Hamilton Accies 0 - 2 Partick Thistle

Saturday 16th March 2013
C Balatoni (44)
C Elliot (84)

Partick maintain Morton pursuit

Partick continued their push for promotion with a 2-0 win at Hamilton.

The Jags went into the game having failed to register a victory at New Douglas Park since 2006, and it was the hosts who had the better of opening exchanges.

The Accies enjoyed the majority of the possession throughout the first half but failed to find a breakthrough and they were made to pay a minute before the break.

An outswinging corner from the left by Ross Forbes was met by Conrad Balatoni at the near post and his header went into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

In the second half, Billy Reid's side continued to dominate possession without finding a way through Partick's defence.

And the visitors made sure of victory after 84 minutes when substitute Christie Elliot's strike found the top right-hand corner of the goal from 18 yards out to leave the Jags just two points behind league leaders Morton with two games in hand.

OfficialStephen Finnie
Attendance1,852
VenueNew Douglas Park
Kick Off
Hamilton Accies 0 - 0 Partick Thistle
0:57
Foul on Steven Lawless
1:03
Free Kick taken by Aaron Muirhead
3:08
Shot taken by Zygmunt Gordon with his right foot from the left penalty area
3:30
Corner taken by Stevie May with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
3:46
Foul on Scott Fox
3:56
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
4:39
Shot taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair using his left foot
4:49
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
4:58
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
7:08
Foul on Steven Lawless
7:14
Free Kick taken by Ross Forbes from the right wing
7:33
Shot taken by Steven Craig from the right wing
7:49
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
10:31
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
10:55
Shot taken by Louis Longridge with his right foot
11:06
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
11:51
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
15:45
Cross from Stevie May
15:50
Save made by Scott Fox
16:09
Offside flag raised against Chris Erskine
16:13
Free Kick taken by Martin Canning
16:57
Shot taken by Gary Fisher with his right foot
17:12
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
17:53
Foul on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
17:59
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
19:49
Foul on Aaron Muirhead
19:52
Free Kick taken by Stephen O'Donnell
22:45
Corner taken by Ross Forbes using his left foot from the left byline to the near post
23:08
Clearance by Alexander Neil
23:29
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
24:21
Foul on Zygmunt Gordon
24:28
Free Kick taken by Grant Gillespie
24:53
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
26:18
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
27:37
Foul on Sean Welsh
27:41
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni
29:30
Foul on Michael Devlin
29:36
Free Kick taken by Zygmunt Gordon
30:11
Foul on Steven Craig
30:15
Free Kick taken by Stuart Bannigan from the left wing
31:22
Foul on Stevie May
31:29
Free Kick taken by Zygmunt Gordon
33:31
Foul on Martin Canning
33:36
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
34:23
Shot taken by Gary Fisher using his left foot
34:37
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
35:07
Foul on Conrad Balatoni
35:15
Free Kick taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
36:10
Foul on Stephen O'Donnell
36:14
Free Kick taken by Stephen O'Donnell from the right wing
36:34
Foul on Alexander Neil
36:38
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
38:50
Shot taken by Chris Erskine using his left foot
39:07
Save made by Scott Fox
39:10
Shot taken by Steven Craig with his right foot from the left six yard line
39:33
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
39:43
Foul on Sean Welsh
39:48
Free Kick taken by Stephen O'Donnell
42:17
Corner taken by Ross Forbes using his left foot from the left byline to the far post
42:42
Clearance by Martin Canning
42:45
Corner taken by Ross Forbes using his left foot from the left byline to the near post
43:34
Shot taken by Conrad Balatoni from the left six yard line
43:34
Hamilton Accies 0 - 1 Partick Thistle
GOAL scored by Conrad Balatoni from the left six yard line to the bottom left of the goal.
44:56
Shot taken by Stevie May
45:00+0:15
Clearance by Aaron Muirhead
45:00+0:25
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
Half Time
Hamilton Accies 0 - 1 Partick Thistle
Second Half Started
Hamilton Accies 0 - 1 Partick Thistle
46:14
Shot taken by Sean Welsh with his right foot
46:33
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
46:44
Foul on Michael Devlin
46:52
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
48:39
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
49:17
Foul on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
49:56
BOOKING: Grant Gillespie of Hamilton Accies given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
51:13
Free Kick taken by Stuart Bannigan
51:47
Hand Ball taken by Zygmunt Gordon
51:50
Free Kick taken by Ross Forbes
51:57
BOOKING: Zygmunt Gordon of Hamilton Accies given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
52:37
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
55:07
Foul on Conrad Balatoni
55:11
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni
55:16
BOOKING: Stevie May of Hamilton Accies given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
56:44
Offside flag raised against Steven Craig
56:45
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
58:01
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
58:55
Foul on Ross Forbes
59:00
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
60:28
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
61:26
Shot taken by Gary Fisher with his right foot from the centre penalty area
61:34
Save made by Scott Fox
61:37
Corner taken by Stevie May with his right foot from the right byline
61:52
Clearance by Ross Forbes
62:11
Foul on Steven Lawless
62:24
Free Kick taken by Aaron Muirhead
63:06
Foul on Scott Fox
63:29
Free Kick taken by Ross Forbes from the right wing
63:53
Substitution for Partick Thistle: James Craigen on for Ross Forbes
65:47
Corner taken by James Craigen with his right foot from the right byline
66:13
Shot taken by Sean Welsh with his right foot from the centre penalty area
66:47
Foul on Stevie May
66:50
Free Kick taken by Jonathon Routledge
67:35
Shot taken by Chris Erskine with his right foot from the centre penalty area
67:49
Save made by Scott Fox
68:40
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
70:01
Foul on Alexander Neil
71:02
Free Kick taken by Grant Gillespie
73:45
Substitution for Hamilton Accies: Alister Crawford on for Alexander Neil
74:56
Foul on Steven Lawless
74:59
Free Kick taken by James Craigen from the right wing
77:07
Shot taken by Gary Fisher with his right foot from the right penalty area
77:35
Substitution for Hamilton Accies: Stephen Hendrie on for Grant Gillespie
77:52
Corner taken by Alister Crawford with his right foot from the left byline
78:14
Clearance by Stuart Bannigan
78:28
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Christie Elliot on for Chris Erskine
80:50
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
82:34
Shot taken by Christie Elliot with his right foot from the left penalty area
82:43
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
82:55
Corner taken by James Craigen using his left foot from the right byline
83:16
Clearance by Michael Devlin
83:32
Shot taken by Christie Elliot with his right foot from the left penalty area
83:32
Hamilton Accies 0 - 2 Partick Thistle
GOAL scored by Christie Elliot with his right foot from the left penalty area to the top right of the goal.
84:21
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Kris Doolan on for Steven Craig
85:25
Corner taken by Stephen Hendrie with his right foot from the right byline
85:44
Clearance by James Craigen
85:49
Corner taken by Alister Crawford with his right foot from the right byline to the far post
86:23
Shot taken by Michael Devlin with his right foot from the right six yard line
87:39
Foul on Sean Welsh
87:43
Free Kick taken by Stephen O'Donnell
88:16
BOOKING: Jonathon Routledge of Hamilton Accies given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
90:00+4:25
Shot taken by Stevie May with his right foot from the centre penalty area
90:00+4:34
Save made by Scott Fox
Full Time
Hamilton Accies 0 - 2 Partick Thistle

Hamilton Accies

vs

Partick Thistle

0
Goals
2
0
Assists
1
9
Shots
10
3
On Target
8
6
Off Target
4
1
Crosses
0
5
Corners
5
27
Throw Ins
27
2
Saves
5
3
Clearances
4
13
Goal Kicks
6
10
Free Kicks
18
0
Offside
2
1
Hand Balls
0
4
Yellow Cards
0

Hamilton Accies

Formation: 4-1-4-1

01.Kevin Cuthbert
02.Zygmunt Gordon (52+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Martin Canning
05.Michael Devlin
08.Gary Fisher
03.Grant Gillespie (50+0: Unsporting behaviour) 78+0' Tactical
06.Jonathon Routledge (89+0: Unsporting behaviour)
10.Alexander Neil 74+0' Injury
07.Louis Longridge
09.Stevie May (56+0: Unsporting behaviour)
11.Darian Mackinnon

Substitutes

19.Scott Christie
12.Jonathan Page
15.Stephen Hendrie 78+0' Tactical
16.Alister Crawford 74+0' Injury
14.Andrew Ryan

Partick Thistle

Formation: 4-3-3

01.Scott Fox
02.Stephen O'Donnell
03.Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
05.Aaron Muirhead
06.Conrad Balatoni
07.Sean Welsh
08.Stuart Bannigan
11.Chris Erskine 79+0' Tactical
04.Ross Forbes 64+0' Tactical
09.Steven Craig 85+0' Tactical
10.Steven Lawless

Substitutes

12.Glen Daniels
17.Alan Archibald
14.James Craigen 64+0' Tactical
15.Kris Doolan 85+0' Tactical
16.Christie Elliot 79+0' Tactical

Accies missing Millar

Striker Kieran Millar is Hamilton's only absentee as they look for win number three of the season over visitors Partick Thistle.

Millar has a knee injury but Jonathan Page returns after a suspension.

New Douglas Park manager Billy Reid said: "I am looking forward to the game as Thistle are a good team to play against. They play good expansive football and have a lot of high-energy players so it should bring the best out of my guys again.

"We can go out and look for the win as we have beaten Thistle in the Scottish Communities League Cup and the First Division this season.

"We are due a break after having no luck against Falkirk and Cowdenbeath so hopefully something will break our way and be the difference in this one."

Partick will have Chris Erskine available.

The forward has shrugged off the back spasm which caused him to miss out against Dumbarton last weekend.

Paul Paton remains out with an ankle injury.

Jags' interim manager Alan Archibald said: "Hamilton are one of the most attractive teams to watch in this league and that is due to the organisation that manager Billy Reid drills into them.

We have lost twice at their place this season - in fact we have not been able to score against them there as they are just so well organised.

"Hopefully we can get that first goal and it leads on to a win."

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Saves

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As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Morton 28 27 58
2 Partick Thistle 26 35 56
3 Livingston 26 9 43
4 Dunfermline 28 6 41
5 Falkirk 27 -1 37
6 Raith Rovers 26 -2 31
7 Up Cowdenbeath 27 -5 29
8 Down Hamilton Accies 26 -6 29
9 Dumbarton 26 -30 24
10 Airdrieonians 28 -33 19

Updated 16/03/2013 at 16:56