Killie’s Boxing Day winner is the one I’ll take on my chin, says Accies defender

Hamilton Accies defender Jamie Hamilton said he would take his Boxing Day mistake on the chin but was bitterly disappointed as it led to a knockout blow for Kilmarnock, who lost 3-2.

Dithering Hamilton was assaulted by Brandon Haunstrup seconds after winning the ball from Killie’s defender, then he cut the ball off for Fraser Murray to score Killie’s third killer.

James Fowler’s team seemed at home and dry then, before Accies forwards Andy Ryan and David Moyo saw the penalties saved by Zach Hemming – who then received a red card for fouling Ryan.

Josh Mullin then netted a goal for Accies with a formidable free kick and Ryan missed out on one last chance to snatch a point, but Killie held on for a win that propelled them to fourth in the championship standings.

The first half ended 2-1 against Killie, with Ronan Hughes’ opener canceled by a controversial Callum Hendry penalty, before Chris Stokes wound up in an unstoppable shot.

Hamilton says he will erase his mistake, but was bitterly disappointed to be punished.

He said: “I thought we created opportunities, and I thought we were unlucky too, that we couldn’t take them.

Accies took the lead quickly, but Kilmarnock quickly turned the tide

“The one I screwed up for, I’m going to take it on the chin and learn from it, but I felt like we could still have won the game.

“I am disgusted with myself, the team and everyone at the club, but I will learn from it.

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“I don’t really let that bother me, I’m pretty good with that stuff, and I’ve learned that from the past as well.

“I am annoyed and upset by the outcome, however.

“We weren’t lucky, we weren’t able to take any chances. We had a chance to win the game but we were unlucky with the two penalties and Chucky’s. [Ryan’s] chance too.

“I would expect Chucky to mark him, he wasn’t lucky and it wasn’t the night for us.

“It’s football, you don’t score, then they’re going to score, and it happens.”

Hamilton will travel to Gayfield midweek for a showdown with Dick Campbell’s Arbroath, who holds the league lead by three points, but one game less against Inverness.

Accies were left deflated at the final whistle
Accies were left deflated at the final whistle

The defender said Accies was looking to restore balance after a 4-0 humiliation earlier this season and wanted three points.

He said: “We are looking forward to it because the last time we went we lost 4-0 and it was not the result we were looking for.

“We are going back and we want to show that we are ready for it and that we want to go and win the game.”

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