Hamilton Played Their Way To Safety

25 March 2010 07:59
Hamilton look to have secured SPL status for another season. Hamilton skipper Alex Neil believes they can match anybody in the top flight when they are at full strength. Accies appear to be safe from relegation this time around now that they are eight points above bottom club Falkirk thanks to a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Wednesday night. Mickael Antoine-Curier scored his second goal in two games following his return from knee surgery and Simon Mensing bulleted home a header as Hamilton took control midway through the first half. The goals were set up by James Wesolowski, who has missed much of 2010 with hamstring problems, and January signing Dougie Imrie. The pair helped give a real thrust to Hamilton's play with the in-form Flavio Paixao also adding to the Lanarkshire side's cutting edge. Hamilton boss Billy Reid has declared his current squad the best group of players he has worked with. Neil, who missed the first four months of the season due to recovering from hip surgery, also feels the club is in good shape after they stretched their unbeaten run to five games ahead of Saturday's visit of St Johnstone. He said: "I think if we have got our full squad, we have shown with the recent performances we are as good as anybody when we play to our potential. We have done that over the last three or four games and when Mickael is back in the team, he gives us a cutting edge to get goals that we maybe deserved in other games, but didn't get." The finale was closer than it should have been after Hamilton missed several chances before Chris Maguire pulled a goal back out of the blue. Imrie squandered the best chance to add a third when he curled wide with his right foot from 12 yards, but Neil is confident the former Inverness man will add goals to his impressive build-up play. Neil said: "To be fair, I think if it was on his left foot, he would have scored. It was on his wooden leg so he can't do much with that! But Dougie gets himself in great positions and his enthusiasm and the way he buzzes about is great for us. Just by the way he plays, he'll get himself chances." Editor Ger Harley (ger@scottishfitba.net)Admin Team (admin@scottishfitba.net)This is Scottish-Fitba.Net


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