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Hamilton Academical 1-1 Ross County

Craig Curran celebrates his equaliser for County
Curran celebrates his equaliser for County

Ten-man Hamilton surrendered an early lead at home to Ross County but held on for a point which nudges them out of the relegation play-off place.

Massimo Donati shot Accies in front, while a strike from Alex D'Acol was well saved by County's Scott Fox.

The home side had Giannis Skondras dismissed on half time for a foul on the counter-attacking Ryan Dow.

Michael Gardyne, Dow and Martin Woods went close for the visitors before Craig Curran bundled in the leveller.

The point is enough to lift Hamilton above local rivals Motherwell into 10th spot on goal difference, while County remain eighth.

Class is permanent

Donati came back into Hamilton's starting eleven as a replacement for the suspended Darian MacKinnon, and it only took three minutes for the Italian to once again show his worth to Accies.

The 36-year-old is well known for his two-year spell at Celtic but his pedigree is backed up further by looking at the list of teams he's played for in his homeland - AC Milan, Parma, Torino and Sampdoria all feature.

That schooling was evident in the way he turned the relatively harmless lay-off from Skondras into a guided, curling shot that found its destination in the top left corner from 20 yards.

Accies had already had an D'Acol poked effort cleared off the line and the same player then drew a fine save from Scott with a thumping shot from the edge of the penalty area.

The hosts were not flawless though and there were a couple of occasions in the first half when Jim McIntyre's men felt they should have levelled. Tim Chow lifted over from close-range and Gardyne watched his rifled shot go narrowly wide of the post.

Red card turning point

Seconds before the interval the visitors were handed a boost when Skondras received a straight red card from referee Steven McLean for a lunging foul on Dow, who was charging at pace into the opposition half.

While it looked a clear free-kick, most inside New Douglas Park were expecting a yellow card at most flashed in the direction of the Greek, so when the red was shown there was uproar from the home fans.

It is the second match in the space of four days that Accies have had a man dismissed. MacKinnon walked on Wednesday for making a gesture to fans that boss Martin Canning could have no argument about, but he looked very aggrieved at this decision.

Giannis Skondras was sent off on 45 minutes
kondras was sent off on 45 minutes

Dow had already cracked the crossbar with a wonderful effort before Accies' attacking threat of Ali Crawford and Rakish Bingham were sacrificed for the more defensive Blair Adams and Alex Gogic.

The latter had hardly been on the pitch when County's corner was not cleared and Curran dispatched his seventh goal of the season in at the near post from eight yards. It wasn't pretty but it was very important for the visitors.

Home comfort for Hamilton

Despite the numerical advantage, Ross County failed to fashion a way to take all three points - Woods' free-kick coming closest but Remi Matthews stuck out an impressive hand to push that effort over.

Accies might even have snatched it if Gogic had been more composed at the end of a stoppage-time counter-attack. The Cypriot received the ball from Dougie Imrie but fired over when well placed just inside the box.

Hamilton holding on backs up once more how reliable their home form has been recently. Accies have not lost at New Douglas Park since Christmas Eve and seven games at home have come and gone since then.

They will wonder, though, what might have been if they had kept all 11 players on the field.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Matthews
  • 3SkondrasBooked at 45mins
  • 89Sarris
  • 4DevlinBooked at 57mins
  • 23McMannBooked at 37mins
  • 21Donati
  • 7Imrie
  • 8Docherty
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forGogicat 58'minutes
  • 15BinghamBooked at 15minsSubstituted forAdamsat 45'minutes
  • 9D'AcolSubstituted forBrophyat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Redmond
  • 14Gogic
  • 16Watson
  • 20Brophy
  • 30Boyd
  • 34Woods
  • 39Adams

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 3Naismith
  • 2Fraser
  • 15Davies
  • 28van der Weg
  • 7Gardyne
  • 12ChowSubstituted forRoutisat 76'minutes
  • 8Woods
  • 9DowSubstituted forLalkovicat 79'minutes
  • 10Boyce
  • 11CurranSubstituted forSchalkat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Routis
  • 19Gobern
  • 23Schalk
  • 27Lalkovic
  • 31McCarey
  • 52Tumility
  • 63Dykes
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
1,548

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Ross County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Ross County 1.

Attempt missed. Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Kenny van der Weg.

Attempt saved. Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt blocked. Liam Boyce (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Milan Lalkovic replaces Ryan Dow.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Alejandro D'Acol.

Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Christopher Routis replaces Tim Chow.

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical).

Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kenny van der Weg (Ross County).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Massimo Donati.

Remi Matthews (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Dow (Ross County).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Greg Docherty.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Alex Schalk replaces Craig Curran.

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

Foul by Ryan Dow (Ross County).

Foul by Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical).

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Ross County 1. Craig Curran (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Davies (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Remi Matthews.

Attempt saved. Martin Woods (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Alexander Gogic replaces Ali Crawford.

Booking

Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt blocked. Martin Woods (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ryan Dow (Ross County) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt blocked. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic32293085206590
2Aberdeen31204761243764
3Rangers31141074334952
4St Johnstone32147114338549
5Hearts32128125143844
6Partick Thistle321011113536-141
7Kilmarnock32713123049-1934
8Ross County32711143552-1732
9Dundee3286183351-1830
10Hamilton32514132848-2029
11Motherwell3278173459-2529
12Inverness CT32413153458-2425
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