Ryan Hedges put Derek McInnes’ team in front after 19 minutes before Marios Ogkmpoe levelled for Accies four minutes into the second half. The striker’s goal was enough to split the points in South Lanarkshire, the hosts ending their losing streak and Aberdeen moving into third.
Fans haven’t been quiet in voicing their displeasure at Accies’ form in recent times, losing five Premiership games on the spin and also suffering League Cup defeats to League Two Annan Athletic and Stranraer.
A first home league win of the season over a Dons side looking for third spot would go some way to putting a smile on fans’ faces. Brian Rice’s men weren’t going to have it easy though against a team with ambitions of their own and who had beaten Accies 4-2 earlier this term.
The home side were bright in the opening 15 minutes, Aberdeen struggling to get into their rhythm. They didn’t need one as Hedges kicked them into gear, Matty Kennedy’s cross not dealt with and the Welshman on hand to deal out punishment.
Sam Cosgrove almost made it 2-0 a couple of minutes later, his excellent effort from outside the box turned onto the post by Accies keeper Ryan Fulton. All of a sudden, Aberdeen were dominant.
Rice’s side did start to get closer as the half came to a close but they weren’t carrying a heavy attacking threat, something the Hamilton boss would have to change in the second half if they were to take anything from this.
A goal would come four minutes into the half for the hosts, much to the dismay of McInnes who claimed offside. A cross into the box by Scott McMann found Ogkmpoe, who glanced his header past Joe Lewis.
It was a dream start for Rice and it gave him and his team a front-foot start. They looked more dangerous than the first 45 and were certainly seeing a lot more of the ball.
The game was on a knife-edge heading into the final 10 minutes, neither side creating many attacking chances throughout the half. One goal would surely settle things as the likes of David Moyo, Ryan Edmondson and Niall McGinn were introduced for attacking impetus.
Kennedy would have a great chance but his shot from the edge of the box was well-saved by Fulton before Ben Stirling had a chance up the other end blocked. Joe Lewis would save the Dons from defeat with a stunning last-gasp save from Hamilton’s Moyo. It ended all-square and here are three things we learned.
Hedges bringing star quality
One of the bright spots in an overall stuffy game was Hedges. The Welshman scored once more for the Dons, building on his impressive form throughout this campaign.
He brought a spark to every Dons attack he was involved in and linked midfield to attack effectively. His talent has never been in question but now Aberdeen are getting consistency from him.
5-4-1 was the formation of choice for Rice against the Dons and it did the job of making Accies compact. What it also managed to do though was make Hamilton chances come about at a premium.
No shots were had in the first half as a task to be clinical was presented to the strikers. Callum Smith moved up top with Ogkmpoe in the second half and the latter buried the one opportunity he got, Accies more of a threat in the second 45.
Viewing the point
Their could be mixed emotions from each team after this draw. Hamilton will be relieved to see their losing run put to an end, but perhaps more importantly, Rice watched his team compete well with a team fighting for third.
For Aberdeen they had a chance to open up a gap on Hibs in that race for third, after Jack Ross’ side drew 2-2 with St Johnstone on Tuesday night. But they weren’t able to break Accies down regularly. Given they were in front too, McInnes could be frustrated with this result, albeit they did still go third.