Hamilton 0-2 Inverness: John Hughes did not enjoy victory

Graeme Shinnie's shot was deflected into the net for the opening goal for Inverness.
Graeme Shinnie's shot was deflected into the net for the opening goal for Inverness.

Inverness manager John Hughes admitted he struggled to enjoy the 2-0 win away to Hamilton Academical at a packed New Douglas Park.

An own goal from Grant Gillespie and a late goal from Nick Ross moved the Highlanders to within a point of second place in the Scottish Premiership.

"I didn't enjoy the game," Hughes told BBC Scotland.

"There was a real apprehension before the game. We were getting a bit complacent and it showed in the first half.

"Second half we got back to what we're all about. Even if it wasn't a great performance it showed me the spirit and that's what got us the win.

"They [Hamilton] were the better team in the first half and played some nice football. In terms of us getting on the ball and making things happen that's the worst I've seen us for a long while.

"But, credit to them in terms of still keeping that clean sheet.

"We're punching well above our weight. Our main goal at the start of the season was to stay up. I'm serious.

"I'm just lucky I'm working with a bunch of boys that want to improve as footballers. We've got a happy, spirited team.

"It's all about getting results and if you're getting results your job is made easy."

Hamilton Accies charged just 10p to get in for the game, resulting in a crowd of 5,089.
Hamilton Accies charged just 10p to get in for the game, resulting in a crowd of 5,089.

Hamilton player-manager Martin Canning was disappointed his side's poor run of form continued, falling to their fourth defeat in a row.

The 33-year-old said: "It is disappointing and frustrating, but we are not getting any breaks and everything is going against us just now.

"I thought we played well in the first half and Inverness have not had any chances. But the first goal is crucial at this level and it was a bit freakish.

"Our keeper has made the save and then it hits our defender in the chest and goes in.

"Losing four games is new to me and the players, so we need to get out of this habit quickly and get back to our winning ways."

The game was watched by a crowd of 5,089 after the home club charged all supporters just 10p to get in as a tribute to former manager Alex Neil and assistant Frankie McAvoy.

Hamilton chairman Les Gray said: "We did that just to see what sort of response we would get from the community and the attendance almost doubled so it was a resounding success in terms of the numbers.

"Obviously, the result was disappointing. It was a fine margin."

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