Following their vital win over Hearts, St Mirren had the opportunity to move out of the relegation playoff place should they get the better of Hamilton Accies in Paisley. Accies having only won once themselves in eight games.
Oran Kearney named the first 11 that grabbed that first win under his stewardship. Adam Hammill, who grabbed a brace that day, in support of Simeon Jackson up front.
Martin Canning made four changes following Accies’ 0-3 defeat at home to champions Celtic. He handed a debut to new goalkeeper Jan Mucha. Darian McKinnon started in the middle of the park and a new centre forward pairing consisted of James Keatings and Fredrik Brustad. The quartet replacing Gary Woods, Delphin Tshiembe, Tom Taiwo and Rakish Bingham.
Following few chances, it would take less than half an hour for Hamilton to go ahead. A James Keatings corner was met by a fantastic looping header from Dougie Imrie. It left Danny Rogers with no chance, to put Accies ahead in a crunch six-pointer.
The Buddies would look to respond through young Ethan Erhahon crossing for Paul McGinn as both full backs looked to combine. Unfortunately, the right back headed just wide from the left back’s cross as the hosts looked to get back on level terms.
Dougie Imrie could’ve doubled his tally for the afternoon and doubled the visitors’ advantage after he was slid through by Keatings, the duo looking to link up once more. Aberdeen loanee Rogers keeping St Mirren in the game with a decent stop.
Two good from set pieces
Good got better for Accies as they went two ahead before half time. Another Keatings set piece, this time a free kick found Ziggy Gordon, who grabbed his first goal since returning to the club from Poland, with Aaron McGowan also looking to claim it. It didn’t matter as Hamilton were two to the good.
But the Buddies would pull one back before the interval. It came courtesy of club captain Stephen McGinn, stabbing home following a ball coming back into the box. The corner had initially been cleared, only as far as Erhahon who nodded to McGinn to pull one back for the hosts.
1-2, all to play for in the second half
All three goals had come from set pieces or as a result of dead ball situations. Adam Hammill looked to add to that for St Mirren, sending a troubling free kick into the Accies area. However, nobody got a decisive touch to trouble Mucha in goal and Accies, through goalscorer Gordon, eventually scrambled clear. Jack Baird failing to trouble the keeper and Simeon Jackson couldn’t get contact either.
Hamilton would make St Mirren pay. A decent wee counter attack saw Aaron McGowan pull back for James Keatings to bend one into the top corner, right in front of the travelling fans. A great strike and the second wondergoal in Paisley in successive weeks.
Rogers left standing still thanks to Keating’s wondergoal. The striker’s first goal in his third spell at the club following time at both Edinburgh clubs and Dundee United. He’ll do very well to top that for Accies this season or beyond.
It was bad to worse for the Buddies as Simeon Jackson was sent for an early bath following a challenge on Ziggy Gordon. The Canadian can’t have had any complaints as his reckless and late challenge resulted in a second bookable offence. It so easily could’ve been a straight red card.
Stephen McGinn’s cross was missed by Cody Cooke at the back post. The substitute was unable to make contact with a superb cross from their goalscorer. An accurate portrayal of the Buddies’ day in truth. Further frustration coming from Danny Mullen hitting the crossbar late on.
Accies therefore added to their 3-0 victory over the Buddies in September, courtesy of a Brustad goal and Miller double, winning 3-1 in the huge reverse fixture. They next travel to Dundee, another side struggling to take them on midweek at Dens Park.
St Mirren travel to the capital to take on Hibernian at Easter Road and now sit five points behind their Lanarkshire counterparts.