
  • 9HendrySubstituted forMcLennanat 66'minutes
  • 22Kamberi

Substitutes

  • 2Logan
  • 18McLennan
  • 23Ross
  • 24Campbell
  • 26Virtanen
  • 28Ruth
  • 29MacKenzie
  • 33Kennedy
  • 43Woods

Hamilton

Formation 3-5-2

  • 23Fulton
  • 6Hamilton
  • 16Martin
  • 5EastonSubstituted forMunroat 69'minutes
  • 27Hodson
  • 8Martin
  • 2Odoffin
  • 34Callachan
  • 3McMannBooked at 90mins
  • 24ThomasSubstituted forSmithat 41'minutes
  • 20MoyoSubstituted forHughesat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Stirling
  • 14Trafford
  • 15Hughes
  • 17Stanger
  • 18Mimnaugh
  • 19Winter
  • 21Munro
  • 22Gourlay
  • 32Smith
Referee:
Bobby Madden

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 0, Hamilton Academical 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Hamilton Academical 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Hayes.

  4. Booking

    Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Matthew Kennedy (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Dylan McGeouch.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross Callachan (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Kennedy (Aberdeen).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Ronan Hughes replaces David Moyo.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Aberdeen).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Callum Smith (Hamilton Academical).

  16. Post update

    Offside, Hamilton Academical. Scott Martin tries a through ball, but Callum Smith is caught offside.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Michael Ruth replaces Niall McGinn.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Florian Kamberi (Aberdeen).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dylan McGeouch (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

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