Brian Rice insists Hamilton aren’t getting the breaks they need to turn around their form slump, after going down 1-0 at Aberdeen.
Accies now haven’t won in 11 games, and while Rice knows he needs to strengthen, he says it won’t be easy to do that on the budget they have.
Head coach Rice says the young lads in his team are gaining valuable experience, but need to learn what it’s like to win.
In the end, Sam Cosgrove bagged his 19th goal of the season to separate the sides, and Rice said: “We stayed in the game until half-time, lost a sloppy goal, but kept going until the end.
“I feel for the boys in the dressing room, because they’re giving everything they’ve got, but we can’t get a wee break and that’s just the way it has been for the last few weeks.
"It would be nice to see them getting a break. We've played Rangers, Celtic, Livingston away, we've been up at Aberdeen, and it has been one goal in the game. Rangers scored another in the last minute, but other than that it has been close.
"It’s fine margins, it’s one goal here, one goal there, but with three games to go before the split, we need to start picking up points, and we need to start next week.
“Football is about winning; I know that, the players know that. The experience they’re gaining is fantastic, but those kids need to know what it feels like to win.
"It's great getting a pat on the back now and again when you play well, but you want a pat on the back when you win, and that's what we need to try and achieve."
On recruitment, Rice said: “We know the boundaries in which we work, and who we can go and recruit. I can’t get a Sam Cosgrove or a Lyndon Dykes.
“It will take hard work, and you can see that the boys are giving everything out there. Aberdeen are supposedly the third-best team in Scotland, but in the 95th minute, at 1-0, we were still going forward, trying to score a goal, so the belief is there with the boys. Maybe the quality lacks a wee bit, but I can’t ask any more than what they’re giving.”
Alex Gogic is available again after serving a suspension in the match at Aberdeen.