Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton Academical 4-0 Ross County

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at New Douglas Park

Hamilton Academical made it four league wins from five and consolidated second place in the Premiership by sweeping aside manager-less Ross County.

Martin Canning rose to head in Danny Redmond's corner before Mickael Antoine-Curier converted from the spot.

The Guadeloupe international scored another penalty after Uros Celcer was sent-off for fouling Dougie Imrie.

Michael McGovern saved Richie Brittain's penalty for County and Jason Scotland fired Hamilton's fourth.

The Highlanders remain winless and pointless in the Premiership and are now in search of a new boss following Derek Adams' sacking on Thursday.

When Patrick Kluivert was assisting the then Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, few would think he would have Dingwall near the top of his list of possible future destinations.

But news of the 1995 Champions League winner's application for the vacant Ross County managerial role excited the 100 or so hardy Staggies who made the 360-mile round trip from the Highlands to Hamilton.

They hoped that under the guidance of coach Steve Ferguson, in the meantime, their side would show something that could register a first Premiership point of the season.

Martin Canning celebrates after scoring for Hamilton Academical against Ross County
Canning netted against his former club

But Alex Neil's Accies had the upper hand in the opening exchanges - perhaps inspired by chairman Les Gray's ice bucket challenge on the New Douglas Park pitch pre-match.

The hosts' right-back Ziggy Gordon played a nice one-two with Imrie and fired in a low shot which skimmed past Mark Brown's post.

Imrie himself had a close-range effort well saved by the County goalkeeper less than 60 seconds later.

Darian MacKinnon's through-ball was just a touch too heavy for Englishman Redmond as Accies looked fairly comfortable without making their superiority count.

However, Accies' captain Canning ensured that changed two minutes into the second half.

The big centre-back, who spent seven years at a County earlier in his career, rose to head home Redmond's corner high into the net.

One became two when Antoine-Curier stroked a penalty low into the bottom right corner.

It came about from Rocco Quinn's foul on Frenchman Tony Andreu at the corner of the box.

Referee Willie Collum shows a red card to Uros Celcer
Celcer saw red in County's fifth straight defeat

And Accies had another spot-kick less than 10 minutes later when County's Slovenian defender Celcer pulled down Imrie in a last man challenge which resulted in a red card from referee Willie Collum.

Antoine-Curier did the business again, opting to put it in the same place as his previous strike.

Then the visitors were awarded a penalty of their own when Gordon's innocuous tackle on Liam Boyce had referee Collum pointing to the spot again.

Captain Brittain, charged with overseeing County with Ferguson following the departure of Adams, stepped up but ex-Staggies goalkeeper McGovern dived right to save.

Redmond, Andreu and substitute Louis Longridge all had shots saved by Brown, which prevented Accies' lead growing.

But it did eventually get notched up when substitute Scotland was on hand to turn in from a Longridge pass.

Line-ups

Hamilton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1McGovern
  • 2GordonBooked at 67mins
  • 5Canning
  • 24TenaSubstituted forDevlinat 64'minutes
  • 6Gillespie
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 74mins
  • 22Andreu
  • 11Crawford
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forLongridgeat 75'minutes
  • 99Antoine-CurierBooked at 59minsSubstituted forScotlandat 82'minutes
  • 28Redmond

Substitutes

  • 3Hendrie
  • 4Devlin
  • 9Scotland
  • 10Neil
  • 17Longridge
  • 19Currie
  • 32Ryan

Ross County

Formation 4-5-1

  • 21Brown
  • 20Balk
  • 5Boyd
  • 18Frempah
  • 3CelcerBooked at 62mins
  • 7CardleSubstituted forJervisat 69'minutes
  • 4Quinn
  • 8Brittain
  • 10KissBooked at 72mins
  • 11de LeeuwBooked at 60minsSubstituted forDingwallat 80'minutes
  • 16BoyceSubstituted forArquinat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 9Jervis
  • 14Maatsen
  • 15Arquin
  • 17Ross
  • 28Miller
  • 30Dingwall
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
2,684

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home17
Away3
Shots on Target
Home11
Away3
Corners
Home17
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 4, Ross County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 4, Ross County 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Hamilton Academical 4, Ross County 0. Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Louis Longridge.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

  5. Post update

    Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ben Frempah.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Mark Brown.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Jason Scotland replaces Mickael Antoine-Curier.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

  13. Post update

    Rocco Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Tony Dingwall replaces Melvin De Leeuw.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Filip Kiss.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Rocco Quinn.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Dougie Imrie.

  20. Booking

    Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.