Reid looks attacking style

Wed, 25 Aug 09:17:29 2010

Hamilton manager Billy Reid will revert to his footballing principles after an attempt to battle through a difficult start to the season fell flat at Starks Park.

Hamilton's poor opening to their league season was compounded when Mark Ferry's goal handed Raith Rovers a 1-0 Co-operative Insurance Cup second-round victory.

"We made it a battle," Reid said. "That's probably the least football we've played in the five years I've been here. I had to do that but we'll go to Inverness and pass the ball because in terms of battling we're not good enough to go and battle teams. But we are good enough to pass it."

Reid is confident his team will soon recover when skipper Alex Neil and defenders Mark McLaughlin and David Elebert return from injury, although none will make the Inverness encounter.

Reid said: "There are eight players missing from the team of last season and it's giving me big, big problems. I'm asking players to come in and fill gaps.

"We're missing Neil, McLaughlin, Elebert and it's hard for us. They are big, big players, leaders on the park.

"I'm a great believer that the spine of the team has got to be correct.

"We have conceded five penalties in three matches, which is an unbelievable stat."

But Reid added: "We won't play like that at Inverness. We'll get the ball down and pass it the way Hamilton should and how we have progressed.

"If we get beat playing that way then I'll be happy but I'm not happy with that. To get outfought isn't good enough."


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