A 17th minute Ryan Tierney strike was the difference between the sides, and a little bit of revenge for Accies against the only side to take three points from them this season. The win keeps Hamilton in second place behind Celtic, with both teams now sitting on thirty four points.
St. Johnstone started on the front foot, using the wings with some effect to send crosses deep into the Accies penalty area, but without an end product. It wasn’t long before Hamilton took control and Tierney netted from a deflected free kick.
The second half was much like the first, with Accies dominating both in possession and with the chances. Hamilton weren’t able to make the most of this superiority however, squandering many a chance in front of goal.
Hamilton came alive from their slow start with a nice build up through the centre, the ball found its way to Louis Longridge who shot wide of goal. Longridge then dinked a nice ball over the top for Steven Boyd, who chipped keeper Zander Clark, but Brad McKay was able to race in and clear from the line.
Hamilton were in full flow and putting the Saints defence under quite some pressure. Eamonn Brophy was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, his resulting free kick struck the wall but Tierney was on hand to slip in from four yards, 1-0.
Moments later, Craig Thomson almost pulled one back for the Saints when he sent a shot fizzing across the wet surface and inches wide of the back post. Accies countered with a ball played wide for Boyd, he crossed to the back post for Longridge to volley wide.
St. Johnstone finished strongly, Neil Martiniuk sending a free kick deep for an unmarked Cameron Lumsden to blast over the cross bar from fifteen yards. Thomson then took control of a high ball and went on to make a good run forward, hold of challenges and shot from twenty yards, Martin saved well.