Hamilton boss Brian Rice has warned his relegation battlers that past derby results will count for nothing when they clash with Motherwell in midweek.
Accies, who were idle last weekend while Motherwell fought out a Scottish Cup fourth round tie with Morton on Friday night, have won all three clashes with their local rivals this term, with a 1-0 triumph at Fir Park back in August, followed by a 3-0 win at New Douglas Park in January and a 4-1 thrashing of 10-man ‘Well in February.
In fact, Hamilton are undefeated in their last five derbies against Motherwell, with four wins and a draw in that sequence.
The last time the Steelmen came out on top was at New Douglas Park on August 24, 2019, when they won 3-1.
But Rice says none of that matters, and simply hopes to take the performance from their lasat game against Dundee United, a 1-0 defeat, into the match.
Accies shipped an early goal to United and then passed up several chances, and on April 21 Rice will be looking for a better end product.
“The thing that gives us hope is the way we’re playing at the minute and the chances we’re creating.
“That’s as far as I’ll look, I looked back on Saturday, saw how well we played, saw the chances we created, so that gives us plenty of belief and plenty of hope.
“We hope to take the positives from Saturday into [this] game.
“We created a lot of chances and the frustration was that we didn’t take several of them.
“I thought our play deserved that, and we feel a wee bit aggrieved that we never got anything from the match.
“You’d like to think that if we had taken some of our chances then we would have got the three points.”
Rice added: “Performances have been good lately, the only thing that’s been missing is the most important thing, and that is goals.
“We’re trying to address that, to keep playing as well as we have been, and take our chances when they come along.
“We take the positives from the last few performances, and hopefully we can put an end product on it.”
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