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Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-1 Hamilton Academical

Larnell Cole celebrates scoring
Larnell Cole equalised for Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Inverness Caledonian Thistle climbed off the foot of the Scottish Premiership after a 1-1 draw with Hamilton Academical.

Ali Crawford outfoxed Caley Thistle goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams with a disguised free-kick that crept in at the near post.

Accies counterpart Gary Woods brilliantly denied Greg Tansey, before home captain Ross Draper blazed over.

Larnell Cole equalised after the break with a well-taken dipping half-volley.

Caley Thistle prove point

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Highlights: Inverness CT 1-1 Hamilton

Ahead of kick-off, the Scottish Professional Football League and Caley Thistle dismissed reports that the club had asked for the game to postponed as a result of a goalkeeping injury crisis, with both saying they had simply sought clarification of the rules.

First choice Fon Williams suffered a back strain this week, goalkeeping coach and reserve Ryan Esson also picked up an injury having replaced Daniel Hoban, who injured himself in a midweek under-20 match.

The other senior goalkeeper, Cammy MacKay, was unavailable as he is on loan at Elgin City.

So Fon Williams started despite not being fully fit and it appeared to play a part in Hamilton's goal as he was caught out by Crawford at his near post. The Wales goalkeeper had to do better.

Inverness responded well though and were rewarded by Cole, who produced a fine finish to find the top corner from an angle.

Boss Richie Foran will also point to a very strong claim for a penalty in the first half. Lonsana Doumbouya directed a header on target with Dan Seaborne clearly handling.

It wasn't given but to their credit, Inverness continued to press.

Jake Mulraney screwed wide from close range, Tansey dribbled through on Woods but couldn't finish before Draper fired over form a great position.

End-to-end

When Cole struck, the game opened up - and it turned into a very good watch.

Tansey thought he'd netted but his shot was blocked. Cole blazed over. Hamilton pushed back and might have nicked a winner.

The result arrests a run of four defeats for Inverness but they'll be disappointed not to have taken all three points as a first home win since September evaded them once more.

The point moves them off bottom place, into 11th, but perhaps not as far as they'd have wished. It remains very tight at the foot of the table.

Crawford top draw-er

There's a predictability about Hamilton; they draw a lot. That's eight in 10 games.

You could write this most weeks about Ali Crawford, but once again, he was simply top-drawer for Martin Canning's side.

Ali Crawford
Ali Crawford, left, opened the scoring Hamilton Accies, his ninth goal of the season

As he sized-up a free-kick on the left everyone expected a cross into the crowded box, but Crawford saw the opportunity to catch out Fon Williams at his near post with a crisp strike low to his right-hand post which was perfectly executed.

It would be wrong, though, to simply highlight Crawford - Hamilton have a real team ethic and came close from other areas.

Greg Doherty flashed wide from distance and Darian Mackinnon was unlucky with Fon Williams tipping over.

They rode their luck at times with the penalty claim and the procession of great chances going unpunished.

Accies now face a very difficult run of games against Celtic, Rangers, Celtic again, then Aberdeen.

Tough by anyone's standards, but they've been consistently dogged and in Crawford they have someone who can produce moments of spark at vital times.

Match reaction

Inverness CT manager Richie Foran: "We didn't get a clear, clear penalty - not only has (Seaborne) hand-balled it, he's pushed it with his hand and the referee is in the best position to see it, looking straight at it.

"It's interesting. Very interesting. When you're down there, you probably don't get those decisions. But also, we've got to take our chances.

"Fon Williams is quite upset with the goal - he's been great for us so I can't be too hard on him, and he shouldn't even have played today, the way his back is.

"But our reaction from there, we could have easily folded, but we didn't, we took the game right to them, and we created so many chances, same we did against Dundee. How we didn't win today, I'll never know."

Hamilton Accies player-manager Martin Canning: "It seems to be the story of the season so far. I thought second-half they started on the front foot, they made it one-each, and from then I thought we were excellent.

"We created enough opportunities we should have made more of, and probably scored and won the game. But again, it's another point, another difficult place to come, and I think if we put a couple of wins in there, performance-wise, we're difficult to break down, difficult to beat, we'd be reasonably pleased.

"The fact we're missing two or three wins out of that group of draws, it means now it becomes vital we start picking up three points."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 17HornerSubstituted forKingat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22McKayBooked at 86mins
  • 6Meekings
  • 3Tremarco
  • 16Tansey
  • 8DraperBooked at 36mins
  • 15Mulraney
  • 11Vigurs
  • 29Cole
  • 26Doumbouya

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 20King
  • 21Sutherland
  • 33Gilchrist
  • 37Robertson
  • 38MacLennan

Hamilton

  • 34Woods
  • 23McMannBooked at 76mins
  • 2Seaborne
  • 89Sarris
  • 6GillespieBooked at 74mins
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 11Crawford
  • 8Docherty
  • 7ImrieBooked at 58mins
  • 17LongridgeSubstituted forBinghamat 68'minutes
  • 9D'AcolSubstituted forRedmondat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Redmond
  • 15Bingham
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Donati
  • 28Cunningham
  • 33Hughes
  • 35Thomson
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
2,473

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 1, Hamilton Academical 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, Hamilton Academical 1.

Attempt missed. Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Billy King (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Billy King (Inverness CT).

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Grant Gillespie.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Billy King replaces Lewis Horner.

Booking

Brad McKay (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Brad McKay (Inverness CT).

Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Lewis Horner.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

Booking

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Daniel Redmond replaces Alejandro D'Acol.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Rakish Bingham replaces Louis Longridge.

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Larnell Cole (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ross Draper.

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic14131043123140
2Rangers179532317632
3Aberdeen1684428151328
4Hearts1776431211027
5St Johnstone166552219323
6Kilmarnock174671529-1418
7Ross County173861728-1117
8Hamilton1621041822-416
9Motherwell164482027-716
10Dundee174491422-816
11Inverness CT173682233-1115
12Partick Thistle163581826-814
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