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Hamilton   2 - 1   Hearts

Simon Mensing fired home Hamilton's second of the game
Simon Mensing seized upon abject defending to double Accies' lead

By Thomas McGuigan

Hamilton secured their third Scottish Premier League win of the season with a nervy victory over nine-man Hearts.

Accies came roaring out the traps and took the lead when James McArthur drilled home after Mickael Antoine-Curier's shot came back off the post.

Simon Mensing profited from calamitous defending to double Accies' lead.

Hearts hit back through Eggert Jonsson, but red cards for skipper Michael Stewart and Ismael Bouzid dashed hopes of a comeback in an ill-tempered clash.

Billy Reid's Hamilton side won the previous league encounter when the two sides met at New Douglas Park in January and they caught Hearts cold with a blistering start.

Accies pinned the visitors in their own half and their possession was rewarded with a goal in four minutes.

McArthur found Antoine-Curier, whose shot cannoned back off the post and the midfielder was on hand to drill the ball home.

Bouzid was fortunate to be spared a yellow card after chopping down McArthur as the hosts threatened to overrun the shell-shocked visitors.

Hearts struggled to get out of their own half within the opening 20 minutes, with lone striker Christian Nade unable to make an impression.

Midfielder Ian Black had Hearts' first serious effort on target in the 19th minute but his shot on the turn was comfortably saved by Tomas Cerny.

Hearts captain Michael Stewart receives his marching orders
Hearts captain Michael Stewart received a controversial red card

Hamilton doubled their lead in the 24th minute with the Hearts defence all at sea.

James Wesolowski's cross found the unmarked Mensing, and the defender controlled the ball with a clever touch before hooking past the advancing Janos Balogh.

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo acted to combat his side's defensive calamities, replacing Dawid Kucharski with David Obua.

The substitution seemed to jolt Hearts into action and they began to venture into Accies territory with more menace.

And they reduced the deficit with seven minutes remaining.

Obua's low cross found Jonsson and he showed a cool head to slide the ball into the corner of the net from close range for his second league goal of the season.

Suddenly, Hearts were quicker to the ball as they sought an unlikely equaliser before the break.

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Laryea Kingston, Obua and Suso Santana became more influential but Nade continued to struggle against the central defensive pairing of Martin Canning and Mark McLaughlin.

Hearts goalkeeper Janos Balogh was withdrawn at the break, with Jamie MacDonald replacing him but their hopes of finding an equaliser suffered a blow in the 48th minute.

Stewart was shown the red card following a clash with Alex Neil and, despite his vehement protests, the Hearts skipper reluctantly trudged up the tunnel.

Hearts captain Michael Stewart sent off

Stewart sees red at Hamilton - then takes a tumble in the tunnel

The sending off knocked Hearts off their stride and McDonald reacted well to palm away Marco Paixao's free-kick.

Hearts spurned a great chance to equalise when Black found Suso with a deep cross but the winger's header was straight at Cerny.

Substitute Calum Elliot was inches away from connecting with Craig Thomson's free-kick but he could not get a touch at the back post.

The home supporters became increasingly frustrated with their side's wayward passing and how Hearts were creeping back into the game.

But hopes of a Hearts comeback were dashed when Bouzid received his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

Despite holding a two-man advantage, Hamilton appeared relieved to hear the final whistle and survived a late penalty shout when Elliot tumbled under David Elebert's challenge.


Hamilton manager Billy Reid:

"It's a huge three points for us in our quest to climb the table.

"In the first 30 minutes I thought we were sensational. We passed it well, created chances, moved the ball very well, scored two good goals and at that stage everything was going great.

"They brought David Obua on and he caused us a problem and they scored a goal from that.

"But over the 90 minutes I think we thoroughly deserved our win and I'm elated.

"We are maturing as a team, but I've said to our fans that they need to be more patient."

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo:
"We lost the game in the first 20 minutes. The two central defensive players didn't have their best day.

"I have seen the TV pictures and I think it was definitely a very unlucky decision to give Michael Stewart a red card.

"Also in the last minute, I've seen the TV pictures and it was a straight penalty (David Elebert's challenge on Hearts' Calum Elliot).

"A clearer penalty you will not see. It was unlucky not to get that. Elliot ran from behind and was in a one-on-one situation.

"We didn't get it and the game was finished. "I do not like to talk about the referees but today was not a lucky day."

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Sunday, 6 December 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hamilton 2-1 Hearts FT
(HT 2-1)
  • McArthur 5
  • Mensing 24
  • Jonsson 39

Hamilton

  • 01 Cerny
  • 02 McClenahan
  • 03 Hastings
  • 04 Canning
  • 06 McLaughlin
  • 07 Wesolowski (Elebert 90+3)
  • 08 McArthur
  • 27 Mensing
  • 35 Beuzelin (Marco Paixao 52)
  • 09 Antoine-Curier
  • 10 Neil

Substitutes

  • 19 Murdoch,
  • 25 Elebert,
  • 12 Evans,
  • 36 Crawford,
  • 21 Marco Paixao,
  • 26 Knight,
  • 28 Kirkpatrick

Hearts

  • 01 Balogh (MacDonald 46)
  • 02 Kucharski (Obua 28)
  • 05 Jose Goncalves
  • 21 Ismael Bouzid yellow card, red card
  • 04 Jonsson
  • 07 Suso Santana yellow card (Elliot 63)
  • 08 Black
  • 10 Kingston
  • 23 Stewart red card
  • 46 Thomson yellow card
  • 14 Nade

Substitutes

  • 30 MacDonald,
  • 03 Wallace,
  • 13 Obua,
  • 37 Stewart,
  • 18 Novikovas,
  • 19 Mole,
  • 22 Elliot
Ref: SomersAtt: 2,003
HAMILTON
HEARTS

Possession

  • Hamilton 61%
  • Hearts 39%

Attempts on target

  • Hamilton 5
  • Hearts 3

Attempts off target

  • Hamilton 11
  • Hearts 3

Corners

  • Hamilton 4
  • Hearts 3

Fouls

  • Hamilton 17
  • Hearts 24
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:37 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+4:28 Shot by Simon Mensing from outside the box goes high over the target.
  • 90:00+3:42 Calum Elliot challenges David Elebert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 90:00+2:10 Mark McLaughlin takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 90:00+2:10 Substitution James Wesolowski goes off and David Elebert comes on.
  • Correction - 90:00+2:10 Unfair challenge on James McArthur by Christian Nade results in a free kick.
  • 90:00+2:10 Free kick taken by Mark McLaughlin,
  • 90:00+2:10 Substitution David Elebert comes on in place of James Wesolowski.
  • 90:00+2:10 Christian Nade gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McArthur.
  • 90:00+1:48 Marco Paixao has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 90:00+0:57 James McArthur gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Calum Elliot. Free kick taken by Craig Thomson.
  • 90:00+0:10 Mickael Antoine-Curier is caught offside. Jose Goncalves takes the free kick.
  • 89:37 Marco Paixao produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 88:33 James McArthur takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.
  • 86:36 Marco Paixao concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Thomson. Jamie MacDonald takes the direct free kick.
  • 86:04 Christian Nade challenges Mark McLaughlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Neil.
  • 85:20 The referee blows for offside. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.
  • 84:47 Effort from outside the penalty area by James McArthur goes wide left of the goal.
  • 84:05 Unfair challenge on James McArthur by Calum Elliot results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark McLaughlin.
  • 83:24 Unfair challenge on Martin Canning by David Obua results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Canning.
  • 82:25 James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Calum Elliot. Jose Goncalves restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:47 Richard Hastings crosses the ball, Mark McLaughlin has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 80:47 Sent off Ismael Bouzid is sent off by the referee for second bookable offence.
  • 80:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Wesolowski by Ismael Bouzid.
  • 77:42 Shot on goal by Marco Paixao from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 76:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Canning on Calum Elliot. Jose Goncalves takes the free kick.
  • 75:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Thomson on Richard Hastings. Direct free kick taken by Marco Paixao.
  • 72:28 Mickael Antoine-Curier concedes a free kick for a foul on Eggert Jonsson. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Thomson.
  • 71:53 The assistant referee signals for offside against Mickael Antoine-Curier. Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
  • 71:31 The assistant referee flags for offside against Marco Paixao. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
  • 69:44 Corner from right by-line taken by Craig Thomson.
  • 69:12 Foul by Alex Neil on Calum Elliot, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Thomson.
  • 67:36 Ian Black fouled by Simon Mensing, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Goncalves.
  • 64:31 Marco Paixao takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Ian Black manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:44 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson from the right by-line.
  • 62:23 Craig Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 62:23 Substitution Suso Santana goes off and Calum Elliot comes on.
  • 62:23 Unfair challenge on Craig Thomson by Marco Paixao results in a free kick.
  • 60:53 Suso Santana fouled by Alex Neil, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Goncalves takes the free kick. The ball is sent over by Craig Thomson, Suso Santana takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 60:24 Marco Paixao has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 59:46 Inswinging corner taken by Richard Hastings, Ian Black manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:50 Shot comes in from Marco Paixao from the free kick, save by Jamie MacDonald.
  • 58:50 Booking Ismael Bouzid booked.
  • 58:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McArthur by Ismael Bouzid.
  • 58:14 Simon Mensing fouled by Jose Goncalves, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Neil takes the free kick.
  • 56:50 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Marco Paixao, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie MacDonald by Mark McLaughlin. Direct free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
  • 56:50 Booking Craig Thomson is given a yellow card.
  • 56:44 Craig Thomson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marco Paixao.
  • 55:32 Ian Black gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Wesolowski. James Wesolowski takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:25 Suso Santana challenges Richard Hastings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 53:18 Mickael Antoine-Curier is caught offside. Jamie MacDonald takes the indirect free kick. Christian Nade concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark McLaughlin. Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.
  • 51:02 Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.
  • 51:02 Substitution Marco Paixao joins the action as a substitute, replacing Guillaume Beuzelin.
  • 51:02 The referee blows for offside.
  • 50:22 James McArthur has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 49:56 The referee gives a free kick against Laryea Kingston for handball. Direct free kick taken by Martin Canning.
  • 47:43 Jamie MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:43 Sent off Michael Stewart dismissed for violent conduct.
  • 47:36 Alex Neil concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Stewart.
  • 46:27 Martin Canning gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Laryea Kingston. Michael Stewart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • 45:01 Substitution Jamie MacDonald is brought on as a substitute for Janos Balogh.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:24 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+1:57 Mark McLaughlin fouled by Christian Nade, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:12 Suso Santana is caught offside. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
  • 44:47 Simon Mensing concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Goncalves. Jose Goncalves restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:22 Long range shot from Guillaume Beuzelin misses to the left of the goal.
  • 41:28 Foul by Christian Nade on Guillaume Beuzelin, free kick awarded. Martin Canning takes the free kick.
  • 39:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark McLaughlin by Christian Nade. Mark McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:37 Assist on the goal came from David Obua.
  • 38:37 GOAL - Eggert JonssonHamilton 2 - 1 Hearts Eggert Jonsson finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hamilton 2-1 Hearts.
  • 37:21 Jose Goncalves fouled by James McArthur, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Goncalves restarts play with the free kick. The assistant referee signals for offside against Mickael Antoine-Curier. Michael Stewart takes the free kick.
  • 36:45 Ian Black takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 34:44 Shot from outside the box by Michael Stewart misses to the left of the target.
  • 33:39 Inswinging corner taken by Richard Hastings, save by Janos Balogh.
  • 33:00 David Obua delivers the ball, Tomas Cerny makes a save. Trent McClenahan fouled by Ian Black, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
  • 31:32 Richard Hastings concedes a free kick for a foul on Suso Santana. Direct free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
  • 28:22 A cross is delivered by Craig Thomson, Headed effort from inside the box by David Obua misses to the right of the target.
  • 27:40 Substitution (Hearts) makes a substitution, with David Obua coming on for Dawid Kucharski.
  • 23:59 The assist for the goal came from James Wesolowski.
  • 23:59 GOAL - Simon MensingHamilton 2 - 0 Hearts Simon Mensing grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hamilton 2-0 Hearts.
  • 23:15 Suso Santana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Trent McClenahan. Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.
  • 20:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Wesolowski by Eggert Jonsson. Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:39 Ian Black takes a shot. Save made by Tomas Cerny.
  • 17:55 Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier on Dawid Kucharski, free kick awarded. Janos Balogh takes the free kick.
  • 17:26 Direct free kick taken by Martin Canning.
  • 17:26 Booking Suso Santana is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 17:13 Unfair challenge on Trent McClenahan by Suso Santana results in a free kick.
  • 14:22 Michael Stewart concedes a free kick for a foul on Guillaume Beuzelin. Free kick taken by Guillaume Beuzelin. Ismael Bouzid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McArthur. Mickael Antoine-Curier produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 12:45 James Wesolowski has an effort at goal. Jose Goncalves gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Guillaume Beuzelin from the left by-line.
  • 12:03 The official flags Christian Nade offside. Mark McLaughlin takes the indirect free kick.
  • 11:25 Foul by Christian Nade on Mark McLaughlin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 7:25 Unfair challenge on Alex Neil by Michael Stewart results in a free kick. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:43 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Thomson from the right by-line, Mark McLaughlin makes a clearance.
  • 4:22 Assist by Mickael Antoine-Curier.
  • 4:22 GOAL - James McArthurHamilton 1 - 0 Hearts James McArthur fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Hamilton 1-0 Hearts.
  • 4:20 Effort from just inside the penalty area by Mickael Antoine-Curier strikes the post.
  • 0:58 James Wesolowski challenges Christian Nade unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Thomson.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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