Scottish Premiership
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Inverness CT 2-1 Hamilton Academical

Brad McKay scores
Brad McKay got Inverness CT's early opener

Premiership bottom side Inverness Caledonian Thistle moved to within four points of opponents Hamilton Academical with three games to play.

Brad McKay crouched to volley in Greg Tansey's deep free-kick early in the match.

And Tansey converted a penalty after Massimo Donati had fouled Ross Draper.

Accies were upset Ali Crawford was not awarded a second-half spot-kick for a challenge by goalkeeper Ryan Esson but netted late on through Danny Redmond.

The gap between Caley Thistle and Motherwell also stands at four points, with Well behind Hamilton on goal difference after losing to Ross County.

Unlikely escape?

The first-half performance was exactly what Inverness manager Richie Foran has been searching for and came with their backs planted firmly against the wall.

They were terrific. Adversity sometimes brings out the best in people, although nerves did seem to take effect after half-time.

Foran has said for some time his side just needed one win to get going. They have it and look capable of more as the pressure turns, at least temporarily, to sides above.

Dominant Inverness

Tansey, who has agreed a pre-contract to join Aberdeen, was at the heart of the Saturday lunchtime victory. It was his delivery that found McKay ghosting in and the defender's finish was perfect.

Another Tansey delivery was rewarded when Donati wrestled Draper to the ground. Tansey took the responsibility and delivered under pressure.

Inverness CT celebrate
Midfielder Tansey will join Aberdeen this summer

In truth, Inverness could have been out of sight by the break.

Billy Mckay should have done better from close range twice and Alex Fisher somehow screwed a header wide from a few yards after Remi Matthews had parried Tansey's drive.

And, in the second period, Scott Boden could have sealed the win when clean through but dinked over.

Hamilton hurt

Martin Canning's side improved significantly after the break as Crawford and Redmond were sent on in place of Donati and Rakish Bingham.

And Crawford thought he had earned a lifeline. As Gary Warren tried to shepherd the ball out, Esson came flying out and inexplicably took the substitute down.

Referee Andrew Dallas did not point to the spot, leaving Hamilton players in disbelief. It was a huge escape for the home side.

Danny Redmond scores
Redmond (number 10) halved Hamilton's deficit

Having offered little earlier in the match, other than a great chance for Darian MacKinnon which he prodded wide, the second-half response was firm.

Dougie Imrie, Crawford and Greg Docherty all came close but ultimately they did not threaten enough and gave themselves too much to do after leaving themselves repeatedly exposed in defence.

Redmond's late finish was little consolation, although the goal may yet have an important part to play in the final make-up of goal difference with so few points separating the sides.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 1Esson
  • 22McKaySubstituted forMcNaughtonat 90+1'minutes
  • 5Warren
  • 21Laing
  • 2Raven
  • 8DraperBooked at 40mins
  • 16TanseyBooked at 54mins
  • 23Anier
  • 13MckayBooked at 51mins
  • 15MulraneySubstituted forKingat 90+2'minutes
  • 18FisherSubstituted forBodenat 68'minutesBooked at 74mins

Substitutes

  • 4McNaughton
  • 12McCart
  • 17Horner
  • 19Boden
  • 20King
  • 29Cole
  • 42Hoban

Hamilton

  • 1Matthews
  • 3Skondras
  • 89Sarris
  • 4Devlin
  • 23McMann
  • 21DonatiBooked at 35minsSubstituted forCrawfordat 45'minutes
  • 7Imrie
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 8DochertySubstituted forBrophyat 82'minutes
  • 15BinghamSubstituted forRedmondat 45'minutes
  • 9D'Acol

Substitutes

  • 6Gillespie
  • 10Redmond
  • 11Crawford
  • 20Brophy
  • 34Woods
  • 37Templeton
  • 39Adams
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
2,478

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Hamilton Academical 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, Hamilton Academical 1.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2, Hamilton Academical 1. Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dougie Imrie.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Billy King replaces Jake Mulraney.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Kevin McNaughton replaces Brad McKay.

Attempt saved. Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Henri Anier (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Greg Docherty.

Attempt missed. Scott Boden (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Hand ball by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

Booking

Scott Boden (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Boden (Inverness CT).

Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Henri Anier (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT).

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Alejandro D'Acol.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Scott McMann.

Scott Boden (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Scott Boden replaces Alex Fisher.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Brad McKay.

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

Billy McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Delay in match Billy McKay (Inverness CT) because of an injury.

Billy McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35314096247297
2Aberdeen34214963303367
3Rangers341610849391058
4St Johnstone35157134744352
5Hearts341210125345846
6Partick Thistle341012123740-342
7Ross County35912144254-1239
8Kilmarnock35814133250-1838
9Dundee35106193755-1836
10Hamilton35614153152-2132
11Motherwell3588194065-2532
12Inverness CT35513173867-2928
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