Hamilton Accies boss Brian Rice was happy to see his team bounce back from midweek defeat as he sent a message to those ‘behind keyboards.’

The South Lanarkshire gaffer and his team were subject of criticism online from Accies fans after their 3-1 defeat to League Two Annan Athletic on Tuesday. But they put that behind them with a 2-1 win over Ayr United in their second League Cup group stage match.

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Rice’s men bounced back against Ayr. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

First-half goals from Marios Ogkmpoe and Charlie Trafford were enough for Rice despite a second-half Ayr fightback.

After the match, the Hamilton manager praised his players for putting what happened at Galabank behind them, urging those who have a problem with him to sort things face-to-face rather than make comments on social media.

“It’s really important that we won today, that was the objective and we’ve done it,” said Rice. “It’s our first home league win, so that’s got that monkey off our back, and our striker has scored.

Ogkmpoe scored his first of the season. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“It’s a good day. We made a mistake and they scored from it, and we had a couple of chances at the other end, but the most important thing was that we bounced back today and keep ourselves in the competition.

“We had a really poor result in midweek, we took criticism and I took criticism, but we can’t get criticised too much today. I don’t go online, people tell me what is said online. If you have something to say come say it to me and knock on my door, say it to my face.

“I don’t go online and speak to people who hide behind keyboards. Be man enough to come and chap my door and say by the way I don’t like this, and that’s fair enough. We can’t do anything about history, and today is history now as well.

“Tomorrow morning it’s gone and people will keep bringing it up (defeat to Annan) but it’s gone as well. It’s our job to keep bouncing back and we did that today.”

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