Hamilton manager Reid keeping feet on the ground

Hamilton manager Billy Reid
Reid hopes Hamilton's win will boost confidence

Hamilton manager Billy Reid insists his side are "not getting carried away" after picking up a rare win in their fight against relegation.

Scottish Premier League bottom club Accies won 2-1 against Hibernian at Easter Road and now sit nine points behind St Mirren with five games left.

"We realise exactly where we are," said Reid. We've only managed three victories but it's quite astonishing.

"We're more than capable of beating teams at this level."

Reid's men were 2-0 up at the break with James Chambers' opener added to by Liam Miller's own goal.

Akpo Sodje pulled one back for Hibs and Hamilton dug deep to resist the home side's fightback.

"I think 3-0 would've been a fair reflection of the score at half-time," said Reid. "For the first 45 minutes, we dominated. We played really, really well, we passed the ball, we had a cutting edge, which is important and we made the park big.

"We scored one great goal, we were a bit fortunate with the second if I'm being honest.

"We knew in the second half that Hibs would come out, they pushed us back as you'd expect. I felt pretty comfortable until the goal. It's not a good goal for us to concede.

"And then we got really, really nervous. We've not won for quite some time and we've not got an experienced side. We've got nobody over 30 years of age and I think it shows at times.

"Alex Neil came in and he marshalled us absolutely brilliantly. If Alex Neil was not playing today I don't know if we would've got over the line. His experience was vital.

"I've got to give a mention to young Lee Kilday as well, our under-19s' captain. I thought he stood up really, really well."

Reid feared the worst after Sodje's goal, given Accies' track record this season.

"We rode our luck a wee bit at times in the second half but over the season, I think we deserved that," said the Hamilton boss.

"There have been so many games where we've lost last-minute goals. It's been our Achilles heel this season.

"I just think it's a wee bit of lack of experience, wee bit of lack of know-how. When you've not won games, people do get nervous."

Aberdeen at New Douglas Park are next up for the basement club.

"This will certainly be a big, big boost for us going into the Aberdeen game," Reid said.

"We're more confident, we're at home, we've not won at home all season and that'll be our aim."

Hamilton were forced into a late change to their line-up after goalkeeper Tomas Cerny pulled up in the warm-up.

"He's picked up some sort of small bug but I know Sean Murdoch's an able deputy, he's a good size," added Reid.

"He's had to play second fiddle for a long, long time to Tomas Cerny but Sean's a good goalkeeper."

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