Hamilton Academical 0-1 Celtic: Early Forrest strike edges out hosts
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From Martin Watt
Celtic toiled into a slender win to maintain their start.
James Forrest transformed the cross of debutant Mohamed Elyounoussi in a first half dominated by the visitors.
Hamilton grew in belief and goal although a shot crashed off the crossbar.
Celtic held firm although they had a couple of half chances and made life hard for the champions.
The fifth straight league triumph for Neil Lennon’s side renders them six points clear from second-place Rangers, that host Livingston later on Saturday.
Sit eighth with four points ahead of their fixtures.
Accies director Brian Rice expected for strength in numbers from barricading his backline with five defenders together with George Oakley handed a change that was lonely .
As the winners chiselled a means through the effort to tribes lasted less than four minutes, even though. A Odsonne Edouard lay-off place Elyounoussi down the left and his low cross was professionally remodeled house at the near post by Forrest for his seventh objective of a season up to now.
But what seemed like a landslide turned into a trickle as Celtic neglected to cement their superiority with goals.
Like his team, Elyounoussi – a 17m winger who has landed in Southampton on loan at Celtic – started impressively then lost his manner.
Despite possession statistics of 73 percent in favor of the visitors, dwelling keeper Owain Fon Williams’ gloves went untouched until he made an excellent save away and on to the bottom of his bar to safety.
As Hamilton kept themselves in the game the one-touch passing and combination play from Lennon’s guys, who were so notable in their Old Firm win at Ibrox was easy on the eye but relatively simple to repel.
The hosts were in nosebleed territory when Blair Alston mustered their first shot at goal shy of their 40-minute mark, the midfielder drive along his shoulder landing into Fraser Forster’s arms.
However, they improved markedly in the second half, fraying Celtic nerves with a string of raids. Alex Gogic nodded wide within the box once there was a free-kick floated on to his mind and Alston was just a few metres too large with an attempt after a surging run from Adrian Beck, on for his introduction.
While a header flashed straight at Fon Williams marios Ogkmpoe also dragged wide in the angle.
Celtic were forced to sweat from the end of time, even when Ogkmpoe failed to associate with the driven ball across goal of Scott McMann, but Accies’ spadework was in vain.
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There was a queue of contenders in a screen full of passing. Ryan and forrest Christie are the most notable but their team-mates neglected to keep dominance and the tempo.
That was down to Accies imposing themselves more. As did the youthful exuberance of both Lewis Smith the effect of Gogic from the holding role in midfield caught they eye.
But being the cushion facing his defenders, breaking up play and trying to get Accies moving forward, was sufficient for Gogic to get the nod.
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