Skipper Brian Easton insists Hamilton's young guns will recover quickly from the "shock to the system" of their heavy defeat to Partick Thistle.

The 33-year-old has seen it all during three-spells at Accies over the years, from the highs in the Premierships to lows of relegation.

But for many of the squad, last Friday night's hellish experience will have been a new one with more than half a dozen teenagers in the first-team squad.

Easton admits that the youngsters being booed by their own fans and seeing many leave early will have been a learning curve for them.

Brian Easton with young defender Luke Matheson after a win at Queen of the South in August

But he's put an arm around them this week and believes they have the strength of character to get a result at Kilmarnock this afternoon and get back on track.

He said: "I think if you've not really experienced things like that, it can be a wee shock to the system.

"It's something that you have to experience and build a wee bit of resilience to.

"Part of my responsibility here is making sure these boys know that it's about not dwelling on things, it's about getting back on the pitch and working hard.

"We've got a great set of lads here and the staff are all great with the younger players as well, so it's not something we worry about, the young boys losing confidence.

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"The main thing for me is bouncing back on Saturday because if we do that, then the boys will see when we get a positive result after a bad result like that, they'll see it's not all doom and gloom.

"It's not forever - football can change so quickly.

Thistle ran out comfortable winners at Hamilton
Thistle ran out comfortable winners at Hamilton

"I'm not worried about them. They've all got good heads on their shoulders."

The Kilmarnock clash kicks-off a big week for Accies, with the visit of Queen of the South to come on Tuesday and a trip to Morton next Saturday to follow.

And the importance of the triple-header isn't lost on the defender.

Easton added: "It's still early doors, but you do think about where you are in the table at this point in the season and picking up points.

"You do look at these games as being very important, even although it is still early in the season.

"But I think with how tight this league is, and with any team capable of beating the other teams, it's really important to pick up as many points as we can as early as we can.

Kilmarnock have already defeated Accies 2-0 this season, back in August
Kilmarnock have already defeated Accies 2-0 this season, back in August

"It's a big three games for us, especially after Friday night.

"It's important that we bounce back, get points on the board and get back to the way the manager wants us to play."

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