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  • Disappointing defeat for Celtic

    Disappointing defeat for Celtic

    By: Martin Dalziel on 05 Oct, 2014 15:03

  • SPFL
    Celtic Park, Glasgow
    Sunday, October 5, 2014


    (Ali Crawford 48)

    A SECOND-HALF strike from Ali Crawford gave Hamilton Accies a 1-0 victory at Celtic Park. The Hoops failed to find an equaliser and were left frustrated and disappointed at the final whistle.

    Hamilton began the match on the attack and a quick ball into the box from left-back Stephen Hendrie was missed by the Celtic defence, causing an early scare, but Anthony Stokes hooked the ball clear.

    The Hoops then began to exert their own pressure and had a good chance to go in front on the 10-minute mark but Guidetti’s shot on the turn curled inches past Michael McGovern’s far post.

    The Hoops found joy down the left flank, with clever passing between Stokes and Emilio Izaguirre forcing Hamilton to concede a succession of corners.

    Stokes then went close to opening the scoring after an over-lapping run from Izaguirre opened up space for the Irishman in the box but his right-footed shot curled wide of McGovern’s post.

    Determined play from Virgil van Dijk in the Accies box set up Jason Denayer but his header was saved, one-handed, by McGovern. That sparked a flurry of attacks from Ronny Deila's side but they still couldn't find the breakthrough.

    Accies almost stole the lead going into the break, however, after Mickael Antoine-Curier robbed Denayer on the half-way line and sprinted down on the Celtic goal, but Virgil van Dijk managed to catch the Hamilton striker and deflect his shot out for an Accies corner.

    Two more set-pieces followed and Celtic broke up the pitch following the third after Johansen cleared. Stokes broke free but his final ball to Guidetti was intercepted and the teams went into the break level.

    Celtic immediately attacked Hamilton after the re-start but went a goal behind against the run of play. Jesus Garcia Tena broke free down the Celtic left and played a low cross into the box, which evaded Denayer and van Dijk before Ali Crawford fired a shot low past Gordon to put his side in front.

    Celtic sought an immediate reply and almost got it through Kris Commons but his shot from the edge of the box was tipped round the post by McGovern.

    The champions continued to pile the pressure on and won a series of corners for their troubles. Denayer had a header cleared off the line from the last of those but Hamilton survived the onslaught.

    Louis Longridge replaced Daniel Redmond for Hamilton before Ronny Deila put on Leigh Griffiths for Guidetti and replaced Wakaso with Aleksandar Tonev.

    Griffiths had an instant impact by setting up Stokes with a good run and cross down the right but the Irishman’s header went wide.

    Commons then saw a close-range flick tipped behind by McGovern as Celtic piled on the pressure but the corner came to nothing. Denayer then had a shot saved after Gillespie was booked for a foul on Tonev in the box but no penalty was given.

    At the other end Hamilton almost doubled their lead as the Celtic defence became stretched but Antoine-Curier’s shot on the turn was weak and Gordon gathered easily.

    Celtic remained frustrated as the final whistle drew nearer as Hamilton camped on the edge of their box to thwart the Hoops’ attacks. Commons went close with a header but McGovern saved to keep his side ahead.

    Anthony Stokes then went agonisingly close too after he rose to meet a Tonev cross but his glancing header flashed wide of goal.

    Ronny Deila pushed van Dijk up front as Hamilton replaced Anthony Andreu and Antoine-Curier with Darren Lyon and Andy Ryan, and the Dutchman did well to win a late corner.

    Tonev took the set-piece but his cross to the front post was cleared by Accies before referee Steven McLean blew the whistle for full-time.

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Johansen; Wakaso (Tonev 60), Commons, Stokes; Guidetti (Griffiths 60)

    Subs not used: Zaluska, Scepovic, Berget, Kayal, O’Connell.

    HAMILTON (4-1-4-1) McGovern; Gordon, Devlin, Garcia Tena, Hendrie; Gillespie; Imrie, Crawford, Redmond (Longridge 55), Andreu (Lyon 88); Antoine-Curier (Ryan 88)

    Subs not used: Hill, Scotland, Neil, Brophy.

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