Shell-shocked Andy Ryan insists Hamilton fans' anger at the 6-1 defeat against Partick Thistle on Friday night was mirrored by the players, and says everybody must stick together.

Stuart Taylor's side have a week to prepare before heading to Kilmarnock on Saturday, welcoming Queen of the South in midweek, and then heading to Greenock for a clash against Morton the following weekend.

It's a three-game period that can go a long way towards propelling Accies up the Championship... or leaving them down at the bottom.

Ryan admits there is a lot to fix, but points out that few game Accies any hope before they beat league-leaders Inverness earlier this month.

He said: "There's not much I can say after that, really, it's just nowhere near good enough.

"To go in 1-0 down at half-time was disappointing, but to come out in the second half we've still got a chance, and then to concede another five goals is just not good enough.

"The fans voiced their frustration at the end and quite right - they pay their money to come and watch and we've given them nothing tonight, absolutely nothing.

Ryan was left frustrated by a lack of chances against Ian McCall's side
Ryan was left frustrated by a lack of chances against Ian McCall's side

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"They pay their money, they're entitled to their opinion, and on tonight's performance they were right.

"But that anger is the exact same on the pitch - we know that's nowhere near good enough and we're not going to kid anybody on. That same anger is the same from us on the pitch as well, and you're trying to get that point across to your teammates.

"There's genuinely not much you can say. There were a few words spoken in there by certain individuals, but at the end of the day it's just a really bad day at the office.

"We'll be back in, we'll analyse the game, go over it, and it could be a while going over the mistakes, but we'll go again. We've done it before.

"We need to stick together, we can't let this push us back even further, we need to keep going, and look to a difficult game next week."

Kilmarnock have already run out 2-0 winners at New Douglas Park earlier this season, but Ryan insists Accies will go into the Rugby Park clash and try to take points.

"Against Inverness nobody gave us a chance, but we went in and won that game, so it's a game we will be going into, looking to win," he said.

"We do need to make a lot of improvements on tonight's performance, but this week we'll try and work on things and we'll go there and look to get a positive result."

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