SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership Matchday 17 Review – Hamilton Academical 0-1 Hibernian

Hibs were on their longest winless run since Neil Lennon took the reins from Alan Stubbs, their last win coming in the reverse fixture of this match in which they blew away their Lanarkshire opponents, with one win in their last four, 6-0 at Easter Road.

Jan Mucha injured himself in the warm-up so Gary Woods came back into the Accies goal. Matt Kilgallon, Lenny Sowah, Rakish Bingham and former Hibee Tom Taiwo came into the Accies 11. They all replaced Delphin Tshiembe, Scott McMann, Fredrik Brustad and another former Hibee Scott Martin in five changes for Martin Canning’s men after they were blown away 4-0 by Dundee.

Coincidentally, Adam Bogdan was also injured in the warm up with Ofir Marciano taking his place. Miguel Nelom and Vykintas Slivka also made their way into the lineup replacing Daryl Horgan and Marvin Bartley as Neil Lennon made three changes to the side frustrated by St Mirren after their 2-2 draw in the capital.

Chances at both ends

Rakish Bingham tried to catch Marciano out from a tight angle but blazed over before Hibs looked to counter from a James Keatings free kick but as Martin Boyle looked to square for Oli Shaw, Woods came out to gather.

Stevie Mallan stung the palms of Woods from long distance as Hibs’ top scorer looked to add to his collection before trying to catch out Woods from a free kick which favoured the cross, very nearly sneaking one in at the near post.

Accies have failed to score in three of their last four games and James Keatings passed up a golden chance following good work from Miller before he pulled back to yet another former Hibee. Keatings flashed his effort across goal but he knows he should’ve given his current side the lead against a former one.

The last real action saw Martin Boyle be taken off after a concussion, who has later thankfully confirmed that he is okay.

Substitutes proving the difference

Ziggy Gordon headed narrowly wide from another Keatings free kick before Sowah lost out to substitute Emerson Hyndman up the other end, the American pulled back for Kamberi but the frontman forcing a save from substitute goalkeeper Jacob Marsden, also saving from the American.

Another substitute would make all the difference, Daryl Horgan coming on to set up what would be the winner for Hibernian. After receiving from Kamberi, he sent a left footed cross over for young striker Oli Shaw to volley home with a cool finish into the top left corner.

Horgan and Hyndman the heroes for Hibs

Great finish from the 20 year old, his 10th goal in 36 Hibs appearances. His second in as many games, he’s now up to five for the season. He was denied shortly after by Marsden after receiving from Emerson Hyndman who, after coming on, was proving to be the difference along with Horgan.

Next up for these two, they face the Old Firm with Hibs hosting Celtic and Rangers at home to Accies.


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