Hamilton Academical 0-1 Celtic: Early Forrest strike edges out hosts
Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic toiled to a slender defend over stubborn Hamilton Academical to abet their 100% inaugurate.
James Forrest converted debutant Mohamed Elyounoussi’s frightful early in a major half of dominated by the guests.
Scotland winger Forrest crashed a shot off the crossbar after the spoil, nonetheless Hamilton grew in belief and intent.
They made existence an increasing selection of refined for the champions and had just a few half of probabilities – nonetheless Celtic held agency.
The fifth straight league victory for Neil Lennon’s side leaves them six facets sprint of second-placed Rangers, who host Livingston later on Saturday.
Hamilton, who hang now lost the past 10 conferences with Celtic, take a seat eighth with four facets before the 15:00 BST fixtures.
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From a landslide to a trickle
Accies manager Brian Rice hoped for energy in numbers by barricading his backline with five defenders, who had been gather by a layer of 4 midfielders, whereas George Oakley was as soon as handed a lonely shift up high on his be pleased.
The strive to stonewall Celtic lasted no longer as much as four minutes, even when, because the champions chiselled a vogue by. A smooth Odsonne Edouard lay-off pickle Elyounoussi free down the left and his low frightful was as soon as expertly tucked house on the shut to put up by Forrest – his seventh function of a productive season to this level.
But what looked treasure a landslide soon was a trickle as Celtic failed to cement their superiority with further targets.
Cherish his team, Elyounoussi – a £17m winger on mortgage from Southampton – started impressively then lost his system.
Despite possession stats of 73% in favour of the guests, house keeper Owain Fon Williams’ gloves went untouched till he produced a whimsical place to tip Forrest’s thudding left-foot power on to the underside of his bar and away to safety.
The one-touch passing and mixture play from Lennon’s men, who had been so spectacular in their Aged Firm defend at Rangers before the arena spoil, was as soon as straightforward on the discover nonetheless moderately straightforward to repel as Hamilton saved themselves within the game.
The hosts had been in nosebleed territory when Blair Alston mustered their first shot at function lawful jumpy of the 40-minute designate, the midfielder’s curved power over his shoulder touchdown straight in Fraser Forster’s arms.
But they improved markedly within the second half of, fraying Celtic nerves with a sequence of raids forward. Alex Gogic nodded wastefully wide right by the box when a free-kick was as soon as floated on to his head and Alston was as soon as simplest just a few yards too high with an effort from the fringe of the box after a surging speed from Adrian Beck, on for his debut.
Marios Ogkmpoe moreover dragged wide from an angle, whereas Celtic substitute Vakoun Bayo flashed a header straight at Fon Williams.
Celtic had been made to sweat till 20 seconds from the end of added time, when Ogkmpoe narrowly failed to connect with Scott McMann’s driven ball correct by function, nonetheless in the end Accies’ spadework was as soon as all in vain.
Man of the match – Alex Gogic
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There was as soon as a queue of contenders in a major-half of Celtic utter stout of slick passing. Forrest and Ryan Christie had been basically the most excellent nonetheless they and their team-mates failed to abet the tempo and dominance.
That was as soon as appropriate down to Accies imposing themselves more on the game. The affect of Gogic within the maintaining role in central midfield caught they discover, as did the youthful exuberance of Lewis Smith.
But being the cushion in front of his central defenders, breaking apart play and trying to rating Accies piquant forward, was as soon as sufficient for Gogic to rating the nod.