Hamilton Academical 1 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, October 1st, 2016, 3:00 PM at Superseal Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 1,611
Referee: Barry Cook
Hamilton Academical Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Alejandro D Acol (18) Liam Polworth (93)

Team Managers
Martin Canning Richie Foran

Starting Eleven
Remi Matthews
Scott McMann
Dan Seaborne
Georgios Sarris
Grant Gillespie
Dougie Imrie
Greg Docherty
Darian Mackinnon
Louis Longridge
Ali Crawford
Alejandro D Acol
Owain Fon Williams
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Billy King
Lonsana Doumbouya

Bench
Robbie Thomson
Ryan Tierney
Daniel Redmond
Richard Roy
Rakish Bingham
Shaun Want
Ronan Hughes
Cameron Mackay
Aaron Doran
Lewis Horner
Jake Mulraney
Larnell Cole
Alex Fisher
Scott Boden

Substitutions
Rakish Bingham -> Alejandro D Acol (66)
Robbie Thomson -> Remi Matthews (82)
Shaun Want -> Louis Longridge (85)
Scott Boden for Greg Tansey (50)
Jake Mulraney for Billy King (59)
Larnell Cole for Iain Vigurs (75)

Bookings
Darian Mackinnon (81)
Dougie Imrie (86)
Lonsana Doumbouya (62)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 57 apps -
Gary Warren 164 apps13 goals
Josh Meekings 180 apps7 goals
Brad Mckay 4 apps -
Carl Tremarco 87 apps5 goals
Greg Tansey 160 apps26 goals
Ross Draper 172 apps16 goals
Iain Vigurs 73 apps16 goals
Liam Polworth 89 apps9 goals
Billy King 12 apps3 goals
Lonsana Doumbouya 5 apps1 goal
Jake Mulraney (sub) 12 apps -
Larnell Cole (sub) 2 apps -
Scott Boden (sub) 10 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (21 years 360 days)
Oldest Player:Billy King (2018 years 65 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 293 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Cameron Mackay (16 years 301 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2018 years 65 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 233 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Liam's late show again:

Liam Polworth extended Caley Thistle's unbeaten run to five games with a superb injury time leveler against Hamilton Accies. The home side had taken the lead in the eighteenth minute after Alexandre D'Acol scored from a rebound.

Hamilton enjoyed the lions share of possession, but Inverness were able to fashion an equal share of the chances, however a point looked unlikely until Poly pounced in the 93rd minute.

Foran benched Jake Mulraney, handing luxury man Iain Vigurs a start with Lonsana Doumbouya given the striker role.

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Immortal Howden Ender has this report for us. For the benefit of those with a humour bypass, some of this may be tongue in cheek.

Junior Strictly Come Dancing or Green Street?

Are they simply getting nervous at the thought of IHE watching from the stands? It certainly was nowhere near as bad as Tynecastle, although Hearts may well have hit five against us and we were fortunate that their last touch was very poor and their shooting was rushed and mainly way off target. The statistics will suggest that this was a close affair but I feel that we did NOT deserve to take anything from this and that was a real “smash and grab” in injury time. But playing poor away from home, coming away with a point and stretching the unbeaten run to five games. Well you shouldn’t complain but I have enjoyed better games down the park on a Sunday morning.

I wonder if other away teams lament the Hamilton experience. Due to the unfriendliness of local hostelries we enjoyed our pre-match bevvy in the Auctioneers in down down Glesga prior to catching the 14.20 train from Central Station. Then a wee trudge through a shittty alleyway and in to a practically empty stadium. Attendance was given at 1611 but it did not even look like that. Only two stands in use. The Main Stand had three sections full and the rest sparsely populated. We must have had 200-300 but we were spread out all over the place and there was little atmosphere to enthuse about. The only craic was the exchanges between our Young Team and their Hamilton counterparts.

I don’t think that I will have to use much space to report on the actual game. We looked the part for the first ten minutes but it was tippy-tappy stuff. Then we faded and let Hamilton take control. It looked like a Warren error that allowed D’Acol to put the Accies ahead in the 18th minute. Their young kids basically looked like they had more energy and commitment until we went for broke in the last ten minutes when Accies also looked as if they had run out of steam and settled for a 1-0 win. It sounds as if that is the story of their season.

Not sure why Foran decided to start Vigurs instead of Mulraney. He then took Mulraney on to play wide left whilst Hamilton's right flank looked as unsteady as one of the nearby slum tenements. Draper appeared to be in more of a centre forward role and it appeared that a lot of balls were being launched at him instead of Doumbouya. Again the match stats state that we had 7 attempts on target. Well we were looking dangerous only from dead ball situations. Mckay and Warren (twice) had half efforts in the first half. Draper had a great header saved by the substitute keeper, Scott Harrison late on, and then of course Polworth's drive deep into injury time. I suppose that people will say that Foran got the substitutes right but I don’t. Our main saviour was the amount of injury time which resulted from two stoppages for the keeper, time wasting by the Hamilton substitutions and Hamilton sitting back and us going for broke. We could even have snatched three points if Doumbouya had put the last minute header on target. It was nice to see Dougie Imrie prostrate and distraught at the end.

I have to add that Hamilton’s youth Academy appears to continue to bring up talented youngsters. I would love to know their recipe for success. Docherty looks a winner and he and Crawford bossed the midfield which turned the whole game in their favour. Imrie to be fair did look illustrious and effective. But I feel that we missed a trick by not targeting the young lad, at left back, making his first appearance. I also thought that Sarris dominated and bullied Doumbouya.

I can’t even be bothered doing a Smileymometer as I think that I have summed up the performance previously. Fon Williams did nothing wrong. McKay looked less reassured. Warren and Meekings looked shaky at times but probably not helped by Hamilton totally bossing the midfield. Tremarco continues to be consistent and gets my MotM. Cant believe that we continue to play Polworth wide right and he proved that by coming through the middle for the late goal. I only noticed Tansey for the first time when he went off injured. Same could be said of Vigurs!! King had an off day. Draper had to slot in to three different roles but he looks wholly suited to the front hole role. The surface did not appear to bother him and he looked like our real driving influence. Sorry but I am still not enthralled by Doumbouya. I felt that he let Sarris bully him. Get him down the Gym and on the weights and a wee bit of sprint training as well. But again what service and support did he get. I have already decried taking Mulraney on to the left and when we switched we began to look dangerous. Boden simply looked disinterested and added nothing. Cole is clearly “green” but got involved, appears to have a good touch and pace. Then I bet Doran is one cheesed off punter forced to watch that for 97 minutes. So in essence the first 93 minutes were shocking but the last 4 were promising.

As fer Mr Cook – well we would have been better with Mary feckin Berry in the centre. He upheld the current reputation of Scottish officialdom.

Talking about bullying earlier on, a wee mention for the so called Hamilton Youth Team. What a feckin firm. They joined us at the trudge back down the alleyway to the Station. They spouted filth at families and disabled supporters. They passed by us and ignored our shouts of abuse encouragement. Some of them were 11 or 12 years old. They did not retaliate. They then grouped at the end of the alley in clear sight of the Polis and entered in to the dancing and come on gesturing. It looked more like Junior Strictly Come Dancing than Green Street. However, please don't try this at home children.

Match report written by Immortal Howden Ender



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 7 6 1 0 24 8 16 19
2. Aberdeen 8 4 3 1 13 8 5 15
3. Hearts 8 4 2 2 14 7 7 14
4. St. Johnstone 8 4 2 2 11 8 3 14
5. Rangers 8 3 3 2 10 11 -1 12
6. Motherwell 8 2 3 3 11 12 -1 9
7. Ross County 8 2 3 3 7 9 -2 9
8. Inverness CT 8 2 3 3 12 16 -4 9
9. Hamilton Academical 8 1 4 3 9 13 -4 7
10. Dundee 8 1 3 4 8 12 -4 6
11. Kilmarnock 8 1 3 4 8 19 -11 6
12. Partick Thistle 7 1 2 4 7 11 -4 5