in Match Reports February 4, 2017
Alan Cochrane @ Superseal Stadium
For half an hour, Kilmarnock completely ran this game. Within seven minutes they were a goal ahead, were pressing the Accies high up the pitch, and it seemed that it was only a matter of time before they were out of sight. Unfortunately, they began to believe that themselves, Hamilton sorted themselves out, got a goal back a couple of minutes before the break, and both sides played out a sterile second half and shared the points. To Killie boss Lee Clark, it felt like a defeat.
Kilmarnock’s goal was typical of of that first period. With four passes they cut their way through the Hamilton defence, and Sean Longstaff rifled a shot into the net. More goals for the visitors didn't come however, and as we moved towards the half time cup of tea, Accies got a goal back via substitute Eamonn Brophy, and could have done even more damage as they upped their act, and Killie lost the edge that they'd had.
The second half was a much more level affair. Kris Boyd had a couple of chances, both created by Rory McKenzie, but sent them wide, Hamilton wasted an opportunity from a corner, then Imrie shot over, and Longstaff shot wide when he tried to emulate his first half success.
For Lee Clark at the end, a point apiece was probably a fair division of the spoils, but “I can't believe it. The first half hour was so one sided. We were playing really well. I've been in professional football since I was sixteen, and I've never been in a game like that where we were so dominant, were playing so well because we were playing so simple, but we stopped doing the good things, and it feels like a defeat. The second half turned out to be what all four games [against Hamilton] have been like, very very tight, neither giving an inch, both having opportunities, so I'm frustrated and disappointed”. Both Longstaff, only starting in first team football, and the experienced Dicker at centre back impressed the manager, and the strength he had on the bench, plus Addison and Kiltie still to return “Excites” the boss, and makes him believe he is building a strong squad. With only two senior players on the field after Stevie Smith had to go off, perhaps all the young players got a bit cockie after that first half hour, and dropped off it a bit. So it may have “felt like a defeat”, but Lee Clark was still upbeat about the future.
Hamilton: Woods, Seaborne, Devlin, Gillespie, Imrie, D’Acol (Brophy), Redmond (Boyd), Bingham, MacKinnon, Donati (Hughes), Adams
Kilmarnock: Woodman, Smith (Hawkshaw), Jones (Umerah), McKenzie, Dicker, Boyd (Samson), Longstaff, Ajmer, Taylor, Wilson, Hendrie
Referee: Steven McLean
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