Hamilton have aided their survival efforts and handed Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell a big reality check by beating them 2-1 at Fir Park in a remarkable performance.

Chris Long opened the scoring in some style for the hosts. Showing brilliant strength to hold off Sam Stubbs, he guided the ball into the bottom corner. Stephen Robinson’s men were playing with swagger and style, cutting Accies open via some fine moves.

Long was performing well. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hamilton were starting to get some glimpses of joy as the half wore on. Mickel Miller looked particularly dangerous as Brian Rice’s side hunted an equaliser.

The forward then had a penalty shout waved away just seconds into the second half. David Moyo then forced a wonderful save from Mark Gillespie as his spectacular strike look destined for the top corner.


Hamilton were piling on the pressure and a defensive mix-up almost handed them an equaliser. Motherwell were trying to weather an almighty storm but eventually Accies got a breakthrough with Aaron McGowan blasting the ball past Gillespie.

McGowan got a leveler. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Moyo then headed them into a deserved lead, which proved to be enough to seal a precious win. Hamilton are five points clear of the bottom and one point off safety whilst the Well remain third. Here are three things we learned.

An off day for the Well

Motherwell looked brilliant in the early stages but the performance levels faded as the game wore on. Accies were first to every ball and seemed to grow in confidence with every passing moment.

Robinson’s side have been excellent this season but this was a painful lesson in what can happen if standards slip. They did drop against their local rivals and Hamilton made sure they were punished.

Dejection for Motherwell. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Results elsewhere keep them in third but Motherwell must improve upon this performance after the winter break. Stewing on this until January 18th won’t be easy.

Hamilton have spirit for the fight

Overall Rice’s side were the better team in this match. He’ll be thrilled for his young squad that they’ve managed to deliver the three points against stacked odds. The effort they put in was admirable.

Oakley put a shift in. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

What was shown at Fir Park was fight. Others may have more quality in some areas, but Rice has his men fighting for the badge and the cause. If they can work out how to get this performance out of themselves consistently, Accies can beat the drop once more.

O’Donnell’s memory lives on

A touching moment was observed in the tenth minute of this match as Fir Park rose to salute their captain, Phil O’Donnell. Today’s match marked 12 years to the day of his untimely passing.

Brave as a lion. (Ben Radford/Allsport

Everyone who met him would tell you he was a brilliant footballer, but an even better man. His memory is cemented in the brickwork at Fir Park and the beautifully observed applause is a testament to how highly he was thought of.

It’s a sad time for the club when December 29th rolls around and O’Donnell was remembered with class.

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