Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton Academical 1-1 Inverness CT

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at New Douglas Park
Liam Polworth scores
Liam Polworth (far right) got the visitors' late leveller

Hamilton Academical surrendered a lead for the second week running as Inverness Caledonian Thistle struck late at New Douglas Park.

Alexandre D'Acol got the opener - a rebound after keeper Owain Fon Williams had kept out Ali Crawford's header.

Crawford almost doubled Accies' lead, his chip tipped over by Fon Williams.

Robbie Thomson replaced injured keeper Remi Matthews and kept out a Ross Draper header but could not stop Liam Polworth's long-range leveller.

The away team in this fixture had won the five previous meetings and perhaps more pertinently, Caley Thistle had not lost at New Douglas Park since January 2009, winning on all six of their most recent visits to Hamilton.

Although they could not preserve that record, they will be delighted to emerge from this match with a point, having looked second best for much of the game.

Faith in youth paying off

Accies' renowned youth academy is a gift that keeps on giving it seems and in Greg Docherty they appear to have cultivated another star-in-the-making.

Cut from a similar cloth to James McCarthy and James McArthur, Docherty is a tidy, energetic box-to-box midfielder, with an eye for a pass.

Alexandre D'Acol celebrates
D'Acol pounced to put Hamilton ahead

Called up for Scotland Under-21 duty this week, Docherty showed why as he and fellow academy graduate Crawford dominated the midfield, with Crawford getting beyond D'Acol to glance a header at Fon Williams before the striker's emphatic finish.

Pleasingly for player-manager Martin Canning, Scott McMann - another youth product - made his first Premiership start, filling the left-back slot that has been a problem for Accies this season.

Lack of craft from Caley Thistle

Caley Thistle appeared to have turned a corner recently, with a fine run of four games undefeated following three losses in their opening three matches.

And they began the match well as Brad McKay had a header cleared off the line by Louis Longridge.

But they drifted out of the match, though Gary Warren did go close on two occasions.

It was not until the closing stages they really began to push Accies back and when the home side lost Matthews to injury, Draper pulled out a magnificent save from his replacement Thomson.

But Thomson could not get to Polworth's ferocious low drive deep into stoppage time, which extended Accies' winless run to four.

What the managers said

Hamilton player-manager Martin Canning: "For the seventh out of the eight games, I think, we've gone ahead - we've only managed to see it out once and win one game.

"It's not enough, we know that, we need to do better, to see games out. I thought again we did enough to win the game. But obviously we got hit again in injury time, which was disappointing.

"We didn't lose the goal because tactically we were unaware or were undone. Sometimes all you can say is maybe Lady Luck isn't on our side at the minute."

Inverness CT manager Richie Foran: "I thought we had the better chances, their keeper pulled off one or two decent saves, we had one cleared off the line so on chances alone I think we deserved a point. On overall play, I thought they were the better team.

"We've scored a couple of late goals now so I always thought one was going to drop for us. It's a great finish by Liam Polworth.

"The spirit was great. I'm delighted with the lads."



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1MatthewsSubstituted forThomsonat 82'minutes
  • 23McMann
  • 2Seaborne
  • 89Sarris
  • 6Gillespie
  • 7ImrieBooked at 86mins
  • 8Docherty
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 81mins
  • 17LongridgeSubstituted forWantat 85'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 9D'AcolSubstituted forBinghamat 66'minutes


  • 10Redmond
  • 14Roy
  • 15Bingham
  • 27Want
  • 31Tierney
  • 33Hughes
  • 35Thomson

Inverness CT

Formation 4-5-1

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 22McKay
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 3Tremarco
  • 7Polworth
  • 8Draper
  • 16TanseySubstituted forBodenat 50'minutes
  • 11VigursSubstituted forColeat 75'minutes
  • 20KingSubstituted forMulraneyat 59'minutes
  • 26DoumbouyaBooked at 62mins


  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 15Mulraney
  • 17Horner
  • 18Fisher
  • 19Boden
  • 29Cole
  • 31Mackay
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Inverness CT 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lonsana Doumbouya (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Inverness CT 1. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

    Danny Seaborne (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Scott Boden (Inverness CT).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical).

  12. Post update

    Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  15. Post update

    Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Shaun Want replaces Louis Longridge.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Gary Warren.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Robbie Thomson.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner.