Martin Canning praises a second successive Hamilton comeback

By John BarnesBBC Scotland at Firhill
Dougie Imrie
Dougie Imrie rounded the goalkeeper to equalise for Hamilton Accies

Hamilton manager Martin Canning praised his side for coming from behind with 10 men for the second successive week.

Dougie Imrie claimed his fourth goal of the season to earn a point against Partick Thistle after Lucas Tagliapietra had been sent off.

"They were excellent again," Canning told BBC Scotland.

"I thought first half we were probably the better side and then in the second half going down to 10 men the boys were different class."

Thistle, seeking a third straight win, took the lead through Mathias Pogba.

However, Imrie pounced on a lax home defence to level 12 minutes from time after Tagliapietra was dismissed for pulling back David Amoo.

"Deservedly again Dougie pops up with a goal, which is crucial for us," said Canning.

"I think in the circumstances in the last two weeks having gone down to 10 men and taken two points I'm pleased.

"Overall on the balance of play we could maybe have won the game - it's frustrating but I'm immensely proud of the effort the boys put in again."

Canning, though, says he will reserve judgement on referee Euan Anderson's decision to send off Tagliapietra in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

He said: "On first viewing I thought it was harsh. I probably overreacted to it, but I'll watch it back and then be better placed to comment on it."

The Accies player-manager, who brought himself on as a substitute with his side trailing in the second half, was pleased that his decision worked to good effect.

"I would have liked to have brought myself on a bit sooner, but I've been struggling with a wee injury so I wasn't fully fit," said the 33-year-old.

"I was just hoping I could lend a bit of experience at the back and maybe tidy things up a little bit and give us the platform to go and try to get something and fortunately enough it paid off."

Tomas Cerny
Tomas Cerny trudged off injured after landing awkwardly

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald was disappointed his side did not utilise their one-man advantage by holding on to the lead given to them by Pogba's goal on the hour mark.

"It was a poor performance," said Archibald. "I didn't think we were at our best, but it was a scrappy game. First half was very scrappy even though we had the better chance and we missed that.

"We did the hard bit. We got the goal against 10 men - it's never easy, but when we went 1-0 ahead we struggled to take hold of the game after that.

"It was really disappointing when they went down to 10 men - I expected more from us by moving the ball better from side to side, which we didn't do enough."

Thistle goalkeeper Tomas Cerny left the stadium on crutches having twisted his ankle after he caught a cross.

"He landed awkwardly on his kicking foot so he couldn't continue," added Archibald. "He's in as support boot at the moment as a precaution so we'll assess him over the next couple of days."

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