Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton Academical 1-1 Inverness CT

Liam Polworth scores
Liam Polworth (far right) got the visitors' late leveller

Hamilton Academical surrendered a lead for the second week running as Inverness Caledonian Thistle struck late at New Douglas Park.

Alexandre D'Acol got the opener - a rebound after keeper Owain Fon Williams had kept out Ali Crawford's header.

Crawford almost doubled Accies' lead, his chip tipped over by Fon Williams.

Robbie Thomson replaced injured keeper Remi Matthews and kept out a Ross Draper header but could not stop Liam Polworth's long-range leveller.

The away team in this fixture had won the five previous meetings and perhaps more pertinently, Caley Thistle had not lost at New Douglas Park since January 2009, winning on all six of their most recent visits to Hamilton.

Although they could not preserve that record, they will be delighted to emerge from this match with a point, having looked second best for much of the game.

Faith in youth paying off

Accies' renowned youth academy is a gift that keeps on giving it seems and in Greg Docherty they appear to have cultivated another star-in-the-making.

Cut from a similar cloth to James McCarthy and James McArthur, Docherty is a tidy, energetic box-to-box midfielder, with an eye for a pass.

Alexandre D'Acol celebrates
D'Acol pounced to put Hamilton ahead

Called up for Scotland Under-21 duty this week, Docherty showed why as he and fellow academy graduate Crawford dominated the midfield, with Crawford getting beyond D'Acol to glance a header at Fon Williams before the striker's emphatic finish.

Pleasingly for player-manager Martin Canning, Scott McMann - another youth product - made his first Premiership start, filling the left-back slot that has been a problem for Accies this season.

Lack of craft from Caley Thistle

Caley Thistle appeared to have turned a corner recently, with a fine run of four games undefeated following three losses in their opening three matches.

And they began the match well as Brad McKay had a header cleared off the line by Louis Longridge.

But they drifted out of the match, though Gary Warren did go close on two occasions.

It was not until the closing stages they really began to push Accies back and when the home side lost Matthews to injury, Draper pulled out a magnificent save from his replacement Thomson.

But Thomson could not get to Polworth's ferocious low drive deep into stoppage time, which extended Accies' winless run to four.

What the managers said

Hamilton player-manager Martin Canning: "For the seventh out of the eight games, I think, we've gone ahead - we've only managed to see it out once and win one game.

"It's not enough, we know that, we need to do better, to see games out. I thought again we did enough to win the game. But obviously we got hit again in injury time, which was disappointing.

"We didn't lose the goal because tactically we were unaware or were undone. Sometimes all you can say is maybe Lady Luck isn't on our side at the minute."

Inverness CT manager Richie Foran: "I thought we had the better chances, their keeper pulled off one or two decent saves, we had one cleared off the line so on chances alone I think we deserved a point. On overall play, I thought they were the better team.

"We've scored a couple of late goals now so I always thought one was going to drop for us. It's a great finish by Liam Polworth.

"The spirit was great. I'm delighted with the lads."

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1MatthewsSubstituted forThomsonat 82'minutes
  • 23McMann
  • 2Seaborne
  • 89Sarris
  • 6Gillespie
  • 7ImrieBooked at 86mins
  • 8Docherty
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 81mins
  • 17LongridgeSubstituted forWantat 85'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 9D'AcolSubstituted forBinghamat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Redmond
  • 14Roy
  • 15Bingham
  • 27Want
  • 31Tierney
  • 33Hughes
  • 35Thomson

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 22McKay
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 3Tremarco
  • 7Polworth
  • 8Draper
  • 16TanseySubstituted forBodenat 50'minutes
  • 11VigursSubstituted forColeat 75'minutes
  • 20KingSubstituted forMulraneyat 59'minutes
  • 26DoumbouyaBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 15Mulraney
  • 17Horner
  • 18Fisher
  • 19Boden
  • 29Cole
  • 31Mackay
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
1,611

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Inverness CT 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Inverness CT 1.

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Lonsana Doumbouya (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Inverness CT 1. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Danny Seaborne (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Boden (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical).

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Shaun Want replaces Louis Longridge.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Attempt blocked. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Robbie Thomson.

Attempt saved. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Robbie Thomson replaces Remi Matthews because of an injury.

Booking

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

(Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lonsana Doumbouya (Inverness CT).

Delay in match Remi Matthews (Hamilton Academical) because of an injury.

Foul by Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical).

Larnell Cole (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Larnell Cole replaces Iain Vigurs.

Attempt missed. Brad McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Scott Boden (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Rakish Bingham replaces Alejandro D'Acol.

Booking

Lonsana Doumbouya (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic76102481619
2Aberdeen8431138515
3Hearts8422147714
4St Johnstone8422118314
5Rangers83321011-112
6Motherwell82331112-19
7Ross County823379-29
8Inverness CT82331216-49
9Hamilton8143913-47
10Dundee8134812-46
11Kilmarnock8134819-116
12Partick Thistle7124711-45
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