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

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From Martin Watt
BBC Scotland
Celtic toiled over Hamilton Academical that was stubborn to a slim win to keep their start.
James Forrest converted the cross of debutant Mohamed Elyounoussi in a first half dominated by the people.
A shot crashed off the crossbar after the break but Hamilton grew in purpose and belief.
Celtic held firm although they had a few half chances and made life tricky for the winners.
The fifth consecutive league victory for Neil Lennon’s side leaves these six points clear from second-place Rangers, that sponsor Livingston.
Hamilton, who have lost the last ten encounters with Celtic, sit with four points before the fixtures that are 3pm.
Accies director Brian Rice expected for strength by barricading his own backline with five defenders together with George Oakley given a change up top by himself.
The endeavor to stonewall Celtic lasted less than four minutes since a way was chiseled by the champions through. A Odsonne Edouard lay-off that was fantastic place Elyounoussi free down the left and his low cross was expertly tucked home at the near post by Forrest for his seventh objective of a season so far.
However, what looked like a landslide turned into a trickle as Polynesian failed to cement their excellence.
Like his team, Elyounoussi – a #17m winger that has landed on loan at Celtic in Southampton – began impressively then lost his manner.
Despite possession statistics of 73 percent in favour of the visitors, residence keeper Owain Fon Williams’ gloves went untouched until he produced an excellent save on to the bottom of his bar and away to safety.
Mix drama and the one-touch passing from Lennon’s men, who had been striking in their Old Firm win at Ibrox was easy on the eye but comparatively straightforward to repel as Hamilton maintained themselves in the game.
The hosts have been in nosebleed territory when Blair Alston mustered their first shot at goal shy of their 40-minute mark, the midfielder’s hooked drive over his shoulder landing directly in Fraser Forster’s arms.
Nevertheless, they improved markedly in the second half, fraying Celtic nerves with a set of raids forward. Alex Gogic nodded wide within the box after there was a free-kick drifted on into his head and Alston was only a few metres large with an effort from the edge of the box after a run from Adrian Beck, on due to his introduction.
Marios Ogkmpoe dragged wide while a header flashed directly in Fon Williams.
Celtic were forced to sweat till 20 seconds at the end of additional time, when Ogkmpoe failed to connect with the driven ball across goal of Scott McMann, but finally Accies’ spadework was in vain.
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There has been a queue of contenders in a screen full of slick passing. Forrest and Ryan Christie are the most notable but they and their team-mates failed to maintain the pace and dominance.
That has been down to Accies imposing themselves on the game. The influence of Gogic in the holding role in midfield that was central caught they eye , as did the exuberance of both Lewis Smith.
However, dividing play, being the cushion in front of the principal defenders and trying for Accies moving ahead, was sufficient for Gogic to get the nod.
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