By Ben McNicol
This was set to be a tight affair. Both sides came into the fixture with form, St Mirren earning a hard-earned point against Aberdeen while Hamilton blew rivals Motherwell away 4-1 in the Lanarkshire Derby at the weekend.
It was an entertaining first half and the game certainly wasn’t short of attempts at goal. However, the quality of those efforts were questionable. There was a huge stramash inside the Hamilton six-yard box which saw the ball cleared off the line before Brian Easton headed the ball off his own crossbar.
Luckily for Accies, the ball was put to safety. The home side continued to knock on the Hamilton door and Richard Tait was presented with two wonderful chances in a matter of minutes. Firstly, his curling effort came back off the post before Ryan Fulton denied the full-back with a sublime stretching save.
Hamilton’s best opportunity came on the stroke of half-time when Bruce Anderson’s low drive towards goal pulled a decent save out of Jak Alnwick. However, the on-loan Aberdeen striker squandered his side’s best chance of the game minutes after the interval when he headed Scott McMann’s cross wide after finding himself in acres of space.
It was St Mirren who opened the scoring up the end though with their first attack of the second-half as Ilkay Durmus’ excellent strike from 20-yards flew beyond Fulton and into the bottom right-hand corner.
Hamilton responded well after falling behind and levelled proceedings on 68th minute as the ball broke to Anderson inside the box and his strike towards goal took a massive deflection off Joe Shaughnessy, wrong-footed Alnwick and found its way into the back of the net.
If anyone looked like snatching a winner it was Hamilton, but as the game came to a close, both sides looked relatively satisfied with a share of the spoils. Here are three things we learned.
Honours Even in Paisley
The term ‘a game of two halves’ certainly described this one. St Mirren dominated the first and should’ve been ahead. They did eventually go ahead against the run of play, but overall, the second 45 minutes was all Hamilton and a point a piece was a fair reflection of the game.
Anderson strikes again
Hamilton fans weren’t sure what to expect when Anderson arrived on-loan from Aberdeen and it’s fair to say he’s probably not far off becoming a fans’ favourite already after just four games in the red and white hoops. He’s been very impressive in all of his performances so far and has two goals and two assists from four matches.
Hamilton make it three games unbeaten
It’s getting to that time of the year when usual relegation favourites Hamilton tend to raise their game just that little bit higher and pull off some unexpected results. And unsurprisingly, it’s happening once again.
Accies look a shadow of the side that was on show less than a month ago and the tactical reshuffle from Brian Rice prior to the Rangers game seems to be paying dividends.
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