Hamilton Accies and Motherwell player ratings as Steelmen secure survival

Motherwell claimed the bragging rights in the Lanarkshire derby as they secured their top flight status.

Mark O’Hara’s clever reverse shot on 37 minutes handed the Steelmen all three points and plunged their rivals into serious trouble.

Hamilton remain bottom of the Premiership table with just three games to go and although they battled admirably, Ronan Hughes’ daft red card on 34 minutes made it a uphill battle.

Here’s how the players rated in the Lanarkshire derby.

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Hamilton Accies

Kyle Gourlay – 6 Smart saved to deny Cole early on but had little chance with O’Hara’s reverse finish for Motherwell’s opener.

Lee Hodson – 5 Steady display from one of Hamilton’s most reliable performers. Didn’t see much of the ball in the first half and he was moved in midfield after the break before reverting to right-back.

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Jamie Hamilton – 7 Accies best player. Heart in mouth moment when he went in for a full-blooded challenge early on but the 19 year-old timed it perfectly. He had a couple of rampaging runs from right-back in the second half.

Aaron Martin – 6 Solid performance. Handled the considerable threat of Devante Cole and constantly organised his teammates.

Brian Easton – 6 The Accies captain was dependable as the hosts limited Motherwell to few chances. Replaced by Mimnaugh on 71 minutes.

Scott McMann battles with Allan Campbell
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Scott McMann – 6 Good battle against Stephen O’Donnell. Bombed up and down the left hand side but some of his deliveries from set-pieces were disappointing.

Hakeem Odoffin – 6 Missed a glorious chance after just two minutes and booked after eight minutes. Protected his defence impressively as the game became stretched in the final 20 minutes.

Ronan Hughes – 3 Shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Robbie Crawford. Looked slightly harsh but it was a needlessly aggressive tackle on the halfway line. Industrious before dismissal but failed to impact the game in possession.

Ronan Hughes was shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Clancy
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Ross Callachan – 5 Unusually quiet during the opening stages as the game bypassed midfield. Accies top scorer this season but he was the first player that Brian Rice substituted. Booked for a rash challenge on Campbell after 30 minutes.

Hamilton’s Kyle Munro battles against Ricki Lamie
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Kyle Munro – 5 Full of energy and his commitment to the cause is unquestionable. Lightning quick and he was tasked with stretching the Motherwell defence but didn’t threaten Liam Kelly.

Bruce Anderson – 6 Had an ambitious snapshot that sailed over but Motherwell’s back three marshalled him well. Hasn’t been as influential since Marios Ogkmpoe’s injury and he is suited to playing alongside a physical strike partner.


Lewis Smith – 4 First appearance since the start of the season and his return from injury is a huge boost to Accies. Talented player.

Reegan Mimnaugh- 4 Replaced Easton but didn’t really impact the game after his introduction

Nathan Thomas – 4 Showed great pace to burst clear of McGinley but the Motherwell defender recovered well


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Liam Kelly – 6 A virtual spectator during the first-half as Hamilton failed to register a shot on target. Comfortable save from Anderson on the hour and he recorded his third clean sheet in four games.

Stephen O’Donnell – 7 Far more comfortable in a wing-back role and provided a constant attacking outlet down the right flank. Great defensive header to avert danger from an Accies free-kick just after the break.

Declan Gallagher – 6 Dominant aerially and marshalled the Motherwell defence well. Extremely vocal and it was a comfortable evening for the Scotland international.

Ricki Lamie was excellent for Motherwell
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Ricki Lamie – 7 Had an early header cleared off the line from a corner. He won the majority of his aerial duels and defended impressively.

Tyler Magloire – 6 Handed a start as Motherwell changed formation and the 22 year-old didn’t put a foot wrong.

Nathan McGinley – 6 Looks to have established himself as first choice left-back ahead of Jake Carroll. Didn’t have much to do defensively but made a great recovery challenge as Nathan Thomas broke clear with ten minutes remaining.

Allan Campbell – 6 Fairly quiet evening for the 22 year-old. He relentlessly pressed Hamilton’s players and he worked his socks off for his boyhood club.

Robbie Crawford – 7 The epitome of a team player. Goes about his business quietly but plays an important role in Alexander’s side.

Mark O’Hara celebrates his opening goal with Stephen O’Donnell
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Mark O’Hara – 7 Showed great composure to angle a low effort beyond Gourlay to open the scoring. His versatility will be a huge asset to the Steelmen moving forward.

Devante Cole – 6 Forced Gourlay into an early save with a curling effort. Went close again just before half-time with an acrobatic effort.

Chris Long – 5 Struggled to influence the game before Hamilton were reduced to ten men. Withdrawn on 64 minutes as Alexander looked to protect the lead

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Barry Maguire 4 – Introduced to shore up the Motherwell side and went about his work efficiently

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