Hamilton remain pointless at the foot of the Scottish Premiership table after defeat to Ross County.

Ryan Fulton spilled a cross allowing the Highland visitors striker Billy McKay to bury the ball in the corner for the only goal of the game.

It's two defeats from two for the Accies, but what did we learn? Lanarkshire Live Sport takes a look.

Fulton at fault

With Brian Rice confirming earlier this week that he was in the market for a new goalkeeper, Ryan Fulton again had a chance to impress.

His point-blank save from Lee Erwin in the first-half showed once again that he is a decent shot-stopper, and he was a reliable distributor of the ball when called upon.

However, the weak spots in his game seem to be when collecting crosses.

Fulton flapped at substitute Josh Mullin's cross after 70 minutes and Michael Gardyne had an open goal to aim at, and moments later it was a carbon copy of the howler as Billy McKay opened the scoring.

Billy McKay scores to make it 1-0 Ross County
Billy McKay scores to make it 1-0 Ross County

Defensive depth questioned

Rice opted for a new defensive partnership as he dropped Jamie Hamilton from the starting line-up in favour of Markus Fjortoft.

Given his chance alongside Shaun Want it was the Norwegian's chance to impress. However, he never looked comfortable as The Staggies pressed the backline.

With Want seemingly the first-choice, Rice now has a big decision over the heart of this defence. Does he stick with what he has, or move to recruit more new faces at New Douglas Park?

Goals win games

The most obvious of football clichés, but despite Ross County's perfect start to the top flight there wasn't much to separate the sides on the day.

An error and a clinical Billy McKay finish was just enough.

While David Moyo seemingly won every aerial battle, he needs support to take the knock-downs and have a strike at goal.

New signings Tumbe Owalafi and Justin Johnson will be hoping to grab their chance, and the presence of Marios Ogkmpoe was a big miss for the hosts.

Hamilton''s David Moyo and Jordan Tillson in action during a Scottish Premiership match between Hamilton Academical and Ross County at New Douglas Park,
Hamilton''s David Moyo and Jordan Tillson in action during a Scottish Premiership match between Hamilton Academical and Ross County at New Douglas Park,

Smith the standout

On a tough afternoon, Lewis Smith continued to impress for Accies.

The midfielder is fearless on the ball and drives the side forward when on the back foot.

The 20-year-old looks set to be the next academy break-out star at New Douglas Park.

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