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Hamilton   1 - 2   St Johnstone

Hamilton v St Johnstone

Highlights - Hamilton v St Johnstone

By Martin Conaghan

A fine Danny Grainger free-kick saw St Johnstone snatch a late win against a hard-working Hamilton Accies.

The Saints took an 18th minute lead when Sam Parkin headed in Liam Craig's cross from wide on the left.

Michael Duberry handled inside the Saints box from a corner and Simon Mensing converted the spot-kick with 22 minutes remaining.

Defender Grainger's low free-kick in the 86th minute sealed the points for the visitors.

The win puts St Johnstone in joint sixth place in the Scottish Premier League alongside Dundee United, while Hamilton have yet to record a win at home all season.

Accies were unchanged from last week's draw at St Mirren, while Saints boss Derek McInnes made one change for the trip to Lanarkshire, with fit-again midfielder Murray Davidson in for Jody Morris.

Hamilton's Dougie Imrie flighted in an early ball to the back post in the first decent attack of the match, but none of his team-mates were on hand to convert and it was safely knocked out for a corner by Alan Maybury.

Moments later, a low drive from Jim Goodwin was easily gathered by Saints keeper Graeme Smith, then Collin Samuel fired over the Accies bar from just outside the six-yard box at the other end.

With almost 20 minutes played, Chris Millar watched a shot from distance glide over the bar as St Johnstone stepped up their attacks.

The visitors broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when Parkin rose to nod in a Craig cross and left Accies keeper Tomas Cerny stranded.

As the half-hour mark approached, Smith put himself in the way of a Nigel Hasselbaink shot as Accies battled to restore parity. Moments later, Cerny was at full stretch when Grainger attempted a bold free-kick from distance, but the Czech keeper gathered.

Flavio Paixao broke free for Accies in the 40th minute and fired for goal under pressure, but Smith managed to edge the ball wide for a corner.

Immediately after the restart, Imrie had a penalty claim waved away when Duberry appeared to clip his ankles inside the box, but referee Mike Tumilty was having none of it.

Hasselbaink was unlucky not to latch on to a Flavio Paixao cross from the left as the hosts searched for an equaliser.

Parkin went down in the Hamilton penalty area as the hour mark approached, but, again, Tumilty waved away the appeals, with the home fans incensed.

Goodwin had a powerful shot blocked and deflected out for a corner, then Duberry handled the ball inside the Saints box from the resulting set-piece to hand Accies a lifeline.

Mensing stepped up and converted the spot-kick to level the scores with 22 minutes remaining.

Hasselbaink could have put Accies ahead in the 75th minute, but his final ball towards goal was a feeble effort and Smith easily gathered.

His brother Marco volleyed in from the edge of the penalty area moments later, but the ball flew past the left-hand post.

Four minutes from time, Grainger scored the winner as his low, curling free-kick sped past Cerny and found the bottom corner.

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Saturday, 23 October 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hamilton 1-2 St Johnstone FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Mensing (pen) 68
  • Parkin 19
  • Grainger 86

Hamilton

  • 01 Cerny
  • 04 Canning
  • 06 McLaughlin yellow card (Lyle 88)
  • 12 Buchanan
  • 02 Goodwin
  • 08 McDonald (Paixao 63)
  • 22 Routledge
  • 27 Mensing
  • 07 Imrie yellow card
  • 18 Flavio Paixao
  • 30 Hasselbaink yellow card (Casalinuovo 85)

Substitutes

  • 19 Murdoch,
  • 25 Elebert,
  • 03 Skelton,
  • 24 Gillepsie,
  • 09 Casalinuovo,
  • 15 Lyle,
  • 21 Paixao

St Johnstone

  • 15 Smith
  • 02 MacKay
  • 03 Grainger
  • 06 Duberry yellow card
  • 19 Maybury yellow card
  • 07 Millar yellow card
  • 10 Craig
  • 20 Davidson
  • 09 Parkin (Rutkiewicz 90)
  • 21 Samuel (Caddis 80)
  • 23 Jackson (Haber 80)

Substitutes

  • 01 Enckelman,
  • 05 Rutkiewicz,
  • 37 Caddis,
  • 32 May,
  • 16 MacDonald,
  • 25 Myrie-Williams,
  • 27 Haber
Ref: TumiltyAtt: 2,431
HAMILTON
ST JOHNSTONE

Possession

  • Hamilton 47%
  • St Johnstone 53%

Attempts on target

  • Hamilton 3
  • St Johnstone 2

Attempts off target

  • Hamilton 1
  • St Johnstone 2

Corners

  • Hamilton 4
  • St Johnstone 4

Fouls

  • Hamilton 12
  • St Johnstone 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:20 The match has reached full-time.
  • 89:46 Substitution (St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Kevin Rutkiewicz coming on for Sam Parkin.
  • 88:46 Chris Millar concedes a free kick for a foul on Douglas Imrie. Douglas Imrie takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:46 Booking Chris Millar goes into the book.
  • 87:46 Substitution Mark McLaughlin goes off and Derek Lyle comes on.
  • 85:33 David Buchanan concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Caddis.
  • 85:33 GOAL - Daniel GraingerHamilton 1 - 2 St Johnstone Daniel Grainger finds the net with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hamilton 1-2 St Johnstone.
  • 84:48 Substitution (Hamilton) makes a substitution, with Damian Casalinuovo coming on for Nigel Hasselbaink.
  • 82:38 Unfair challenge on Marcus Haber by Mark McLaughlin results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
  • 79:25 Substitution Marcus Haber on for Andrew Jackson.
  • 79:25 Substitution Collin Samuel goes off and Liam Caddis comes on.
  • 77:14 Simon Mensing fouled by Sam Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 76:45 Flavio Paixao takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
  • 75:29 Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
  • 72:17 Booking Alan Maybury shown a yellow card.
  • 71:53 Booking The referee shows Nigel Hasselbaink a yellow card.
  • 69:54 Collin Samuel fouled by Mark McLaughlin, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.
  • 69:54 Booking Mark McLaughlin receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 68:58 Unfair challenge on Mark McLaughlin by Andrew Jackson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 67:31 Corner from right by-line taken by Douglas Imrie. Michael Duberry is adjudged to have handled the ball.
  • 67:31 GOAL - Simon MensingHamilton 1 - 1 St Johnstone Penalty scored by Simon Mensing. Hamilton 1-1 St Johnstone.
  • 66:51 Booking Michael Duberry is booked.
  • 62:13 The official flags Gary McDonald offside. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.
  • 62:13 Substitution Gary McDonald goes off and Marco Paixao comes on.
  • 60:58 Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 57:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Douglas Imrie on Daniel Grainger. Direct free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
  • 57:47 Booking Douglas Imrie goes into the referee's book.
  • 55:20 Handball decision goes against Douglas Imrie. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
  • 53:00 Gary McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Duberry. Michael Duberry takes the direct free kick.
  • 50:52 Simon Mensing concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Jackson. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
  • 48:01 Douglas Imrie takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save. Foul by Andrew Jackson on Flavio Paixao, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Flavio Paixao, save by Graeme Smith.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:59 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 44:09 Douglas Imrie fouled by Michael Duberry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Douglas Imrie, clearance by David MacKay.
  • 38:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Mark McLaughlin. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 38:04 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Flavio Paixao, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.
  • 36:46 Daniel Grainger fouled by Gary McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
  • 34:39 The ball is swung over by David Buchanan, Gary McDonald has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 33:37 David Buchanan challenges Liam Craig unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger from left channel, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
  • 32:16 Nigel Hasselbaink gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Duberry. Michael Duberry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 31:04 Unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Daniel Grainger results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Douglas Imrie from left channel.
  • 29:31 Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 25:26 Foul by Sam Parkin on Martin Canning, free kick awarded. Jim Goodwin takes the free kick.
  • 24:56 Murray Davidson takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 23:40 Douglas Imrie challenges Alan Maybury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
  • 21:40 Michael Duberry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Cerny. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 21:08 Corner from right by-line crossed in by Daniel Grainger, save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 20:17 Corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Flavio Paixao manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:30 Unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Gary McDonald results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 18:39 Liam Craig provided the assist for the goal.
  • 18:39 GOAL - Sam ParkinHamilton 0 - 1 St Johnstone Sam Parkin finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Hamilton 0-1 St Johnstone.
  • 17:36 Chris Millar takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 14:58 Corner taken right-footed by Flavio Paixao from the left by-line, Murray Davidson makes a clearance.
  • 12:56 The referee penalises Nigel Hasselbaink for handball. Direct free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
  • Correction - 11:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathon Routledge by Murray Davidson. Direct free kick taken by Martin Canning.
  • 11:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Jonathon Routledge. Martin Canning takes the direct free kick.
  • 7:31 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 6:31 Alan Maybury concedes a free kick for a foul on Flavio Paixao. Free kick taken by David Buchanan.
  • 4:48 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Flavio Paixao, Sam Parkin manages to make a clearance.
  • 1:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Parkin on Simon Mensing. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 23 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 8 15 24
2 Celtic 8 14 24
3 Motherwell 9 3 16
4 Hearts 9 4 14
5 Inverness CT 9 4 14
6 St Johnstone 9 -1 11
7 Dundee Utd 9 -6 11
8 Aberdeen 9 0 10
9 Hibernian 9 -7 8
10 Kilmarnock 9 -4 7
11 Hamilton 9 -11 6
12 St Mirren 9 -11 5

see also
Reid unconcerned by Accies' form
23 Oct 10 |  Hamilton
McInnes relieved with late strike
23 Oct 10 |  St Johnstone