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Highlights: Aberdeen 1-0 Hamilton Academical

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Sam Cosgrove scores his 19th goal of the season as Aberdeen beat Hamilton Academical at Pittodrie. (UK only)

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Relief for Aberdeen as Sam Cosgrove goal hands Dons narrow Hamilton Accies win

14 December 2019 - 04:51 PM

Sam Cosgrove’s 19th goal of the season bailed out Aberdeen in a tepid 1-0 win over Hamilton Accies.

Cosgrove volleyed in a cross from Niall McGinn, making his 300th club appearance, early in the second half to settle an otherwise dreary game.

The Aberdeen frontman now has 15 more goals than any other player in his side, underlining his importance once again at Pittodrie.

The Dons made three changes from the 3-0 defeat to Hibernian, with Andrew Considine, Jon Gallagher and Zak Vyner all left out. Funso Ojo was handed his first start since September after a hamstring injury, while Ryan Hedges and Niall McGinn came in.

It took six minutes for the home side to fashion the first opportunity of the game, Shay Logan playing a one-two with Lewis Ferguson before crossing for James Wilson, who had his shot blocked by Luke Southwood.

Sam Stubbs came to his side’s aide with a block to deny Ojo on 17 minutes, with the Belgian teeing off from the edge of the box.

Hamilton were offering little in attack and the onus was on Aberdeen to prise them open. McGinn tried, meandering in off the right before having his attempt blocked, with Southwood clinging on to Hedges’ rebound.

New Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack (right) and Atlanta United president Darren Eales watch on.

Their next chance on 35 minutes was arguably the best of the first period. McGinn peeled off in space and forced a save from Southwood, with the rebound falling to Wilson. He steered it over the goalkeeper with a tame connection, which allowed Sam Stubbs to retreat and clear.

Another save from the feet of the Accies goalkeeper kept the game goalless at half-time, with Southwood this time keeping Logan at bay.

Aberdeen finally broke the deadlock eight minutes into the second half. Wilson’s clever switch of play to McGinn gave the Northern Ireland international freedom to cross, as he was able to stand the ball up to the back post for Cosgrove to volley in.

Sam Cosgrove volleys in at the back post.

The hosts did not kick on put Hamilton to bed though, with only a burst by Gallagher, halted by a well-timed challenge by Jamie Hamilton to speak of.

Accies delivered balls into the box late on and the Dons were under more pressure than they ought to have been against a team struggling near the foot of the table.

However, the three points were ground out, ahead of an ominous trip to Parkhead next weekend.

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Aberdeen beat Hamilton 1-0 at Pittodrie to go third in Premiership

14 December 2019 - 04:51 PM

Aberdeen moved up to third in the Premiership, with Sam Cosgrove's goal sealing a 1-0 win over struggling Hamilton at chilly Pittodrie.

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Aberdeen v Hamilton Academical

14 December 2019 - 02:42 PM

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Scottish Premiership game between Aberdeen and Hamilton Academical.

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Aberdeen must respond to Hibs defeat by netting six points at home by New Year – McInnes

14 December 2019 - 09:10 AM

Derek McInnes is demanding six points from Aberdeen’s two home games before the new year – starting today against Hamilton Accies.

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