“This is the kind of game that could get football stopped,” I tweeted midway through this Friday night game in Hamilton.
It was poor fare, though I’m the first to admit that my judgement may be clouded by own club bias and the crushing disappointment of a third successive Livingston failure to score against a Hamilton Accies side that’s far from outstanding.
To be fair to them, Accies have been the surprise package of the Scottish Championship this season, involved as they are in a three horse race for the title with Dundee and Falkirk.
But there’s no real getting away from the fact they’re average really, even with talented ex-Livi midfielder Tony Andreu in midfield and former World Cup star Jason Scotland up front.
Scotland scored the opening goal for Accies, and although they subsequently scored a second late on and hit the woodwork, this was a game of relatively little goalmouth action.
Keaghan Jacobs had a good chance to score for us at 0-0 but we produced virtually nothing thereafter. Young striker Danny Mullen worked hard, as he always does, but our midfield quartet didn’t produce enough service for him and Marc McNulty who appeared as a second half sub.
It was depressing stuff to be honest. We’re missing a couple of key men up front but the gaping chasm caused by Stefan Scougall’s transfer to Sheffield United is the biggest issue. With his departure to Yorkshire, has gone most of our creativity and what’s left isn’t pretty.
We secured a good win against Alloa, a game defined by a moment of genius by Martin Scott, but I’m beginning to think it papered over the cracks momentarily.
John McGlynn has some new players at his disposal but rather than augment what we had, their arrival has co-incided with our style of play regressing into the long ball game that McGlynn has become infamous for.
Hoofball looks like being the way forward as we chase fourth place and the end of season play-offs and and it’s such a shame that a pragmatic approach has replaced the passing game that had become the norm at Livingston over the last couple of seasons.
Watching it on a Friday night didn’t help either. After a day’s work and an enjoyable but tiring two hour driving lesson, I wasn’t as up for this game as I would be for a ‘traditional’ Saturday afternoon game.
I’m still to be convinced on the Friday night football concept and with 1063 officially in attendance at New Douglas Park for this game, it would appear that I’m not the only one – readers views are welcome!
If there was a silver living to this horrible dark cloud of a football match though, it was that I would be able to go and see a Saturday game elsewhere and get it out of my system.
Onwards and upwards as they say…
Hamilton Accies: Cuthbert, Gordon, Canning, Gillespie, Keatings (Antoine Curier 72), Crawford, Longridge (Hendrie 56), MacKinnon, Andreu (Routledge 77), Garcia Tena, Scotland. Not used: Devlin, Docherty, Ryan, Currie
Livingston: Jamieson, Mampuya (McNulty HT), Talbot, Fordyce, Scott (Habai 63), Ke Jacobs (Denholm 80), O’Brien, Sives, Ky Jacobs, Mevlja, Mullen. Not used: Wilkie, Praprotnik, Rutherford, Walker
Ref: Craig Charleston
Scoring: 1-0 Scotland, 2-0 Antoine-Curier
Attendance: 1063 (official)
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