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Shot from just outside the box by John Sutton goes over the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Chambers by Stephen Craigan. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
James Chambers fouled by Steve Jennings, the ref awards a free kick. Ali Crawford takes the free kick.
Shot by Chris Humphrey from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Chris Humphrey delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Jamie Murphy misses to the right of the target.
Nigel Hasselbaink fouled by Shaun Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ali Crawford.
Gavin Skelton is shown a yellow card. Shaun Hutchinson fouled by Gavin Skelton, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by Nigel Hasselbaink. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ali Crawford on Jamie Murphy. Gavin Gunning takes the free kick.
Stevie Hammell concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Hasselbaink. Ali Crawford sends in a cross, James McAlister produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Chris Humphrey produces a cross, John Sutton takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Ali Crawford. Steve Jennings takes the direct free kick.
Francis Jeffers leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Humphrey. Stevie Hammell comes on in place of Ross Forbes.
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McAlister by Gavin Gunning. Martin Canning takes the free kick.
Francis Jeffers concedes a free kick for a foul on James McAlister. Direct free kick taken by Martin Canning.
Foul by James McAlister on Gavin Gunning, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gavin Gunning.
Keith Lasley goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Keith Lasley concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary McDonald. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Ali Crawford from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
Nigel Hasselbaink on for Flavio Paixao.
Flavio Paixao receives a caution. Flavio Paixao challenges Francis Jeffers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley from left wing, clearance by Martin Canning.
Gavin Skelton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Free kick crossed by Ross Forbes, James Chambers manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Mickael Antoine-Curier by Shaun Hutchinson results in a free kick. David Elebert takes the free kick.
Gary McDonald fouled by Gavin Gunning, the ref awards a free kick. Ali Crawford takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Jamie Murphy. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
Ali Crawford is brought on as a substitute for Mark Carrington. Mark McLaughlin goes off and Gary McDonald comes on.
Flavio Paixao concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Gunning. Tom Hateley crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Francis Jeffers is caught offside. David Elebert takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is sent over by Jonathon Routledge, James McAlister produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Handball by Keith Lasley. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
Francis Jeffers fouled by James Chambers, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ross Forbes, save by Tomas Cerny.
Jamie Murphy decides to take a short corner.
The official flags Martin Canning offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Keith Lasley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McAlister. The free kick is swung in right-footed by James Chambers, Steve Jennings makes a clearance.
Jamie Murphy has an effort at goal. Save by Tomas Cerny.
The referee books Martin Canning for unsporting behaviour. Penalty scored by John Sutton. Motherwell 1-0 Hamilton.Martin Canning challenges John Sutton unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Jonathon Routledge. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tom Hateley from left channel, save by Tomas Cerny.
Jamie Murphy produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Francis Jeffers takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
Martin Canning concedes a free kick for a foul on John Sutton. Jamie Murphy takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley to the near post, Header from close in by Gavin Gunning misses to the right of the target.
Flavio Paixao concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Gunning. Free kick crossed by Tom Hateley, clearance made by Martin Canning.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James McAlister on Tom Hateley. Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.
Tom Hateley challenges James McAlister unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
The referee blows for offside against James McAlister. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line to the near post, James Chambers makes a clearance.
Mickael Antoine-Curier is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
Flavio Paixao is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
James Chambers challenges John Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Hateley produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Gavin Skelton concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Jennings. Shaun Hutchinson restarts play with the free kick.
Martin Canning gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.
The ball is swung over by James McAlister, Jonathon Routledge produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Flavio Paixao takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Murphy on Mickael Antoine-Curier. Direct free kick taken by Martin Canning.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Flavio Paixao. Jonathon Routledge restarts play with the free kick.
Motherwell still without duo
Motherwell are still without Steve Jones and Steven Saunders for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Hamilton.
The pair have hamstring injuries and could also miss the midweek encounter against St Mirren.
Bob McHugh remains on the sidelines with a wrist injury.
Hamilton manager Billy Reid described his team's second-half performance at Fir Park in October as "horrible", but admits he would accept a similar display if it produced another victory.
Accies secured their first Clydesdale Bank Premier League win of the season against their Lanarkshire rivals after Nigel Hasselbaink capped a lively first-half display from Reid's side with an impressive goal.
Hamilton killed the game after the break and ground out a win, but they have failed to build on it and are even more desperate for points ahead of the latest derby.
A 2-0 defeat to Hearts last weekend left Hamilton five points adrift at the foot of the SPL and still without a victory at New Douglas Park, so Reid will not complain if his players produce another ugly win.
"There is no doubt about it, we would take that again," he said.
"We have not played a lot of games like that. There have been a lot of games where we have played well and not taken anything. But we will be back."
Motherwell have not scored against Hamilton this season, with Stuart McCall's first match in charge ending goalless at New Douglas Park on New Year's Day.
But Reid was impressed when watching Motherwell win 2-1 at Pittodrie on Tuesday night.
"I don`t know if our record against them will count for anything," Reid said.
"They have not beaten us in two games and have a new manager so they will be determined to put that right.
"They see themselves as the bigger club in Lanarkshire too, but we have acquitted ourselves fairly well in both games.
"We were fairly lucky to take the three points at their place but I also thought we should have won the game at New Douglas Park.
"I watched Motherwell up at Aberdeen and thought they were first class. They played the ball around very well and were worthy winners."
Hamilton this week wrote a letter of complaint to the SPL after their match against Dundee United at Tannadice was postponed two and a half hours before kick-off, but the decision could mean striker Dougie Imrie does not miss any games as he battles a knock.
Simon Mensing remains out and club captain Alex Neil (hip) and James Gibson (knee) remain long-term casualties.
Sutton on the spot for Well
John Sutton's penalty was enough to keep Motherwell firmly in the hunt for a top-six place and intensify Hamilton's relegation fears.
Sutton netted the only goal of the game in the 36th minute after Martin Canning had held the striker as the home side capitalised on a dominant first-half display.
Jim McAlister missed a free header for Hamilton just after the break but Motherwell finished the match on top to leave Hamilton five points adrift at the foot of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Hamilton have not won in the SPL since triumphing at Fir Park in October and lacked a cutting edge with winger Dougie Imrie failing to shake off a knock.
Flavio Paixao came in along with midfielders James Chambers and Mark Carrington as Accies lined up with a 3-4-3 formation, although Gavin Skelton's role was almost exclusively to mark Jamie Murphy, who again played just off the front two of Sutton and Francis Jeffers.
Motherwell had not scored in the previous three Lanarkshire derbies and the visitors enjoyed the better of the scrappy early exchanges.
Paixao tried to catch Darren Randolph off his line from just inside the Motherwell half but the goalkeeper saved comfortably, and Jon Routledge soon looped a header just over Randolph's bar following a McAlister cross.
The hosts came close in the 12th minute when Sutton was inches away from making contact with Gavin Gunning's low centre across the six-yard box following a skilful run from the left-back.
Motherwell gradually pushed Accies back, enjoying long spells of possession, and began to create chances just before the half-hour mark.
Gunning headed Tom Hateley's corner just wide and Jeffers lost David Elebert in the box to head Ross Forbes' free-kick, but Tomas Cerny got down well to make a one-handed stop.
Motherwell took the lead thanks to a needless penalty-box foul by Canning.
The defender, who conceded a penalty on Hamilton's last visit to Fir Park, pulled Sutton just inside the area as the pair went for Keith Lasley's cross.
Sutton had his back to goal and little support but he gratefully accepted the gift by sending Cerny the wrong way.
Motherwell continued to press and Cerny made two more fine saves from Murphy's powerful low drive and a 20-yard free-kick from Forbes.
McAlister should have equalised 90 seconds after the restart when he escaped Stephen Craigan to meet Routledge's cross but headed well over from six yards.
Hamilton brought on all three substitutes before the 61st minute, with Gary McDonald, Ali Crawford and Nigel Hasselbaink on for Chambers, Carrington and Paixao.
The second half was proving a scrappier affair with the deteriorating pitch not helping the flow of the game.
Motherwell remained comfortable but Hasselbaink had a half-chance following some persistent play from Crawford, looping a shot over from 20 yards.
Chris Humphrey and Stevie Hammell came on for the hosts and the former was soon heavily involved, failing to lob Cerny from outside the box before setting up Sutton to head straight at the goalkeeper.
Crawford created another half-chance with 15 minutes left when his free-kick found Mark McLaughlin but the defender stabbed wide from eight yards.
But Accies failed to put Motherwell under pressure after that as Humphrey proved a good outlet for the hosts.
The winger helped set up two chances which Murphy could not convert before turning inside Skelton and firing over after a clever pass from the impressive Shaun Hutchinson.
Sutton curled just over after Hammell led another breakaway as Motherwell wrapped up the points.
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