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Hamilton Academical 4-0 Ross County

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2GordonBooked at 67mins
  • 5Canning
  • 24TenaSubstituted forDevlinat 64'minutes
  • 6Gillespie
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 74mins
  • 22Andreu
  • 11Crawford
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forLongridgeat 75'minutes
  • 99Antoine-CurierBooked at 59minsSubstituted forScotlandat 82'minutes
  • 28Redmond

Substitutes

  • 3Hendrie
  • 4Devlin
  • 9Scotland
  • 10Neil
  • 17Longridge
  • 19Currie
  • 32Ryan

Ross County

  • 21Brown
  • 20Balk
  • 5Boyd
  • 18Frempah
  • 3CelcerBooked at 62mins
  • 7CardleSubstituted forJervisat 69'minutes
  • 4Quinn
  • 8Brittain
  • 10KissBooked at 72mins
  • 11de LeeuwBooked at 60minsSubstituted forDingwallat 80'minutes
  • 16BoyceSubstituted forArquinat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 9Jervis
  • 14Maatsen
  • 15Arquin
  • 17Ross
  • 28Miller
  • 30Dingwall
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
2,684

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home17
Away3
Shots on Target
Home11
Away3
Corners
Home17
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 4, Ross County 0.

Full Time

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

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.
Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).
Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ben Frempah.
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Mark Brown.
Attempt saved. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Jason Scotland replaces Mickael Antoine-Curier.
Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).
Rocco Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Tony Dingwall replaces Melvin De Leeuw.
Attempt saved. Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Filip Kiss.
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Rocco Quinn.
Attempt missed. Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Dougie Imrie.

Booking

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).
Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).
Jake Jervis (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Filip Kiss (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.
Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).
Attempt missed. Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Mark Brown.
Attempt saved. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Yoann Arquin replaces Liam Boyce.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Jake Jervis replaces Joe Cardle.
Foul by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical).
Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Penalty saved! Richard Brittain (Ross County) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty conceded by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Ross County. Liam Boyce draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

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

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.

Dismissal

Uros Celcer (Ross County) is shown the red card.
Penalty Hamilton Academical. Dougie Imrie draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Uros Celcer (Ross County) after a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Uros Celcer.

Booking

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

Booking

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.
Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Uros Celcer (Ross County).
Attempt saved. Filip Kiss (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).
Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

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.
Penalty Hamilton Academical. Tony Andreu draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) after a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Richard Brittain.
Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Grant Gillespie.
Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical).
Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Inverness CT5410713
2Hamilton5401612
3Dundee Utd5401312
4St Johnstone5302-19
5Kilmarnock5212-17
6Celtic320176
7Dundee413016
8Aberdeen420206
9Partick Thistle411214
10Motherwell5104-53
11St Mirren4004-70
12Ross County5005-110
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