Match ends, Ross County 0, Hamilton Academical 1.
- 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.
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.
- 40GardyneSubstituted forJervisat 55'minutes
- 36IrvineSubstituted forMaatsenat 79'minutes
- 30DingwallSubstituted forCareyat 64'minutes
- 5CanningBooked at 14mins
- 10NeilSubstituted forLongridgeat 74'minutes
- 22AndreuSubstituted forLyonat 90'minutes
- 99Antoine-CurierSubstituted forScotlandat 82'minutes
- John Beaton
- Shots on Target
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, 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, 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, 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, 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.