FEW could have grudged Accies victory after a tireless and workmanlike display against a Morton side which looked completely listless and lacking imagination from start to finish, writes Alex Dowdalls at Cappielow.
With just six minutes gone, Hamilton threatened when Ali Crawford picked out Stevie May in space, but the striker sent a 20-yard dipping shot just over.
One minute later, at the other end, Archie Campbell failed to cash in on a blunder by defender Ziggy Gordon. He rounded goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert, but somehow, with an open goal gaping, fluffed his shot.
Accies, previously with four defeats in their last five games, didn’t show any signs of a lack of confidence and took the lead in 21 minutes when May produced a terrific finish from 18 yards. The striker switched quickly from his right foot on to his left and drilled a low shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the net past goalkeeper Derek Gaston.
Morton, defending an eight-game unbeaten run, had looked out of sorts for most of the first period, but for all that, they almost levelled on 31 minutes when Michael Tidser’s cross from the right was headed just wide by Peter Weatherson.
Accies might have scored a crucial second in 54 minutes when Crawford whipped in a free-kick from the right, but May’s flashing header was brilliantly turned over by Gaston.
Morton produced a late rally with chances falling to Tidser, Weatherson and David O’Brien, but Accies held on for a deserved win.