Rangers sunk in cup by hat-trick hero Miller

Berwick Rangers 0-4 Hamilton Accies

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 25 July, 2018, 08:35

Berwick slipped to their third defeat in the League Cup group stages when they were beaten 4-0 by SPL side Hamilton at Shielfield on Tuesday.

A hat-trick from Mikel Miller secured the Accies a comfortable victory which gave the visitors their first victory in the competition, leaving Rangers marooned at the bottom of the group.

Miller opened his account after only five minutes with a close range header after a cross to the back post was headed back to him by Dougie Imrie.

His second came after 29 minutes when he headed in from a Scott McMann cross on the left, and after having the ball in the net just before half-time, for an effort which was ruled out for offside, he completed his treble from the penalty spot after 64 minutes following a foul on him by Declan O’Kane.

Accies added a late fourth when an Imrie shot from 25 yards deflected viciously past Adams after 87 minutes.

Berwick were on the back foot for most of the match and their only real threat was a header by Jamie Todd from a corner directed straight at Ryan Fulton early in the second half.

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Hat-trick hero Mikel Miler said: “I’m delighted to get my first senior goals and my first hat-trick. It might have been four, but I am happy with the three and the match ball.

“Now I have started scoring I just want to keep scoring.”

After three successive defeats in the competition, Berwick manager Robbie Horn said: “I am concerned at the number of goals we are conceding, and the fact we are not finding the net ourselves. We are losing a lot of early goals which is putting us on the back foot in matches.

“We have faced some tough opposition over the past few weeks and it won’t get any easier against Livingston on Saturday.

“Hopefully we will have at least one, maybe two new faces in the squad for the weekend.”