Mickael Antoine-Curier volleyed a debut goal against former club Hibernian as Hamilton claimed their first Clydesdale Bank Premier League points of the season with a 2-0 win.

The on-loan Dundee forward gave Hibs a mountain to climb as early as the 12th minute after Simon Mensing had netted a penalty.

Hibernian struggled to find room against a hard-working Hamilton side and their hopes of a comeback evaporated when Derek Riordan had a late penalty saved by Tomas Cerny. John Hughes' men also had Colin Nish sent off in the closing seconds as they missed the chance to go third in the SPL.

Hughes went for an experienced line-up, bringing in Nish and Ian Murray for youngsters David Wotherspoon and Darren McCormack but they struggled from the opening moments when Mensing had a 20-yard drive saved by the diving Graham Stack.

Mensing was gifted an easier chance in the ninth minute when Nish was penalised by David Somers for handling at the back post after Mark McLaughlin got a glancing header to Richard Hastings' corner.

There were few appeals for a penalty but Nish did not protest and Mensing slotted into the corner just past Stack's outstretched hand.

Mensing turned provider three minutes later when he headed Derek Lyle's free-kick from near the halfway line into the path of Antoine-Curier, who volleyed into the corner from 14 yards.

Hibs were given a lifeline when the referee's assistant flagged for a penalty after Trent McClenahan had cleared Ian Murray's header off the line following a John Rankin corner.

Tomas Cerny pulled off a superb double stop when the penalty was taken in the 80th minute, parrying Derek Riordan's effort before getting up to divert Nish's follow-up over the bar.

The saves sparked an exodus of the large travelling support and Hibernian's misery was compounded in injury-time when Nish was sent off. The striker had been booked in the 83rd minute for a foul on Martin Canning and he received a second yellow card for an aerial challenge on McLaughlin.

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