Feb 23 2012 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
BILLY Reid has warned Morton that his Hamilton side will be out to prove a point when they visit Cappielow on Saturday.
The Greenock side ran out comfortable 2-1 winners at New Douglas Park on Valentine’s Day as Hamilton put in one of their poorest performances of the season, and Reid has seen a marked improvement since.
He said: “I think we’ve got a point to prove against Morton – that’s the one game recently when most of the players didn’t turn up, they are miles better than they were, and hopefully we can prove that on Saturday.
“To win a game you need six or seven guys turning up and we didn’t have that, so I don’t think I’ll need to do much of a team-talk to motivate them.”
Billy has been bemused this season as Accies have put in good performances but just not picked up results, and used Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Falkirk as a case in point.
Hamilton battered the Bairns but just couldn’t score, while Darren Dods netted one of Falkirk’s TWO chances.
Reid said: “The win on Tuesday was vital – if Raith Rovers had come here and turned us over it would have closed the gap on us to two points.
“Because of results in the last few weeks we’ve found ourselves in a bit of unnecessary pressure and it was a nervy occasion because of that.
“I don’t think we were in too much danger defensively and I thought we were solid enough.
“I’m not going to say we dominated the game because at no stage did I feel really comfortable, but I felt as though we were always in control.
“It was a massive win for us, especially at home. For some reason over the last season and a bit we’ve played well at new Douglas Park without getting results.
“We watched the DVD of the game against Falkirk on Monday and it was incredible; you say that sometimes you play games in their half, but we actually played the game in their BOX at times!
“The players were sitting there looking for answers and I couldn’t give them any, except to say keep doing what you are doing and it will turn for you.
“I think that was proved right on Tuesday when we got over the line and gave ourselves a bit of breathing space.
“I’ve said to the players that we can play better than that, but there was some pressure on us.
“I don’t think we’re too far away from our strongest XI, we’ve got a bit of consistency in our team selection which helps, and if we can keep our players fit we can have a good end to the season.”