By Ben McNicol

St Johnstone and Hamilton couldn’t be separated in a 0-0 stalemate at a freezing cold McDiarmid Park.

It just seemed to be one of those afternoons for the Saints, who had a whopping 28 efforts at goal throughout the game, the telling stat being the fact that it culminated in just three of those attempts hitting the target.

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Bad day at the office for St Johnstone in front of goal. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hamilton will be certainly be the happier of the two sides, earning a hard-earned point while St Johnstone will be left wondering what could’ve been had they been more clinical in front of goal.

It was Accies who started the brighter of the two sides, with St Johnstone struggling to see much of the ball.  Brian Rice’s men should’ve opened the scoring after two minutes when Nathan Thomas evaded numerous challenges and found himself clean through one-on-one, but Zander Clark was equal to the effort, blocking it with his outstretched leg.

Saints began to see a lot more of the ball following a strong start from the visitors, and they controlled the remainder of the first half, with Accies camped deep inside their own half.

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Battling affair. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

They created a whole array of fantastic opportunities within a 20-minute spell and it looked like a matter of time until the deadlock was finally broken. However, the visitors remained resolute and managed to go into the break level.

The final action of the opening 45 saw Chris Kane swivel inside the box and fire an attempt at goal, but it lacked power and was comfortably gathered by Kyle Gourlay.  The second half continued in the same vein with St Johnstone mounting the pressure on Hamilton, who were happy sit back, defend for their lives and then pounce on the counter.

 

And they nearly did just that when Thomas made a lung-bursting run down the wing, leaving Liam Craig trailing in his wake. But as it got to the pivotal moment, he ran out of stream, and blazed his effort over the crossbar.

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Nothing up top. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Up the other end, Ali McCann trapped David Wotherspoon’s pass nicely on the edge of the box, but his first-time effort sailed wide of the target. Another glorious chance came and passed by for St Johnstone, Michael O’Halloran missing from six yards out at the near post with three minutes to go. Here are three things we learned from the 0-0 affair.

Stalemate  

It was never going to be pretty as there was simply too much at stake, but it’s fair to say that Rice and Hamilton will certainly be the happier of the two sides, picking up a point at a venue where they’ve failed to win in their last ten fixtures.

It was a Hamilton-like performance, something they probably won’t get enough credit for in defence. However, if they want to win games, they’re going to have to find a scorer in the January transfer window.

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Accies march on. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Saints need attacking spark

There’s no denying that St Johnstone created enough chances to win two or three games, but they were left to rue their missed chances and it was two points dropped from their point of view.

However, there are plenty positives to take for manager Callum Davidson because they’ve played well in the last couple of weeks and are creating chances. They just need to start taking them and it will be only a matter of time until they move themselves up the table.

Accies deserve respect 

Rice believes his side deserve some respect after his side’s honest and hard-working performance. Despite facing 28 shots, the Accies manager said that keeper Gourlay wasn’t really tested.

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