Hamilton Academical made it four league wins from five and consolidated second place in the Premiership by sweeping aside manager-less Ross County.

Martin Canning rose to head in Danny Redmond's corner before Mickael Antoine-Curier converted from the spot.

The Guadeloupe international scored another penalty after Uros Celcer was sent-off for fouling Dougie Imrie.

Michael McGovern saved Richie Brittain's penalty for County and Jason Scotland fired Hamilton's fourth.

Interview - Hamilton Academical manager Alex Neil

The Highlanders remain winless and pointless in the Premiership and are now in search of a new boss following Derek Adams' sacking on Thursday.

When Patrick Kluivert was assisting the then Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, few would think he would have Dingwall near the top of his list of possible future destinations.

But news of the 1995 Champions League winner's application for the vacant Ross County managerial role excited the 100 or so hardy Staggies who made the 360-mile round trip from the Highlands to Hamilton.

They hoped that under the guidance of coach Steve Ferguson, in the meantime, their side would show something that could register a first Premiership point of the season.

Martin Canning celebrates after scoring for Hamilton Academical against Ross County

Canning netted against his former club

But Alex Neil's Accies had the upper hand in the opening exchanges - perhaps inspired by chairman Les Gray's ice bucket challenge on the New Douglas Park pitch pre-match.

The hosts' right-back Ziggy Gordon played a nice one-two with Imrie and fired in a low shot which skimmed past Mark Brown's post.

Imrie himself had a close-range effort well saved by the County goalkeeper less than 60 seconds later.

Darian MacKinnon's through-ball was just a touch too heavy for Englishman Redmond as Accies looked fairly comfortable without making their superiority count.

However, Accies' captain Canning ensured that changed two minutes into the second half.

The big centre-back, who spent seven years at a County earlier in his career, rose to head home Redmond's corner high into the net.

One became two when Antoine-Curier stroked a penalty low into the bottom right corner.

It came about from Rocco Quinn's foul on Frenchman Tony Andreu at the corner of the box.

Referee Willie Collum shows a red card to Uros Celcer

Celcer saw red in County's fifth straight defeat

And Accies had another spot-kick less than 10 minutes later when County's Slovenian defender Celcer pulled down Imrie in a last man challenge which resulted in a red card from referee Willie Collum.

Antoine-Curier did the business again, opting to put it in the same place as his previous strike.

Then the visitors were awarded a penalty of their own when Gordon's innocuous tackle on Liam Boyce had referee Collum pointing to the spot again.

Captain Brittain, charged with overseeing County with Ferguson following the departure of Adams, stepped up but ex-Staggies goalkeeper McGovern dived right to save.

Redmond, Andreu and substitute Louis Longridge all had shots saved by Brown, which prevented Accies' lead growing.

But it did eventually get notched up when substitute Scotland was on hand to turn in from a Longridge pass.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Hamilton Academical

  • 01 McGovern
  • 02 Gordon Booked
  • 05 Canning
  • 24 Tena (Devlin - 64' )
  • 06 Gillespie
  • 18 MacKinnon Booked
  • 22 Andreu
  • 11 Crawford
  • 07 Imrie (Longridge - 75' )
  • 99 Antoine-Curier Booked (Scotland - 82' )
  • 28 Redmond

Substitutes

  • 03 Hendrie
  • 04 Devlin
  • 09 Scotland
  • 10 Neil
  • 17 Longridge
  • 19 Currie
  • 32 Ryan

Ross County

  • 21 Brown
  • 03 Celcer Dismissed
  • 05 Boyd
  • 18 Frempah
  • 20 Balk
  • 04 Quinn
  • 11 De Leeuw Booked (Dingwall - 80' )
  • 10 Kiss Booked
  • 08 Brittain
  • 07 Cardle (Jervis - 69' )
  • 16 Boyce (Arquin - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Reguero
  • 09 Jervis
  • 14 Maatsen
  • 15 Arquin
  • 17 Ross
  • 28 Miller
  • 30 Dingwall
Ref: William Collum
Att: 2,684

Match Stats

Shots

17 3

On target

11 3

Corners

17 2

Fouls

18 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hamilton Academical 4, Ross County 0.

90:00 +2:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 4, Ross County 0.

90:00 +0:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hamilton Academical 4, Ross County 0. Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Louis Longridge.

89:33

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

89:33

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:15

Attempt saved. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

85:54

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

85:27

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ben Frempah.

84:35

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Mark Brown.

84:15

Attempt saved. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

81:36 Substitution

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

81:10

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

81:10

Rocco Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Tony Dingwall replaces Melvin De Leeuw.

79:18

Attempt saved. Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:15

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Filip Kiss.

77:32

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Rocco Quinn.

76:21

Attempt missed. Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

74:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Dougie Imrie.

73:29 Booking

Booking Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

72:49

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

72:49

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:04

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

72:04

Jake Jervis (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:11 Booking

Booking Filip Kiss (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

71:06

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

71:06

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

70:03

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

69:38

Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:38

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

68:58

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Mark Brown.

68:50

Attempt saved. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

68:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Yoann Arquin replaces Liam Boyce.

68:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Jake Jervis replaces Joe Cardle.

68:06

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical).

68:06

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:40

Penalty saved! Richard Brittain (Ross County) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

66:13 Booking

Booking Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

65:55

Penalty conceded by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) after a foul in the penalty area.

65:55

Penalty Ross County. Liam Boyce draws a foul in the penalty area.

63:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Michael Devlin replaces Jesus Garcia Tena because of an injury.

62:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hamilton Academical 3, Ross County 0. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

61:40 Dismissal

Dismissal Uros Celcer (Ross County) is shown the red card.

61:30

Penalty Hamilton Academical. Dougie Imrie draws a foul in the penalty area.

61:30

Penalty conceded by Uros Celcer (Ross County) after a foul in the penalty area.

59:47

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Uros Celcer.

59:01 Booking

Booking Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

58:54 Booking

Booking Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

58:35

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

58:35

Foul by Uros Celcer (Ross County).

57:57

Attempt saved. Filip Kiss (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

57:39

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

57:39

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:12

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

55:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hamilton Academical 2, Ross County 0. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

55:36

Penalty Hamilton Academical. Tony Andreu draws a foul in the penalty area.

55:36

Penalty conceded by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) after a foul in the penalty area.

54:24

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

50:52

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Grant Gillespie.

50:19

Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical).

50:19

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:46

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:46

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

49:25

Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

49:25

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Ross County 0. Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Redmond following a corner.

46:25

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Uros Celcer.

45:00

Second Half begins Hamilton Academical 0, Ross County 0.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Ross County 0.

43:40

Attempt saved. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

42:04

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical).

42:04

Rocco Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:40

Attempt missed. Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

41:28

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ben Frempah.

41:15

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

39:03

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

38:22

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Rocco Quinn.

37:23

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

37:03

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

36:04

Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).

36:04

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:07

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:07

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

34:01

Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:01

Foul by Jordi Balk (Ross County).

33:25

Foul by Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical).

33:25

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:35

Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical).

29:35

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:32

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Jordi Balk.

20:44

Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:44

Foul by Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County).

19:33

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Jordi Balk.

18:50

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Jordi Balk.

18:14

Attempt saved. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

17:22

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

17:22

Uros Celcer (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

15:40

Delay in match Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) because of an injury.

14:49

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:49

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical).

12:47

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:47

Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

10:26

Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:26

Foul by Jordi Balk (Ross County).

8:52

Attempt saved. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

7:30

Attempt missed. Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

4:28

Attempt saved. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

3:47

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:47

Foul by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical).

2:34

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

2:34

Uros Celcer (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:33

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Jordi Balk.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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