Accies defender Jamie Hamilton has called on himself and his team mates to use their dominant victory against Motherwell as a step to build momentum in the second half of the season.
Hamilton said: “Myself and the lads are looking forward to the rest of the season. A performance like that gives us all great confidence. It was important that we started the year strong and we could not have done that any better.
“We want to keep this going. Getting the win and the three points is massive for us, it gives us confidence and we want to keep going into the Kilmarnock game.”
The defender was delighted with the win: “That performance was exactly what we wanted to do, we did what was needed and controlled the game.
“We worked hard defensively as a team and I feel we defended well and from there we were able to create chances.
However, Hamilton was disappointed not to share the delight from the victory with the fans. He said: “The fans are what makes a derby so special, we know how much this match means to them, we would love to have the opportunity to share this win with them. That would probably be the only downside.”
The academy graduate praised the resilience which the squad showed during the first half of the season. He said: “There were difficult spells during the first half of the season, but we have come through it stronger; our performances recently show that.”
With goalkeeper Ryan Fulton side-lined through injury and club captain Brian Easton side-lined during the match Hamilton praised the adaptability of the defence to adapt to enforced changes.
He said: “That is our second clean sheet in a row, that gives us confidence, the players coming in have the confidence to slot in. Keeping the clean sheet gives us the platform to build on a strong defence in the upcoming games.”