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Hamilton   0 - 1   Rangers

Hamilton v Rangers

Highlights - Hamilton 0-1 Rangers

By Stevie Miller

Nikica Jelavic's goal was enough to give Rangers victory and reduce Celtic's lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League to two points.

Hamilton's Dougie Imrie passed up a golden opportunity when he saw his weak penalty saved by Allan McGregor.

And Jelavic made Accies pay for their profligacy when he curled in a fine free-kick to break the deadlock.

The visitors kept their composure to claim the win with Hamilton now looking consigned to the First Division.

Bottom club Hamilton made four changes following their defeat by 11th-placed St Mirren.

Dougie Imrie and Simon Mensing both returned from suspension to the starting 11 along with Grant Gillespie and Aaron Wildig

Martin Canning dropped out through suspension while Jim McAlister and Tom Elliott dropped to the bench and Flavio Paixao fell out of the squad altogether.

Rangers named an unchanged side from the one which defeated St Johnstone in midweek with the match coming too soon for Lee McCulloch to return from injury.

The visitors started the game at a high tempo, quickly pressing the Hamilton defence, but, despite keeping the home side contained within their own half, the opening period passed without any clear chances being created.

However, Imrie beat Richard Foster for pace on the left, although his cross was mis-hit by Gary MacDonald and was easily collected by McGregor.

Imrie's dribbling was causing problems, and the midfielder was bundled over by Steven Davis in the box with referee Alan Muir pointing to the spot.

But McGregor dived low to his right to parry away what was a poor penalty by Imrie.

Rangers carved out their first real chance of the match when Steven Naismith chipped the ball over the Accies defence to pick out Kyle Lafferty, but the Northern Irishman's shot went straight at Cerny.

Davis then flighted a free-kick into the box which David Weir headed across goal from the back post, but no Rangers attacker was alive to the opportunity.

Nigel Hasselbaink played a wonderful ball across the Rangers box form the right-hand side, which Foster had to look smart to turn away from the toe of Imrie.

Hamilton broke again down the left, with Imrie and Ali Crawford exchanging a one-two before Crawford's low cross was sclaffed by MacDonald only two yards out, with McGregor eventually smothering the ball.

The game had opened up and Edu brought out a fine save from Cerny with a stinging effort from the edge of the box.

Accies struggled to clear, and Jelavic picked up the ball on the penalty spot, but Cerny was alert again to push his driven effort over the bar.

Just before the break, the Croatian forward won a free-kick at the edge of the box following an error by Mensing.

And he made no mistake with his strike, curling a terrific effort into the top right-hand corner of the net, his 13th goal for Rangers.

The second half began in much the same vein as the first, with Accies enjoying plenty of possession in their own half, but Rangers' pressure prevented them from moving forward with it.

Substitute James Chambers had the first real opportunity of the second period, but blazed his shot from the edge of the box well over the Rangers bar.

Rangers were dictating play, without threatening the Hamilton goal and Accies were restricted to long-range efforts like Jim McAlister's left-footed drive, which McGregor palmed round the post.

The match fizzled out with Rangers content to sit on their one-goal lead, and the Ibrox side moved to within two points of Celtic at the top of the SPL, with Hamilton's relegation now seeming inevitable.

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Sunday, 10 April 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hamilton 0-1 Rangers FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Jelavic 44

    Hamilton

    • 01 Cerny
    • 12 Buchanan
    • 25 Elebert (Carrington 33)
    • 08 McDonald
    • 15 Wildig (Chambers 52)
    • 17 Crawford
    • 24 Gillepsie (McAlister 67)
    • 27 Mensing
    • 07 Imrie
    • 10 Neil yellow card
    • 30 Hasselbaink

    Substitutes

    • 19 Murdoch,
    • 05 Graham,
    • 03 Skelton,
    • 11 McAlister,
    • 13 Carrington,
    • 16 Chambers,
    • 36 Elliott

    Rangers

    • 01 McGregor
    • 03 Weir yellow card
    • 05 Papac
    • 12 Foster
    • 16 Whittaker
    • 39 Wylde (Ness 46)
    • 07 Edu yellow card (Diouf 70)
    • 08 Davis
    • 11 Lafferty (Fleck 80)
    • 14 Naismith yellow card
    • 18 Jelavic

    Substitutes

    • 25 Alexander,
    • 40 Ness,
    • 10 Fleck,
    • 15 Healy,
    • 17 Diouf,
    • 28 Kerkar,
    • 41 Hutton
    Ref: MuirAtt: 4,526
    HAMILTON
    RANGERS

    Possession

    • Hamilton 50%
    • Rangers 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Hamilton 1
    • Rangers 7

    Attempts off target

    • Hamilton 5
    • Rangers 3

    Corners

    • Hamilton 3
    • Rangers 2

    Fouls

    • Hamilton 9
    • Rangers 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:06 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+1:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McDonald on Steven Naismith. Richard Foster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:34 The referee blows for offside. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
    • 89:37 Outswinging corner taken by Ali Crawford from the right by-line, Foul by Simon Mensing on Nikica Jelavic, free kick awarded. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
    • 88:43 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
    • 86:46 Effort from the edge of the area by Gary McDonald goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 82:12 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ali Crawford from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 82:08 James McAlister crosses the ball, Sasa Papac gets a block in.
    • 81:38 Header on goal by Nikica Jelavic from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 80:13 Outswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line played to the near post.
    • 79:02 Substitution John Fleck joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kyle Lafferty.
    • 77:26 Centre by James McAlister, David Weir makes a clearance.
    • 77:08 Centre by Sasa Papac, save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 76:59 David Weir crosses the ball.
    • 76:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Simon Mensing. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:00 Ali Crawford produces a cross.
    • 74:31 James McAlister takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor. Corner taken right-footed by Ali Crawford to the near post, Jamie Ness makes a clearance.
    • 73:40 Unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Kyle Lafferty results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Carrington.
    • 72:42 Shot from a long way out by Kyle Lafferty goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 72:25 El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Mark Carrington.
    • 70:41 Richard Foster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie. David Buchanan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 69:49 Substitution El-Hadji Diouf is brought on as a substitute for Maurice Edu.
    • 69:40 The ball is swung over by James McAlister.
    • 69:09 James McAlister produces a cross, clearance made by Richard Foster.
    • 67:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Neil on Nikica Jelavic. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:57 Substitution James McAlister is brought on as a substitute for Grant Gillespie.
    • 66:43 Shot by Nikica Jelavic from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
    • 66:35 The ball is crossed by Steven Naismith, save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 66:09 Corner taken by Steven Davis.
    • 64:00 Shot from just outside the box by Mark Carrington goes over the bar.
    • 63:03 Richard Foster sends in a cross, Simon Mensing manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:35 Ali Crawford takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Whittaker. The referee penalises Nigel Hasselbaink for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 58:38 Effort from just outside the area by James Chambers goes over the bar.
    • 58:17 The ball is delivered by Grant Gillespie, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
    • 55:55 Douglas Imrie produces a cross, clearance made by David Weir.
    • 54:07 The ball is crossed by Grant Gillespie.
    • 51:13 David Weir challenges Nigel Hasselbaink unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Neil restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:13 Substitution James Chambers is brought on as a substitute for Aaron Wildig.
    • 51:13 Booking David Weir receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 46:55 Sasa Papac fouled by Gary McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Davis crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Jamie Ness joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gregg Wylde.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:07 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 43:22 Alex Neil challenges Nikica Jelavic unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 43:22 GOAL - Nikica JelavicHamilton 0 - 1 Rangers Nikica Jelavic fires in a goal from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Hamilton 0-1 Rangers.
    • 42:11 Mark Carrington sends in a cross, save by Allan McGregor.
    • 41:14 Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Grant Gillespie gets a block in.
    • 40:07 The ball is crossed by Douglas Imrie, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.
    • 38:35 Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save made by Tomas Cerny.
    • 38:24 Effort from 25 yards by Maurice Edu. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 38:08 The ball is sent over by Richard Foster, blocked by Douglas Imrie.
    • 37:23 The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, clearance made by Mark Carrington.
    • 37:11 Richard Foster takes a shot. Blocked by David Buchanan.
    • 36:07 Unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Sasa Papac results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
    • 34:29 Gregg Wylde produces a cross, clearance by Alex Neil.
    • 33:57 Ali Crawford sends in a cross.
    • 33:23 Maurice Edu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie. Alex Neil restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:23 Booking Booking for Maurice Edu for unsporting behaviour.
    • 32:19 Kyle Lafferty is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.
    • 32:19 Substitution David Elebert leaves the field to be replaced by Mark Carrington.
    • 27:58 The referee penalises Douglas Imrie for handball. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
    • 25:36 The ball is delivered by Nigel Hasselbaink, clearance by Richard Foster.
    • 24:19 Gregg Wylde delivers the ball.
    • 22:58 Kyle Lafferty concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Neil. Alex Neil restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:58 Booking Steven Naismith shown a yellow card.
    • 22:51 Booking Alex Neil booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 20:34 Steven Naismith fouled by Alex Neil, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:14 Kyle Lafferty takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 19:29 Kyle Lafferty fouled by David Elebert, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.
    • 18:31 Unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Alex Neil restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:21 Gary McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on David Weir. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 16:54 Placed penalty taken by Douglas Imrie saved by Allan McGregor. Hamilton 0-0 Rangers.
    • 15:40 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Steven Davis.
    • 13:21 Unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Maurice Edu results in a free kick. Ali Crawford restarts play with the free kick.
    • 11:16 Gary McDonald produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
    • 10:32 The offside flag is raised against Nikica Jelavic. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Neil.
    • 3:32 Nikica Jelavic concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Neil. Free kick taken by Alex Neil.
    • 1:28 Richard Foster crosses the ball, save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Scottish Premier results

    10 Apr 2011 23:59 UK


    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 10 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 30 47 73
    2 Rangers 30 38 71
    3 Hearts 32 16 60
    4 Dundee Utd 32 7 52
    5 Kilmarnock 32 10 47
    6 Motherwell 33 -7 44
    7 Inverness CT 31 1 37
    8 Hibernian 32 -15 36
    9 St Johnstone 32 -20 34
    10 Aberdeen 32 -19 31
    11 St Mirren 32 -22 28
    12 Hamilton 32 -36 16

    see also
    Smith happy with hard-fought win
    11 Apr 11 |  Rangers
    Hamilton boss rues poor finishing
    10 Apr 11 |  Hamilton
    Hamilton v Rangers as it happened
    10 Apr 11 |  Scottish Premier


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