Billy Reid pleased at Hamilton's recent form

Hamilton assistant manager Stuart Taylor and manager Billy Reid
Reid's Accies are now only three points behind St Mirren

Hamilton manager Billy Reid was a relieved figure after his team's first home win of the season and relegation rivals St Mirren's defeat at Inverness.

Accies' 1-0 win over Hibernian means they are three points behind the Buddies at the foot of the Scottish Premier League with two games to go.

"We're coming in to form at the right stage of the season," said Reid.

"It is very much in St Mirren's hands. If they win a game, they stay up. If they do that, then all credit to them."

Nigel Hasselbaink was the hero for the hosts at New Douglas Park, firing past Hibs keeper Jakub Divis in the 38th minute.

In Inverness, 11th-placed St Mirren went down to an 85th-minute Adam Rooney strike, ensuring a tense end to the season for Accies and the Paisley side.

"We're full steam ahead at the moment," Reid told BBC Scotland.

"We have won three out of our last four and we move into Tuesday's game against St Johnstone, which is no easy game. We've got to make sure we are ready.

"The effort, the endeavour of the players, we've had that all season, but now we are turning the performances into results and it is important at this stage of the season."

Reflecting on the win over Colin Calderwood's Hibs side, Reid remarked: "Over the 90 minutes I thought the best side won, but I thought today we started poorly.

"Hibernian had two real chances and we escaped those, we carried a wee bit of luck.

"After that we played some really good football, we always carried a threat going forward.

"We got our goal and should have scored before that. We were controlling the game but in the second half we panicked a bit.

"We missed the experience of Alex Neil in the middle of the park. I thought that was really evident today.

"There were four 19-year olds buzzing about there and there was a lack of experience at times, someone to put their foot on the ball."

Reid was helpless on the touchline as his players wasted several chances to double their lead, especially once Hibs were reduced to 10 men just before half-time when Francis Dickoh was sent off for his second bookable offence.

He added: "We had four, five, six great chances and when we didn't put the game to bed, there was a nervousness about us in the last 10-15 minutes.

"It was great entertainment for the fans, our first home win of the season - a long time coming."

Asked about the incident where his goalkeeper Tomas Cerny was fortunate not to have been penalised for a foul on Ricardo Vaz Te, the Accies boss said: "That's the wee breaks that maybe go for you at some stage of the season.

"I think we're due it, the things that have happened to us this season."

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