To say people wrote Hamilton off prior to their trip to face Aberdeen would be an understatement. Despite the history books not looking kind for Accies and being massive underdogs for this tie, Brian Rice’s men came up with the goods. It was a stellar performance that seen Accies walk away with a 2-0 victory, courtesy of a George Oakley stunner and a second half Mickel Miller strike.
Some of the stats behind the victory are incredible. It’s the first time in five attempts Accies have beaten Aberdeen, having suffered 3-0 deficits in all of those fixtures. Oakley’s stunning goal was the first time Accies have scored away from home since December.
It’s also only Hamilton’s fourth victory at Pittodrie since 1930 and the first since 2010. The stats and odds were against Rice and his men, but they have still delivered a massive three points.
These points are so big, it would be fair to say this is Accies’ best result since the 2016/17 play-0ff victory over Dundee United.
Breathing space for Accies
Rice deserves plenty of credit for this masterstroke. He seen what didn’t work against Hibs, but he tried to implement it against Rangers again, and it was even worse. The Hamilton boss learnt from this, and changed things up for the Pittodrie clash, opting for a more attacking approach. It’s a change that has paid dividends for Accies, proving Rice has what it takes to become a top manager.
Sure Accies rode their luck at times, but they preyed brilliantly on Aberdeen’s poor home form. The job was still done though, and Hamilton secured their biggest victory since May 2017.
It’s the biggest result for a few reasons. One is the type of team they have played. Aberdeen are no pushovers. The fact Accies managed to go up there after such a crushing defeat to Rangers and win is a testament to Rice’s side.
Not only that, but it’s a massive result in the relegation race. They have cut St Mirren off, with the Buddies now needing to make up 10 points to get ahead of Accies in 10th. They are also three points in front of Dundee. With the Dee facing difficult home fixtures in the run-up to the split, including home tasks against Hearts, Celtic and Aberdeen, Hamilton have opened up a gap at the worst time for Jim McIntyre’s men.
The Pittodrie victory is a massive confidence booster for Accies. After the Rangers defeat, Rice wanted a response, and he got that and more. Accies can now take this performance into a crucial Lanarkshire derby a week on Saturday.
This result could be the catalyst for Hamilton’s Premiership survival, and because of that, it’s the biggest win since the play-offs in 2017.