Sam Woods has only just arrived in Hamilton from Crystal Palace- but the Eagles loanee says matches against the likes of Celtic are why he’s opted for Scottish football.

The Englishman has been tested since his arrival from the Selhurst Park side. He’s played twice in the Premiership so far, suffering 4-2 and 4-1 defeats.

Baptism of fire for the Crystal Palace man.

Baptism of fire for the Crystal Palace man. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Whilst the scoreline may read 4-1 for Accies’ encounter with Celtic, it doesn’t give credit to how well Woods and the Hamilton backline actually did. After taking the lead through Marios Ogkmpoe and playing brilliantly, things changed.

Jamie Hamilton was sent off in the 34th minute, with Odsonne Edouard scoring from the resulting free-kick. Woods and Hamilton held them back for so long, but eventually three goals were scored in the final 12 minutes.

It was good experience for the Crystal Palace loanee though and something he’ll learn from as he looks to gain further experience in South Lanarkshire.

Beneficial minutes. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

“It was a physical battle and they’re going to have a lot of the ball so you’ve got to be mentally switched on,” said Woods. “Jamie is obviously disappointed but he’s a young lad and we told him that he’ll learn from it.

“These things happen in football but he’ll be better for it. It’s hard against Celtic with 11 men, so it’s even harder when you go down to 10. But the boys dug deep and everyone can be proud of that performance up to the 78th minute and once they got the goal then heads drop.

“It was a great defensive performance, bodies on the line, and we have to take the positives – the fight and spirit – into the St Mirren game on Wednesday.

Woods is learning lots from testing experiences. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

“Games like this are exactly the reason I came to Scotland and I’ll learn a lot from that.”

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