Scottish Premiership
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Ross County 0-1 Hamilton Academical

  • Martin Canning scores Hamilton winner
  • Accies move up to third place
  • Ross County remain second bottom

Hamilton Accies moved up to third in the Scottish Premiership to end a run of five successive away defeats by defeating Ross County in Dingwall.

A blistering start was rewarded when Martin Canning leaped to meet Ali Crawford's corner and head home.

County retain eleventh spot after St Mirren's loss but will rue late missed from Martin Woods and Paul Quinn.

But Alex Neil's side held out for back-to-back wins that arrested a dip in form recently.

County manager Jim McIntyre had emphasised the need for his side to keep a clean sheet, but that idea was blown apart after six minutes.

Crawford stole in on the left to win a corner and it was his delivery that gave Canning the chance to rise and beautifully angle a header into the corner against his former side.

Two minutes later, Crawford found space and unleashed a drive that was narrowly deflected wide.

Hamilton continued to press and a second looked likely when Mickael Antoine-Curier broke into the box on the right-hand side.

Martin Canning celebrates scoring Hamilton's winner
Martin Canning celebrates scoring Hamilton's winner in Dingwall

His beautifully weighted ball across the face of goal was inches away from being buried by Stephen Hendrie.

County came close to getting back on level terms when Michael Gardyne was upended by Canning.

Woods sent a wonderful curling effort from 25 yards only to be denied by an even more impressive save by Michael McGovern, who tipped the ball on to the post.

The County midfielder should have done better when Cardle galloped towards the bye-line.

His delivery found Woods in space in front of goal, but he snatched at it and winced as his effort flew well over.

Straight from kick off in the second half, Anthony Andreu had a great sight of goal only to have his shot blocked.

County grew into the game in terms of possession and had the chances to snatch a point.

Joe Cardle blazed high over the bar when the net beckoned and Quinn seemed certain to score right at the death, only for his composure to desert him as he fired off target.

It was another frustrating 90 minutes for County, but Hamilton demonstrated their resilience and status as a team to be reckoned with in the Premiership.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Reguero
  • 8Brittain
  • 6Saunders
  • 43Quinn
  • 12Reckord
  • 40GardyneSubstituted forJervisat 55'minutes
  • 26Woods
  • 36IrvineSubstituted forMaatsenat 79'minutes
  • 7Cardle
  • 30DingwallSubstituted forCareyat 64'minutes
  • 15Arquin

Substitutes

  • 9Jervis
  • 10Kiss
  • 14Maatsen
  • 21Brown
  • 23Carey
  • 25Toshney
  • 31Dunfield

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 6Gillespie
  • 5CanningBooked at 14mins
  • 4Devlin
  • 3Hendrie
  • 7Imrie
  • 10NeilSubstituted forLongridgeat 74'minutes
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 11Crawford
  • 22AndreuSubstituted forLyonat 90'minutes
  • 99Antoine-CurierSubstituted forScotlandat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Scotland
  • 12Lyon
  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 19Currie
  • 20Brophy
  • 28Redmond
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
2,966

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 0, Hamilton Academical 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 0, Hamilton Academical 1.

Attempt missed. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Darren Lyon replaces Tony Andreu.

Hand ball by Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Darren Maatsen (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Jamie Reckord (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

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

Attempt missed. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Darren Maatsen (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Darren Maatsen replaces Jackson Irvine.

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

Foul by Jake Jervis (Ross County).

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Hand ball by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Alex Neil.

Attempt missed. Joe Cardle (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Stephen Hendrie.

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt saved. Joe Cardle (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Graham Carey replaces Tony Dingwall.

Joe Cardle (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Joe Cardle (Ross County).

Alex Neil (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Reckord (Ross County).

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

Attempt missed. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Jamie Reckord (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).

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

Foul by Joe Cardle (Ross County).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Jake Jervis replaces Michael Gardyne.

Attempt saved. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Stephen Hendrie.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic16122233102338
2Aberdeen1711152617934
3Hamilton17103430181233
4Inverness CT1710252418632
5Dundee Utd1610152819931
6St Johnstone178271517-226
7Dundee175662222021
8Kilmarnock176381722-521
9Partick Thistle175572320320
10Motherwell1742111227-1514
11Ross County1723121737-209
12St Mirren1722131131-208
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