Inverness CT 0-2 Hamilton: Huge if Accies stay up - Martin Canning

Lucas Tagliapietra celebrates with the Hamilton fans at full time
Lucas Tagliapietra celebrates with the Hamilton fans at full-time

Hamilton Academical player-manager Martin Canning insisted his side are still fighting to stay in the Premiership despite two straight wins.

Accies defeated last season's Scottish Cup winners Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-0, with Carlton Morris and Louis Longridge getting the goals.

Canning's side go up to fourth, behind Hearts, Celtic and Aberdeen.

"When you look at the size of the club it's expected that we would be one of the favourites to go down," he said.

"The start is so important to how your season is going to go. The last couple of weeks have been great and we must try and build on it.

"If we can stay in this league it's a huge achievement for Hamilton Accies, and getting off to a good start will give us a good platform."

Hamilton held on comfortably with John Hughes' side unable to mount any sustained pressure to threaten an equaliser, leaving them without a win all season.

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Canning told BBC Scotland: "I thought the shape of the team was excellent, they worked their socks off. They knew what they were doing in terms of pressing the ball.

"We showed real professionalism in terms of being 1-0 up, we don't need to do anything crazy, and they were terrific."

Inverness manager John Hughes felt his side were unfortunate to lose the game, which leaves them joint bottom of the table alongside Kilmarnock.

He said: "You cannot give them an excuse and let them feel sorry for themselves. We're asking players to play out of position, saying that the 11 I put on the pitch I expect to go and win the football match.

"I felt we did enough, we could have been two or three goals up. That's where we're at this moment in time, nothing's falling for us.

"I felt for the first 30 minutes we were very good, but 30 minutes wasn't good enough, we've got to be at it for 90 minutes.

"I don't think there was much in the game but I'm really disappointed with the goals we conceded."

Hughes is determined to find a striker before the end of the transfer window but admitted the search is proving to be difficult.

"The board have given me a hand, the money is there to go and get one," he said. "It's finding one.

"We thought we had one coming in on Monday but we've been let down. Time's running out."

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