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Match Preview | Hamilton Accies v Aberdeen
Competition: Ladbrokes Premiership
Match: Hamilton Accies v Aberdeen
Venue: The Fountain of Youth Stadium
Kick Off: 7:45pm
TV Coverage: Red TV International & Sky Sports Football
The manager carried out his usual pre match media duties at Cormack Park this afternoon.
“I have been really impressed with Hamilton.
“I don’t believe they will go down.
“I see a strength in their squad, a hunger in them, I see boys desperate to prove a point.
“I have watched both Old Firm games recently and they were so good in the game, they should have had a penalty as well at the weekend.
“They gave good value and I think the score lines have flattered both of the Old Firm when they have played against them.
“I have been really impressed by them.
“The thing that screams at you, as is it is with every Hamilton team, is their hunger and the point they have to prove. I think that will be enough to keep them in the league for next season.
“I think Brian has put his own stamp on that team and I think he has done well.
“I am a naturally positive person and I need my players to be positive.
“I am glad we have got another game so quickly. Sometimes the best way to deal with any issues is to just go in again.
“Sometimes a long week can make you over think things.
“We have got a game tomorrow; we need to set about the task of winning the game.
“I am sure if we can get a winning performance tomorrow, that helps you going into the next game. That is football.
“We have a game tomorrow that we have to go and try and win.
“We have got an opportunity to go third tomorrow night.
“We want to try and get the three points; we are running out of games to make sure that we keep harnessing those points and get as many as we can to finish third.
“That is still our motivation.
“We didn’t do enough to get through the cup tie, but I thought that we were the better team on Saturday. We look forward to the replay when it comes round. We are encouraged by the draw as well; it is a chance to get the club into a semi-final.
“Hopefully we go into that replay in good form. We have got a couple of games now, with the first one tomorrow night to go and get all three points.
“Our motivation has been to finish third in the league, and nothing changes with that.
“There were a lot of positives in the game on Saturday. Conditions made it very difficult for both sets of teams, in particular for the attacking players.
“We didn’t really look like losing a goal, we look solid, we have only lost two goals in six games.
“There are elements of the team functioning well. I do feel as though on Saturday we could have done with a wee bit more of a break at times with the referring decisions. I am disappointed and angry with that.
“In general, we have still got to be doing more.
“The players have got to be showing more hunger in that final bit to score a goal. We were the better side against a decent team who have picked up and are in good form.
“There are still a lot of positives to take from the game.
“They don’t count for anything if you don’t win because nobody wants to talk about that, and I get it.
“We will keep searching for those improvements in the final bit.
“We are a team that is capable of winning tomorrow night. We are a team that is capable of getting a run of good results that gets us to that third spot.
“When you sign up to be a manager at any club and when you go and watch games you hear the manager getting stick.
“You don’t sign up to be a manager and expect to be popular. Even when we have been doing well over the years you are never going to please everybody.
“I am confident how we work gets results done. The evidence is there over the last seven years.
“We get the job done. We get to the point where it is far better than what has been served up previously.
“We will get to third spot this season.
“We have got work to do and we need to start showing it. The players need to grasp that we can’t keep saying that we are going to do that run out of games.
“We have an opportunity tomorrow night to get three points and we need to go and do that.
“When you watch Sky Sports and you see all of the goals flying in over the weekend, there are crosses into the box, people making determined runs. It is not just down to creativity and quality, sometimes it just the basics. People taking shots on, breaking your neck to get into the box, putting the ball into the box.
“Football can be a simple game but sometimes it can be a bit more difficult with players over thinking it.
“It was a strong performance from us on Saturday. We need to challenge ourselves more to score goals.
“I speak to my players on a daily basis, one to one and as a team. We are not doing anything different.
“Everybody from the weekend is fine.
“Ash and Bryson are both out but have a chance for Sunday.
“Scott Wright is back out running and doing some ball work.
“Greg Leigh is still out.
“I thought Dean was great in the game at the weekend.
“We thought him playing that little half shift on Saturday he would get a lot of the ball. His use of the ball was good.
“Dean takes on instructions well. There are certain games that he can be effective.
“His general competitiveness, which we have been looking for improvements, was good.
“He will have a good career with us. He is one of the many boys who is utilising Cormack Park brilliantly.
“He is out in afternoon with the balls. When I go home at five or six o’clock, sometimes he is still in the gym. He is acting like the professional he needs to be to make a success of his talents.
“He should feel pleased with performance at the weekend.”
So Far This Season
The Dons have triumphed twice over Hamilton this season with both games finishing 1-0. The first encounter was settled by a well taken Lewis Ferguson strike against his former club back in October. The sides met again at Pittodrie in December with a Sam Cosgrove close range strike just after the break proving to be the difference.
League Record Against Accies
Played 108, won 56, drawn 17, lost 35. Scored 195, conceded 134.
Played 55, won 40, drawn 7, lost 8. Scored 127, conceded 42.
Did You Know?
- The Dons first faced Hamilton in their first season in senior football in the old Second Division in 1904/05.
- The top scorer against Hamilton is Benny Yorston with 10 goals closely followed by Willie Mills with eight. Matt Armstrong and George Hamilton managed six apiece while Joe Harper and Billy Strauss claimed four each.
- Anthony O’Connor’s goal against Accies on the opening day of season 2017-18 at Pittodrie was the 8,000th competitive goal in Aberdeen Football Club’s history.
- Lewis Ferguson, Michael Devlin and Tomas Cerny have all played for both Aberdeen and Hamilton Academical. Devlin has scored for Aberdeen v Accies and for Accies v Aberdeen.
The Game That Was
15/02/15: Scottish Premier League: Hamilton 0-3 Aberdeen: SuperSeal Stadium
Aberdeen made it 12 games unbeaten, their best run in 22 years with victory in Hamilton. The Dons found themselves two goals in front inside the opening 10 minutes. Andy Considine put the away side in front when he scored from close range and Ryan Jack doubled the lead when his effort crashed in off the underside of the bar. Jesus Garcia Tena was sent off after the hour mark for picking up his second yellow card. Niall McGinn sealed the victory in the closing stages of the match when he collected Considine’s through ball and calmly scored past fellow countryman Michael McGovern.
Dons Line Up: Brown, Logan, Considine, Flood (Hayes), Daniels, Reynolds, McGinn, Jack, Robson (Rooney), Goodwillie (Pawlett), McLean.
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HAMILTON ACADEMICAL 1 ABERDEEN 3
Tuesday 11th February 2020
Fountain of Youth Stadium
Ref – Greg Aitken
Att – 1,218
Three was the magic number for the Dons on this visit to Hamilton – three goals, three points and third place in the league table to take back up the road to Aberdeen after a thoroughly accomplished performance.
With the Dons still looking to start firing as an attacking threat since the winter break, Derek McInnes made three changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Kilmarnock at the weekend. Shay Logan, Dean Campbell and Sam Cosgrove all started on the bench with Dylan McGeouch, Connor McLennan and Curtis Main coming into the starting side.
Hamilton, knocked out of the Scottish Cup when they lost 4-1 to Rangers at the weekend, make six changes to their side, Johnny Hunt, Blair Alston, Sam Woods, David Templeton, Scott Martin and Marios Ogkmpoe all coming in to replace Will Collar, Lewis Smith, Andy Winter, Steve Davies, Jamie Hamilton and Andy Dales, the first four dropping to the bench.
A foul, bitterly cold evening, featuring another blustery wind sending the heavy rain and sleet blowing across the artificial surface, greeted the players and the small crowd of hardy fans inside the Fountain of Youth stadium.
The Dons were on the front foot from the off and kept Accies penned into their own half in the early minutes. It was the hosts who had the first real chance in the sixth minute though, Ogkmpoe’s flick on reaching Templeton, dashing into the box. The ball bounced awkwardly and with Joe Lewis looming in front of him, he lobbed his shot over the goalkeeper but also well over the bar. Joe deserves a lot of credit for making himself big.
Aberdeen were on the break in the 13th minute, Funso Ojo winning the ball and then trying to find McGinn in the area, Gogic getting in first with an important interception. Gogic did likewise moments later to end a promising run from Matty Kennedy.
Fifteen minutes, the goal finally came and Main was the man. A beautifully judged looping ball forward down the left from Andrew Considine got Main away from his marker and in behind. Coming inside from the left edge of the box, Main got the ball under control and, with Southwood coming towards him, he lifted the ball clinically over the goalkeeper’s head and in.
The Dons looked a different side almost immediately, a weight lifted from the shoulders, McGinn almost in on the end of a good ball into the box from Main. But it was 2-0 in the 22nd minute, and what a well worked goal it was.
Main and McLennan combining well from a throw-in to get the ball to Ferguson and his superb first time layoff found McGinn in space inside the box, the Northern Ireland international advancing on goal before beating Southwood with a crisp finish with the outside of the boot.
Two chances and two goals.
Hamilton didn’t have their troubles to seek, Easton taking a heavy fall, landing awkwardly on the surface a couple of minutes later and despite lengthy treatment, he looked in real trouble, barely moving after he hit the ground. Fortunately, he eventually got to his feet but sadly, that was his race run, Want replacing him.
A driving run from McLennan won the Dons their first corner in the 34th minute, but such were the conditions, the wind took the ball out of play as he tried to put the ball into the box. The five minute delay for Easton’s injury had robbed the Dons of their momentum though the visitors were still enjoying the bulk of possession and territory.
With six minutes added on, the Dons went looking for another goal and it came in the fourth minute of it, Considine the provider again with a terrific arcing cross from out on the left into the centre of the penalty area. McLennan darted across the face of goal to glance a clever header into the empty far corner to make it 3-0.
Despite the dreadful conditions, the Dons had played some very good football and produced some real quality in front of goal.
HALF-TIME: HAMILTON ACADEMICAL 0 ABERDEEN 3
Collar and Moyo were introduced at the break for the hosts, Templeton and Woods replaced, Accies having used all three subs with 45 minutes still to go. Four minutes into the half, a speculative Martin shot from 25 yards went well wide of goal.
Considine went into the box for a swiping challenge on McGowan in the 52nd minute, Collar’s resulting free-kick well defended as Hamilton looked to give themselves some kind of hope of clawing back the deficit with a sharp start to the half.
They weren’t far away in the 53rd minute, Ogkmpoe glancing a header inches wide from Moyo’s cross, Considine perhaps getting a slight touch on it too to take it wide. Scott McKenna and Mikey Devlin then had to be alert to snuff out Ogkmpoe as he went barrelling through the middle.
The Dons got themselves going as a threat again, winning a corner in the 57th minute. Ogkmpoe headed it behind unimpeded and was rewarded with a goal kick for his side. The game was beginning to drift now, the Dons playing within themselves, Accies energetic but lacking any real inventive spark. Invention did come from McGinn in the 62nd minute, a cheeky cross-shot almost creeping in under the bar, Southwood scrambling to save.
The fourth goal almost came in the 64th minute, Ferguson and McGinn exchanging passes, Ferguson advancing into the box, having to stretch to shoot from a tight angle but still forcing Southwood to tip the ball behind.
The Dons were almost in again in the 70th minute, great work from Ojo first to win the ball and then to pick out Kennedy. He sprinted into the box but good defending from Gogic prevented him getting a shot away. McGinn did get his effort away in the 73rd minute, from 20 yards out using minimal backlift, the ball just going inches over the bar.
Campbell became Aberdeen’s first change of the night, replacing McGeouch in the 74th minute. Almost immediately, Main was nearly on the scoresheet again, McGinn’s curling free-kick from the right picking him out. He steered his header down but just beyond the far post. Main did have the ball in the net in the 79th minute but he was caught offside.
Into the last ten minutes and Logan and Cosgrove were introduced to the game, McGinn and McLennan having both made their sizeable contributions to the evening.
With six minutes left, Ogkmpoe grabbed a consolation for the hosts, Considine heading clear only for Moyo to pick up the pieces on the edge of the box and slot Ogkmpoe in to drill home with his left foot from ten yards out.
As the game entered added time, the Dons won a corner out on the left after a good run by Kennedy. His corner was caught by the wind and flew out for a throw on the opposite side, bringing the evening’s proceedings to a close, the Dons running out emphatic winners.
FULL-TIME: HAMILTON ACADEMICAL 1 ABERDEEN 3
HAMILTON ACADEMICAL: Southwood, McGowan, Easton (Want 30), McMann, Woods (Collar 46), Alston, Hunt, Gogic, Martin, Templeton (Moyo 46), Ogkmpoe
Subs not used: Gourlay, Davies, Winter, Smith
GOAL: Ogkmpoe (84)
ABERDEEN: Lewis, Devlin, McKenna, Considine, Kennedy, Ojo, Ferguson, McGeouch (Campbell 74), McLennan (Logan 81), McGinn (Cosgrove 81), Main
Subs not used: Cerny, Anderson, Hernandez, Hedges
GOALS: Main (15), McGinn (23), McLennan (45+4)