Brian Rice says he and Hamilton Accies feel aggrieved after St Johnstone snatched a point with a late leveller that looked offside.

Liam Craig's ball over the top set up Guy Melamed to fire into the net and level Ross Callachan's spectacular opener.

Rice says he has seen the goal, and reckons it shouldn't have stood.

But he says his side will simply roll their sleeves up further in their fight for survival.

He said: "We're very disappointed to lose the late, late goal. We scored a fantastic goal to go in front and I thought we defended ever so well.

"I've seen the goal, I think it's offside. It doesn't matter what we think now, the linesman or the assistant referee, or whatever you want to call them didn't think so at the time, so it's just one of those things.

"Once again you saw a team out there fighting like hell, and it's another point.

Hamilton players celebrate Ross Callachan's opener, but their joy was short-lived
Hamilton players celebrate Ross Callachan's opener, but their joy was short-lived

"We're still bottom of the table on goal difference, with a game in hand, but it doesn't mean anything if you don't take anything from it.

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"I thought we scored a fantastic goal, and the longer the game was going I felt it was going to be enough to win the game, but obviously it wasn't."

Had Hamilton held on, it would have moved them up to 10th in the table, which would have been significant, but Rice says that just shows what is possible.

He said: "It showed us what can be done.

"We've been over the course before, at this time of the season you can either deal with it or you can't deal with it, and I know my lads can deal with it, so it's just a matter of going out there.

"A win can put you up a couple of places, a draw can keep you where you are, although it puts us level with Kilmarnock now and we've still got a game in hand.

"We hit the post, but St Johnstone had chances as well.

"They came here as cup winners, and that will give them a boost.

"They're a good, strong, attacking team. We know that, we've seen that all season.

"But I think tonight we feel a wee bit aggrieved, I feel aggrieved about the goal, but it's another point towards safety."

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