Hamilton 1-0 Motherwell: Canning and Imrie relish home advantage

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at New Douglas Park
Martin Canning
Martin Canning's Hamilton are fifth in the Premiership after eight matches

Hamilton Accies are refusing to raise targets above Premiership survival, despite a fourth win of the season that takes them up to fifth in the table.

Manager Martin Canning, though, admits their excellent home form is providing a solid platform on which to build.

The win over Motherwell means Accies have not lost at home for nine games - a record that goes back to February.

"If your home form's good, it gives you a big opportunity to stay in the Premiership," he told BBC Scotland.

"If we can keep picking up points at home, hopefully that gives us the platform to try to stay in the league."

Match-winner Dougie Imrie was similarly cautious after the 1-0 victory at New Douglas Park.

"It's imperative you try to win most of your home games to try to stay in the league," he stressed.

"We don't listen to what anyone's got to say, who tips us to go down. If anything it's a motivation to prove people wrong.

"We're delighted with the start we've had. It could have been better but we'll take the 13 points so far."

Imrie is, though, confident that the additions to the squad over the summer mean Accies are well equipped to ensure Premiership survival again.

"I think the manager's brought in a couple of gems," he added.

"I think Gramoz (Kurtaj) has added real quality to the team. We lost Tony (Andreu) halfway through last season. I think Gramoz is the same kind of player.

Motherwell duo Connor Ripley and Louis Moult look dejected at the final whistle
Motherwell duo Connor Ripley and Louis Moult look dejected at the final whistle

"Anton (Kurakins) at left back and big Lucas (Tagliapietra) as well - great additions to the squad and it's only made us stronger."

Motherwell, meanwhile, may also be thinking that Premiership survival is their priority after slipping to third bottom.

Yet Ian Baraclough remains bullish about his side's abilities and confident goals and results will soon come.

"It's certainly not the case of not creating any (chances). We've had really good chances to go and make the keeper work, hit the target or get the shot away early," said Baraclough.

"Whether we're looking for the perfect scenario, we should be getting more from balls coming in from wide areas.

"You have to believe it will click."