Hamilton manager Brian Rice has been left disappointed that his side haven’t taken maximum points from their derby match with Motherwell.

The Lanarkshire rivals played out a 0-0 draw at the Fountain of Youth Stadium. The Well played the whole second half with ten men after Chris Long was dismissed for two silly first half bookings.

Long was sent off. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rice’s side piled attacking pressure on but Well stopper Mark Gillespie was rarely called into action. A point puts Hamilton two points clear of Hearts although the Jambos have a game to spare. The Accies boss was disappointed not to have claimed his second derby win although he was delighted to be back in the dugout after serving a five-game touchline ban.

“It’s two points dropped,” said Rice. “I felt as though we were the better team overall, even at 11 v 11. 11 v 10 we had lots of possession and got into good areas. The final thing we do with the ball wasn’t there.

“Our crosses were pretty poor. Saying that, David Templeton has five or six shots at goal, normally David will score at least one of them. We tried to work the goalkeeper.

Templeton came close. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“Overall I’m just frustrated because I think we did enough to win the game. I think we’re missing more than a couple of strikers. You seen my team today, my bench, I’m decimated. That’s all I’ve got at the club.

“Scott McMann called off ill. Four attacking players out. We tried everything we could with what we had available and the boys responded brilliantly. They gave it everything.

“I feel as though I need to be down there with the boys. I’m in it with them, we’re all together. I’m delighted to be back down there.”

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