20 Aug Accies best on show
Hamilton manager Martin Canning hailed his side’s shock 3-1 Ladbrokes Premiership victory over Hibernian as one of the most impressive displays of his tenure.
Accies turned in a stunning display against their in-form hosts, particularly in the second half when they cut through the Hibs defence at will.
A Rakish Bingham double and a Louis Longridge strike secured the win, rendering Anthony Stokes’ late goal nothing more than a consolation, while Hibees goalkeeper Ofir Marciano was called into action with regularity.
Longridge also struck the bar for the visitors and Canning, who took the reins at Hamilton in January 2015, was understandably effusive in his praise.
“It was probably one of our most complete performances since I’ve taken over,” he said.
“The first half was good and I said to the boys at half-time that, with a bit more belief, we could win the game.
“In the second half we were excellent. The third goal in particular was a great team goal. I’m really pleased with the work rate and togetherness from everybody.
“Rakish [Bingham] is working so hard and I’m so happy with the effort he puts in. He’s been getting opportunities and not taking them, so it’s great he got his two goals. It’s a reward for him.”
The result brought Hibs crashing back to earth following the high of their 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox last Saturday, with manager Neil Lennon pulling no punches in his assessment of a meek showing.
However, the Northern Irishman did not shy away from taking his own share of the blame and candidly admitted he had taken his eye off the ball this week, failing to push his players in his usual manner.
“There was no crispness, no final ball of genuine quality and it’s something I need to look at,” said Lennon.
“I’ll take responsibility. I’ve sort of not been myself in terms of staying on the backs of the players over the week and that won’t happen again.
“I thought there was a flatness about us. There was no zip and the better team won. That has to be a real harsh lesson for the players.
“There wasn’t one player I could say came out with any credit apart from my goalkeeper. The rest let the game pass them by and that is a worry.”