Hamilton and Partick Thistle rue dropped points

TONY Andreu salvaged a point for Hamilton with a dramatic late equaliser but he insists they should have been celebrating a win against Partick instead.
Hamilton's Tony Andreu scores his side's late equaliser. Picture: SNSHamilton's Tony Andreu scores his side's late equaliser. Picture: SNS
Hamilton's Tony Andreu scores his side's late equaliser. Picture: SNS

Accies had stormed into a two-goal lead at New Douglas Park thanks to two goals in the space of two minutes by Darian MacKinnon and Danny Redmond.

But Thistle produced a superb comeback to seize the advantage after Jordan McMillan, James Craigen and Christie Elliott all found the back of the net.

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It was Andreu who had the final say with a 25-yard strike four minutes into injury time, leaving Partick devastated by the outcome.

Hamilton's Tony Andreu scores his side's late equaliser. Picture: SNSHamilton's Tony Andreu scores his side's late equaliser. Picture: SNS
Hamilton's Tony Andreu scores his side's late equaliser. Picture: SNS

But the Frenchman was far from satisfied with the result, claiming Hamilton only had themselves to blame for throwing away the three points.

He said: “My goal was a good goal but we should never have been in that position and we can’t be happy with our performance.

“When you are two goals up you can’t afford to lose three goals and we were fortunate to come back at the end. Three mistakes gave Thistle their goals and when we scored our two goals we stopped playing.

“We dropped back and allowed Partick to control the ball and that was a mistake. But we are used to coming back in games and we did that again.”

The result lifted Dundee United above Hamilton to the summit of the Scottish Premiership. Andreu added: “People can say we have had our chance at the top but we know what we can achieve in our dressing room.

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“We can do better and we have shown that in ten games this season. You always need to keep looking upwards and that’s what we will do.”

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Elliott thought he had snatched the winner for Partick, admitting: “It just feels like a defeat.

“To come back from 2-0 down to draw 3-3, everyone’s just gutted in the changing room. Going 3-2 up then losing a goal in the last second was devastating.

“I thought we had done enough as I couldn’t see them scoring but in football you always get a chance near the end. ”

Elliott was booked for whipping off his jersey to reveal a vest bearing the number nine during his goal celebration and revealed the act was a tribute to his late friend.

He said: “I had been wanting to do that celebration for a while. It was for my best friend Aaron Todd who passed away when I was younger. It was also his dream to become a professional footballer so I wanted to show that I’m proud of him as well.”

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