Hamilton Academical 0 - 2 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, January 24th, 2015, 3:00 PM at New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Attendance: 5,089
Referee: Brian Colvin
Hamilton Academical Inverness CT

None. Grant Gillespie (o.g.) (53)
Nick Ross (76)

Team Managers
Martin Canning John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Michael McGovern
Grant Gillespie
Martin Canning
Jesus Garcia Tena
Stephen Hendrie
Jon Routledge
Darian Mackinnon
Ali Crawford
Daniel Redmond
Dougie Imrie
Anthony Andreu
Dean Brill
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
David Raven
Carl Tremarco
Nick Ross
Graeme Shinnie
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Danny Williams
Billy Mckay

Craig Watson
Louis Longridge
Eamonn Brophy
Greg Docherty
Ali El-Zubaidi
Darren Hill
Mickael Antoine-Curier
Ryan Esson
Daniel Devine
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Ryan Christie
James Vincent
Lewis Horner

Eamonn Brophy -> Daniel Redmond (69)
Louis Longridge -> Dougie Imrie (82)
Greg Docherty -> Darian Mackinnon (83)
Aaron Doran for Danny Williams (79)
Ryan Esson for Dean Brill (94)

Dougie Imrie (64) Gary Warren (13)
Ross Draper (65)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dean Brill (GK) 71 apps -
Josh Meekings 130 apps3 goals
David Raven 100 apps1 goal
Gary Warren 103 apps11 goals
Carl Tremarco 33 apps -
Nick Ross 161 apps12 goals
Ross Draper 103 apps7 goals
Graeme Shinnie 169 apps6 goals
Greg Tansey 84 apps12 goals
Danny Williams 48 apps2 goals
Billy Mckay 141 apps62 goals
Ryan Esson (sub) (GK) 161 apps -
Aaron Doran (sub) 138 apps19 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Billy Mckay (26 years 100 days)
Oldest Player:Danny Williams (2016 years 179 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 206 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (20 years 109 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2016 years 179 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 274 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

David Raven played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

Inverness now own Accies:

Inverness moved to within a point of Aberdeen as they overcame Hamilton in the 10p game at New Douglas Park. It was a quiet first half with Hamilton just having the edge but an own goal by Grant Gillespie and a team goal finished by Nick ross made it four defeats on the bounce for the Accies and five wins on the trot for Inverness.

The 10p admission price made for a large crowd looking for Hamilton to bounce back after three losses, with the visitors hoping to build on their fine run of four wins in a row. At the end of the game, Inverness now get to keep Hamilton Accies after our third win over them this season. Meh!

Immortal Howden Ender has penned this wonderful report for us.

There was as much chance of seeing a goal in that first half as being served in one of the local hostelries. However I was later advised that the local publicans had feared an influx of Old Firm fans due to the Cellic playing early doors and Sevco getting postponed. Anyone we managed to squeeze in to the Tap to raise a dram to Frank McAvoy and Alex O'Neil. If you had been doing a pay at half time to define your entertainment rating then 10p may just have been feckin accurate !!

To be fair to Hamilton I thought that they bossed the first half whilst not really looking like a threat. To be fair also we did look solid at the back throughout and it was a couple of indisciplined moments of our making that jangled the first half nerves. Deano had one of his moments after 5 opening minutes when he clattered Meekings with an attempted clearance sclaff. The other was yet another needless booking for Gary Warren but the spirited Jesus Garcia then sent a free-kick over the bar. Fortunately the much derided Imrie also sclaffed his chance as well. Forgive me if I am wrong but our only efforts were both from Greg Tansey and only one was on target and did not exactly test Pinocchio McGovern. Deano to be fair redeemed himself holding a decent strike from Tony Andreu. And then they sold out of feckin pies before the half time whistle.

Half Time 0-0

Yet again we came out in the second half like men possessed. I am really not sure what happened in the first 45 but we looked like we were going for a 1-0 on the break. We hardly put two passes together and then we play them literally off the pitch. Some of the passing and especially the movement was a joy to behold. Canning looked very nervy and perhaps the onus of player manager may be too much for him. His slip let in wee Billy and although Pinocchio saved well that was the cue for a change in the bossing. Grant Gillespie saw appeals for a Hamilton penalty turned down early in the second period but that really was the only scare we got from then forwards, Wee Billy then showed another side to his repertoire and set up both the goals - the second being as good a team effort as I have seen in a while. On 53 minutes Wee Billy looped a pass towards Graeme Shinnie, whose his shot rebounded off both McGovern and Gillespie before nestling in the net. It may have been slightly fortunate but it was well deserved. Pinnochio then prevented wee Billy and then turned a Meekings header wide.

Full Time 0-2

With fifteen minutes to go we made the game safe with a delightful passing move. Again wee Billy and Ross Draper were the architects - combining down the left to provide an inviting cross that Ross duly slammed past a helpless Pinnochio. Draper possibly could have scored himself but he laid it off to Nick Ross. It was noticeable that the second goal heralded a stampede of departures from the away end as the Old Firm hangers on decided to leave and head for the Buckfast shop. And two eminent gypsies left early doors as well from the midst of the away support. Substitute Aaron Doran passed up a late opportunity to add gloss to the scoreline. But to put an absolute damper on the day Deano collapsed, under no apparent pressure, and it looked like he had jarred his knee. It was more worrying that it took almost 4 minutes to treat him and he was carted off on a stretcher. That also gave rise to the biggest cheer of the day for the return of the Esson. Lets hope Deano's injury is not as bad as once feared but I would say the we are extremely fortunate to have Ryan as back up.

So we had seven shots in the second half with six on target, 60-40 possession and four corners. We only committed five fouls over the 90 minutes and, irritatingly to me, two of them resulted in two more needless bookings with Draper following Warren into the book. I even thought Brian Colvin had a good day at the office.

I will leave it to Yogi to sum up the day - "I didn't enjoy the game .. There was a real apprehension before the game. We were getting a bit complacent and it showed in the first half... Second half we got back to what we're all about. Even if it wasn't a great performance it showed me the spirit and that's what got us the win. They were the better team in the first half and played some nice football. In terms of us getting on the ball and making things happen that's the worst I've seen us for a long while...But, credit to them in terms of still keeping that clean sheet... We're punching well above our weight. Our main goal at the start of the season was to stay up. I'm serious.. I'm just lucky I'm working with a bunch of boys that want to improve as footballers. We've got a happy, spirited team. It's all about getting results and if you're getting results your job is made easy". That must be the first time that I have wholly concurred with the closing statement from one of our managers.

Match report written by Immortal Howden Ender

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 22 16 3 3 43 12 31 51
2. Aberdeen 23 15 3 5 37 21 16 48
3. Inverness CT 23 15 2 6 34 21 13 47
4. Dundee Utd 23 14 3 6 46 30 16 45
5. Hamilton Academical 24 12 3 9 38 31 7 39
6. St. Johnstone 23 10 3 10 20 24 -4 33
7. Dundee 24 8 8 8 36 37 -1 32
8. Kilmarnock 23 8 4 11 23 30 -7 28
9. Partick Thistle 22 6 7 9 32 27 5 25
10. Motherwell 23 5 2 16 15 45 -30 17
11. St. Mirren 24 4 3 17 19 41 -22 15
12. Ross County 22 2 5 15 20 44 -24 11