Gary Doctor has told Hamilton Accies Women to focus on their next few games after suffering a 6-0 thumping against Celtic on Sunday.

Accies travel to Petershill Park this Sunday to face Partick Thistle Women, and while he doesn’t expect an easy game, Doctor says their early-season SWPL1 run has seen them clash with professional clubs Rangers, Glasgow City and Celtic.

He hopes picking up some results against teams that are around about them in the table will enable them to build confidence and try to move up the league.

Doctor said: “The way we hung in there showed a bit of character.

Doctor hopes his side can get back on track, starting at Partick Thistle today
Doctor hopes his side can get back on track, starting at Partick Thistle today

“Losing a couple of goals just before half-time killed the game, we had to show a bit of character in the second half, I think we did that, and we got good impact from the subs.

“We said at half-time that it was important to take something forward into the coming games, and I think we got that.

“It won’t be an easy game on Sunday, they’re always really competitive matches against Thistle, and they had a good result at the weekend so will have gained a lot from that.

“I think it goes back to one of those games though where it’s a maybe a bit more open, more evenly-matched teams, who know each other pretty well.

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“When you’re playing against teams like Celtic and so on, not only are they very strong, but there are some players there you don’t know much about, because they’re new to our league, to our country and you’ve only seen snippets in a couple of games.

“It will certainly be a tough match, but it’s one that we’re capable of getting a result from.”

Accies started the season in perfect fashion with an opening day win over Hearts.

But they’ve since lost five games on the bounce.

Celtic rattled six past Accies last Sunday
Celtic rattled six past Accies last Sunday

Doctor added: “When your first three home games are against professional teams it’s not easy – I would defy anybody to look at it otherwise.

“With those games against the likes of Celtic, City and Rangers, you can’t read too much into them.

“You’re obviously disappointed in one or two moments, particularly goals you’ve conceded that looked pretty poor and things like that, but you’ve got to contextualise it and understand that it’s different ball games that we’re operating at.

“There are things we can do better, and maybe that wee rub of the green that we got at the start is now going the other way, but we just need to make sure we’re looking after ourselves.”

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