Hamilton: Alex Neil lands October SPFL manager award

Hamilton manager Alex Neil
Hamilton have taken 24 points from their opening 12 games in the Premiership

Hamilton Academical's Alex Neil is the Scottish Professional Football League Premiership manager of the month for October.

The Lanarkshire side topped the league last month following a 1-0 win away to champions Celtic.

"We beat Celtic and Aberdeen so it's merited for how well the players have done," said Neil.

"Being the smallest team in the league, we're delighted with our start and our performances."

Accies, promoted via the play-offs, sit second in the top flight but Neil is anticipating a tougher second quarter of the season.

"I found at the start of the season people were coming here thinking they were better than us and just trying to outplay us," he explained.

"But we quickly showed that if we can play as well as we can, we are a match for anyone. We've seen these last few games that teams are now trying to stop us playing, which is a bit more difficult."

Hamilton were facing a third consecutive defeat last weekend before Tony Adreu's stoppage-time strike rescued a point in a 3-3 draw at home to Partick Thistle.

"It's pleasing to get the award but I'm just hoping the old curse doesn't come back to haunt us on Saturday," added Neil. "We want to get back to winning ways against Inverness."