Motherwell defender Peter Hartley was despatched off after his aspect’s Three-1 residence defeat by Hamilton in a day to neglect for the on-loan Blackpool participant.
The centre-back was proven a straight pink card by Andrew Dallas for barging Dougie Imrie after the ultimate whistle, having earlier conceded a penalty and gifted a purpose.
The hosts had been main by means of Craig Tanner’s third-minute purpose when Hartley was penalised for handball to permit Imrie to degree from the spot 4 minutes earlier than half-time.
Hartley’s sliced clearance then allowed Rakish Bingham to attain and Greg Docherty sealed Hamilton’s first victory over their Lanarkshire rivals in eight matches.
Hartley was then concerned in a post-match melee as he bumped into Imrie because the Accies participant and Motherwell goalkeeper Trevor Carson squared up. He left the sector earlier than any motion was taken however later acquired a pink card which can rule him out of the William Hill Scottish Cup assembly between the groups in three weeks’ time.
It was an ninth recreation with out victory for Motherwell, who are actually one level forward of Accies in eighth place within the Ladbrokes Premiership.
There was an emotional precursor to the derby when Louis Moult stated his farewells on the pitch earlier than there was a minute of applause for Phil O’Donnell a day after the 10th anniversary of his demise in Motherwell colors.
Stephen Robinson had warned his strikers to step up forward of Moult’s transfer to Preston and the Nicely boss handed George Newell his first begin. He obtained the right response early on. Ryan Bowman had already pressured a double save from Gary Woods earlier than crossing for Tanner to steer the ball excessive into the online on the close to submit.
Tanner hit the aspect web after an identical transfer as Motherwell dominated early on however Hamilton got here again into it and each David Templeton and Massimo Donati threatened.
The hosts obtained on prime once more and Gael Bigirimana had a penalty declare rejected when his highly effective strike was blocked, earlier than Accies had been awarded a penalty from an identical incident when the ball struck the highest of Hartley’s arm as he threw his physique in the way in which of Ali Crawford’s volley. Imrie stroked the ball simply contained in the submit.
The house aspect misplaced Allan Campbell to a useless leg earlier than the break and Hartley suffered extra agony eight minutes after the restart when his sliced clearance fell invitingly for Bingham. The striker had a protracted approach to run however no person might catch him and he slid the ball beneath Carson.
Robinson introduced on Alex Fisher and moved three up entrance however Woods punched clear from Bigirimana and Hartley should have recognized it was not his day when Dallas ignored his penalty declare when he went to floor following a tangle with Xavier Tomas.
Accies went additional forward with 13 minutes left when Docherty sprinted outdoors two gamers and fired into the far nook.
There was no means again for Motherwell and the one time the house followers obtained off their seats within the closing levels was when Imrie smashed a clearance into their midst for the second season operating after being the topic of abuse all through the sport.
The drama continued after the ultimate whistle as Imrie had an alternate with the house assist earlier than the flashpoint with Carson and Hartley.