Jan 5 2012 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
HAMILTON boss Billy Reid urged his players to take Monday’s win at Queen of the South into their William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round clash at St Mirren this weekend.
Accies got 2012 off to a great start with a 2-1 triumph, courtesy of a Dougie Imrie double, and Reid hopes his side can take that performance into Saturday’s Cup clash against Saints, who are currently eighth in the SPL.
He said: “That was a massive win for us.
“We had our leader (Alex Neil) back, we were starting a new year, so we thought let’s go, try to make an influence and be positive.
“We came away from home and won, and we look forward to next week’s cup game at St Mirren.
“It’s a different type of game. I watched Saints against Dundee United last week and they played very well, but we’ve got a chance to get the ball down and play – and that’s important to us.”
The win at Palmerston Park was Hamilton’s first in six attempts and didn’t come without drama as Queens were awarded a second-half penalty – which stand-in keeper Scott Christie saved – then defender Mark McLaughlin was sent off after clashing with a Queens player.
Reid (below) said: “The linesman claimed Mark lifted his hands, and I certainly didn’t see that, but what you can say is that Mark shouldn’t have been in that position.
“The referee awarded a penalty against us and I was thinking ‘here we go, this is difficult’ but Scott pulled off the save.”
Hamilton last week added 17-year-old goalkeeper Blair Currie – on loan from Rangers – to their squad, which has been cut by the exits of Willie McLaren, Matt Paterson and Kevin McBride, while Derek Lyle’s contract runs out on Sunday.
Reid hinted those departures could pave the way for a new signing but added: “We’ve got good young players. “I’m happy to use them as long as I have the nucleus of my experienced players on the park.”