Hamilton manager Brian Rice has said that his side were well worthy of their 1-1 draw with Hibs.

The visitors took the lead through Stevie Mallan’s excellent strike from the edge of the area.

Mallan opened the scoring (Shaun Brooks/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Hamilton responded though in the second half through a Ross Cunningham penalty, who Rice revealed after the game has signed a new deal until 2022 with the club.

Speaking about the draw, Rice said: “A draw was probably a fair result. I thought first half Hibs had a lot of the ball and Stevie Mallan can score those goals, he has a great strike on him.

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“I did think we were a threat on the break and second half we came a lot more into the game. In my opinion, I think we deserved something from the game.

A well earned draw. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“I think you seen what Hamilton means to those players in that dressing room today. They give everything for me and I couldn’t ask for anything more of they boys.

“We tried to press Hibs and they were good enough to play through us, they have some good players. We changed it a wee bit and that helped us.”

Praise for Cunningham from Hamilton boss Rice

Accies goalscorer on the day, Cunnigham, caused Hibs problems from the minute he was introduced from the bench.

Cunningham has signed a new deal. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The 21-year-old scored a penalty shortly after his introduction before helping hold back the Hibs attack as they pressed for a winner.

He’s signed a new deal and his boss was full of praise for him: “Ross is playing with a bit of confidence just now, he’s got himself a few goals.

“He has just signed a new contract and had injury problems when I first came in. We have resolved them now and he’s enjoying himself.”

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