Hamilton boss Brian Rice has one again praised his Hamilton young guns- with Middlesbrough loanee Sam Stubbs getting a special mention.

The club has been put in a positive mood over Christmas after a 2-1 win over Hearts. Goals from Mickel Miller and Will Collar put Accies on the road to victory, with Oliver Bozanic’s header not enough to topple their great efforts.

Accies secured a big win at the weekend. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

They’re three clear of bottom following this result, a big boost for Rice ahead of another big game against St Johnstone. Win that, and Accies could be out of the relegation zone.

Hamilton’s youngsters deserve credit for their weekend efforts, with Boro man Stubbs getting individual praise from Rice.

“It’s great to get the win,” Rice says. “We deserved to win and I’m standing up for the boys. They’ve been battered a wee bit. People keep saying about the losing run and it’s only been a goal here and there.

Rice had kind words for Hamilton and Middlesbrough defender Stubbs.

Rice had kind words for Hamilton and Middlesbrough defender Stubbs. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“They deserve praise for winning and it was all about them on Saturday. It’s a great learning curve. It’s all new to boys like Will Collar playing first-team football. The best way to learn is on the field.

“They will make mistakes. Sam Stubbs had a really poor game against St Mirren but his last two performances after that have been outstanding for a 20-year-old.

“You can’t beat experience of learning on the job.”

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