Hamilton 'victims of fixture list', says Martin Canning

Hamilton player-manager Martin Canning
Martin Canning became player-manager after Alex Neil left for Norwich

Martin Canning believes he has been a victim of a tough fixture list rather than deteriorating form since taking over as Hamilton Academical boss.

Accies have failed to win any of their six games since predecessor Alex Neil moved to Norwich City.

"That's been difficult," said Canning. "But that's football - you can't pick and choose your fixtures.

"I've spoken to Alex about it and we both agree I probably couldn't have had a harder run of games to come into."

Accies have drawn their last two games after four straight defeats and Canning believes a first victory as player-manager is overdue.

"With a little bit of luck, we could have won our last two games against Dundee and Kilmarnock," said the 33-year-old defender.

"Things would have been totally difficult if we had done that. Since I've taken over, we have had a hard run.

Martin Canning (right) in action against Kilmarnock
Martin Canning (right) was in the starting line-up as they drew 0-0 with Kilmarnock on Saturday

"We've got Aberdeen on Saturday and then Celtic for the second time in a few weeks. We've also had Dundee United and Inverness, so I've already faced the top four teams."

Despite the poor results, Hamilton remain fifth in the Scottish Premiership, seven points ahead of St Johnstone.

"This run is obviously something we want to sort sooner rather than later," added Canning. "But, performance-wise, a lot of what we are doing is right.

"It is literally just about putting the ball in the net. That's all that is missing.

"Through the course of a season, you will go through wee spells when you have purple patches and score lots of goals and then you will have times when it's the exact opposite. That's what we have got right now.

"It just so happens that it has coincided with a change in manager.

"But there's not a lot to worry about because, when we analyse the games, we are still creating opportunities. If we weren't then I'd be worried."