By Ben Johnston

New Hamilton head coach Stuart Taylor was shown the size of his task at the Scottish Championship club in a 2-0 home defeat to Kilmarnock.

Scott Robinson’s second half double sealed a comfortable victory for Kilmarnock, who maintained their 100% record in the division after three matches. Taylor was appointed Hamilton head coach on Friday as he replaces Brian Rice, following the latter’s resignation.

Taylor was supposed to be in the stands for the match as interim caretakers George Cairns and Guillaume Beuzelin took charge. But Taylor was on the touchline by full-time as he tried to spark some impetus into his side. Hamilton have one point so far following their relegation from the Premiership last term. Here are three things we learned.

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Taylor was given an insight. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

Kilmarnock’s business 

Summer acquisitions of Robinson, Liam Polworth and Stephen McGinn, along with keeping the likes of Chris Burke, Brandon Haunstrup and Rory McKenzie, have given Kilmarnock a promotion boost. Both were relegated from the top-flight last term but Kilmarnock look more equipped for potentially winning the second tier.

Ryan Isolation 

The frustration of Accies striker Andy Ryan and the home fans was clear to see as he had little support throughout the game, chasing balls and winning flick-ons for nobody to pounce on. Introducing David Templeton seemed to help but it still wasn’t enough for Accies to create a serious chance.


Its clear to see the improvements of a pre-season and summer additions to the Kilmarnock squad. Manager Tommy Wright has them playing fast-paced football with plenty of possession. They look like promotion candidates.

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