Accies academy graduate Reegan Mimnaugh has insisted he and his teammates are ready to bounce back from their defeat to Celtic.
He said: “This point of the season is a good time to put results behind you, the games come thick and fast.
“We have had a couple of disappointing results but it’s important to remember we have had a good month prior to that. St Johnstone are up next and there is no reason why we can’t finish the month with three points and kick on from here.
“This game gives us a chance to go into the game against Motherwell with a bit of momentum and start the new year strong.”
Earlier this season Mimnaugh was instrumental in his sides win against Motherwell and the midfielder is looking to take confidence from that performance as the Lanarkshire Derby soon approaches.
He said: “It was brilliant coming on and getting assists for the team. Every time I come on the pitch that’s the aim, to help the team in any way I can.”
The midfielder praised the influence of the coaching staff in preparing him to make the most of opportunities like these.
He said: “The staff give you as much confidence as they can. They help you prepare for the game and talk you through it, when you go out you know exactly what to expect.
“They remind you to play your own game, get stuck in and work as hard as you can for the benefit of the team.”
Mimnaugh insists playing alongside fellow academy graduates helps him to focus on the match and brings an aspect of normality.
He said: “I have been playing with Ronan for years and its good to play alongside players like him, Kyle [Munro], Andy [Winter] and Jamie [Hamilton] you have already gelled with them and you can take that into the first team.
“This takes away any nerves you have and allows you to focus on the game rather than everything round about it.”
Looking ahead to the second half of the season Mimnaugh and his teammates are looking to build on the positives from the first half of the season.
He said: “We have to keep doing all we can to climb that table, in the first half of the season there are positives to take but we have to build on that and improve.”