Accies boss Billy Reid admits relegation is looming

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Billy Reid concedes that relegation will be difficult to avoid for Hamilton Accies

Hamilton manager Billy Reid admits avoiding relegation is going to be difficult after losing 3-1 away to St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League.

Bottom-placed Accies are now nine points behind the Buddies, having played one game more.

"It's going to be difficult," Reid told BBC Scotland. "We would need to win every game.

"But you can't tell me St Mirren are a better team than Hamilton Accies - I can't have that."

Michael Higdon's hat-trick put paid to Accies' afternoon, despite going ahead through David Buchanan shortly before half-time.

Higdon netted three goals in the space of 10 minutes to seal the points for the Buddies and give Reid's side a mountain to climb if they are to avoid relegation to the First Division.

"They deserved their win - they got three goals, so all credit to them," said Reid.

"I thought we were in total control of the game in the first half - we dominated the game, in fact.

"But we've been here so many times. We knew they would come out and pin us back, and they got the goal and we got a man sent off, a crazy two minutes which put the game up in the air.

"For me, the best team lost the game - but it's all about scoring goals."

Martin Canning was sent off after denying St Mirren's Paul McGowan a goal-scoring opportunity, which gave Higdon his second goal from the spot, but Reid had no complaints over the decision - although bemoaned his side's discipline as a factor in failing to win a league match in 21 games.

"I think we've given away 15 penalties this season, and I don't know how many red cards," said Reid.

"It's been the killer of our season, and it happened again today.

"But we have to keep on playing, even when we go to 10 men - it's the only way to make progress.

"My belief is, even in defeat, if they keep doing that, they'll be okay.

"But we've lost the game, and we need to kick on.

"It's a kick in the teeth - we played well at times, but when it comes to defending, we've just not done it."

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