Hamilton Academical 0-1 Celtic: Early Forrest strike edges out hosts

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By Martin Watt
BBC Scotland
Celtic toiled over Hamilton Academical that was obstinate to a slender win to maintain their 100% beginning.
James Forrest transformed debutant Mohamed Elyounoussi’s cross early in a first half dominated by the visitors.
Scotland winger Forrest appeared a shot off the crossbar following the rest but Hamilton grew in belief and intent.
They made life difficult for the winners and had a few half chances but Celtic held firm.
The straight league victory for Neil Lennon’s side leaves these six points clear of Rangers, who host Livingston.
Hamilton, who’ve now lost the last ten encounters with Celtic, sit eighth with four points before their 3pm fixtures.
Accies manager Brian Rice hoped for strength in numbers from barricading his backline with five defenders, shielded by a layer of four midfielders, together with George Oakley given a shift up top on his own.
Since the winners chiselled a means through, the effort to tribes lasted less than four minutes, however. A Odsonne Edouard lay-off that was lovely place Elyounoussi free down the left and his low cross was expertly tucked at the near post by Forrest for his seventh goal of a season up to now.
However, what looked like a landslide turned into a trickle since Polynesian failed to cement their superiority with goals.
Like his group, Elyounoussi – a #17m winger that has landed at Celtic on loan – started impressively then lost his way.
Despite possession stats of 73% in favor of the visitors, dwelling keeper Owain Fon Williams’ gloves went untouched until he made a terrific save to trick Forrest’s thudding left-foot drive away and on to the underside of his bar to safety.
Mix play and the one-touch passing from Lennon’s guys, who were striking in their Old Firm win at Ibrox before the break, was easy on the eye but easy to repel as Hamilton kept themselves in the game.
When Blair Alston mustered their first shot at goal shy of their mark straight from the arms of Fraser Forster the hosts have been in nosebleed territory.
However, they improved fraying nerves with a set of raids forward. Alex Gogic nodded wastefully within the box once there was the free-kick hauled on to his head and Alston had been just a few metres too large with the attempt from the edge of the box following a run from Adrian Beck, on for his debut.
Marios Ogkmpoe also dragged wide while Celtic replacement Vakoun Bayo snapped a header at Fon Williams.
Celtic were made to sweat from the end of time, even when Ogkmpoe failed to associate with the pushed ball across goal of Scott McMann, but finally Accies’ spadework was in vain.
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There was a series of contenders in a first-half Celtic screen full of slick passing. Forrest and Ryan Christie would be the very notable but they and their team-mates failed to keep dominance and the tempo.
That has been down to Accies imposing themselves more on the game. The influence of Gogic in the holding role in midfield that was central caught they eye as did the exuberance of Lewis Smith.
However, being the pillow facing his defenders, breaking up play and attempting to get Accies moving forwards, was sufficient for Gogic to find the nod.
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