Ronan Hughes believes Hamilton have enough fight to survive in the Premiership as they search for their first home league win of the season against Kilmarnock.

The midfielder believes there are plenty of positives for the Accies after the draw with Aberdeen last week.

Now the 21-year-old is hoping to earn the three points at New Douglas Park to lay down a marker for the remainder of the campaign.

“We’ve always been positive at training and around the club,” he said.

“That’s what the gaffer does. He has a positive look at things and makes sure we are working hard.

“With that said, we know that our results aren’t good enough so far this season.

“The form hasn’t picked up as much as we wanted yet, but we have more belief in ourselves. It can only get better from now on in.

“We were a bit disappointed not to have a game last Saturday after some positive performances [against Aberdeen and in the 2-1 defeat to Dundee United].

Hamilton's Marios Ogkmpoe (centre) celebrates making it 1-1 against Aberdeen
Hamilton's Marios Ogkmpoe (centre) celebrates making it 1-1 against Aberdeen

“For a team like us, we need to try and make our home games as difficult as possible for anyone coming to Hamilton.

“It’s something that we have to improve and we’re really positive that we can do it this weekend.

“The last couple of games have been two of our best performances so far this season.

“We are obviously not where we want to be in the table but we will keep fighting to improve the results.

“The last two performances show we are good enough to compete at this level and fight to survive.”

Hughes has had to battle back from injury so far this season after a hamstring knock early on.

However, he now hopes to play his part in Accies turning their campaign around, with stars like Charlie Trafford also closing in on a comeback.

Hughes continued: “Personally I think we have been quite unlucky with Covid and injuries so far this season. A lot of people have been out and we have been down to the bare bones at times.

“We had boys playing through injuries as well, when they probably wouldn’t have been if we had the full squad. We are starting to get some players back, and it’s helping.”

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