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Aberdeen 1-2 Hamilton Accies

James McCarthy
McCarthy proved to be a super-sub for Accies

James McCarthy was the hero for Hamilton Accies as they came from a goal down to beat Aberdeen.

Dons midfielder Gary McDonald scored his first goal for the club after seven minutes as the home side dominated.

David Graham scored a spectacular volley against the run of play to draw Accies level after 34 minutes.

And substitute McCarthy took advantage of some indecision in the home defence by pouncing to guide the winner past keeper Jamie Langfield after an hour.

It was a welcome result for Billy Reid's Accies, who had lost their last two matches after a positive start to life in the Scottish Premier League.

And it was the first win for the Lanarkshire men at Pittodrie for 77 years.

But, in the early stages of the game, it was the home side who looked more likely to take the points after exploding out of the blocks.

It took only seven minutes for the positive start to bear fruit for the Dons.

Former Oldham man McDonald collected Lee Miller's knock down to fire a shot from the edge of the area, which Accies goalkeeper Tomas Cerny could only push on to the post and into the net.

Charlie Mulgrew then had the chance to further his dead-ball reputation from a free-kick, but the Aberdeen full-back failed to test Cerny.

Accies' attempts to get back on level terms were thwarted by a mixture of slack passing and solid Aberdeen defending.

Hamilton boss Billy Reid decided to make a change just after the half-hour mark, bringing on McCarthy for Tony Stevenson.

And the highly-rated teenager soon had a hand in the equaliser as the Dons were made to pay for not capitalising on their dominance.

Richard Foster failed to clear McCarthy's cross and Accies winger Graham cracked a sweet volley past Langfield into the top corner of the net from the edge of the box.

The goal gave Hamilton a much-needed lift and they started to retain the ball better.

However, the Dons could have re-taken the lead just before the break had someone been on hand to finish Sone Aluko's ball across goal.

Yet the game was turned on its head 15 minutes into the second period.

The Dons defence allowed a high ball to bounce without clearing and McCarthy muscled Andrew Considine off the ball to steer it past Langfield.

Aberdeen's pushed for an equaliser, with Foster's late drive deflected a corner, and the impressive Aluko's free-kick shaving the crossbar.

But the visitors' defence was resolute and Accies held out for a much-needed three points.

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood:
"We got the goal and stopped playing and sat off them for some reason.

"Then you lose goals like that and have to chase the game and nothing goes for you.

"It's very frustrating - we seemed to lose our shape and for some reason our confidence.

"I've said before about the pressure and expectation levels here. We are learning a lot about the players in the circumstances."

Hamilton Accies manager Billy Reid:
"The first 10 minutes of the game we never started and I thought 'here we go'.

"But we brought James McCarthy on and I thought the game changed on that substitution.

"He will mature into a fantastic football player, he is doing that already. People forget he is still 17.

"Our motivation was to win and jump above Aberdeen, and I thought we merited the win."

Aberdeen: Langfield, Foster, Severin, Considine (De Visscher 68), Mulgrew, Young (Diamond 66), Kerr, McDonald, Aluko, Miller, Mackie (Maguire 60).
Subs Not Used: Bossu, Wright, Hodgkiss, Mair.

Booked: Miller, Mulgrew.

Goals: McDonald 7.

Hamilton: Cerny, Stevenson (McCarthy 31), Canning, Elebert, Easton, Mensing, McArthur, Neil, Sorsa, Graham (Corcoran 72), Offiong (Akins 61).
Subs Not Used: Murdoch, Casement, Lyle, Thomas.

Booked: Neil, Canning, Akins.

Goals: Graham 34, McCarthy 58.

Att: 10,865

Ref: A Muir.

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Aberdeen's Gary McDonald, 7.43 (on 90 minutes).

Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.

see also
SPL as it happened
13 Sep 08 |  Scottish Premier
SPL photo gallery
13 Sep 08 |  Scottish Premier

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