Hamilton boss Brian Rice was left to rue a lack of firepower up top although the youth within his side is a plus after Accies fell 1-0 to Aberdeen.

The game was settled by Accies youth product Lewis Ferguson, who fired home to lift the Dons into fourth. Accies meanwhile are a point off the bottom.

Accies are a point away from the basement. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rice admits his side were lacking a bit of a ruthless streak in attack. He said: “We’re disappointed to lose a goal from a set play, but fair play to Aberdeen, they’ve obviously come up with something.

“We can’t go and get people like Cosgrove. We’ve got to get lads in to try and develop them, like David Moyo’s came in from playing non-league football. George Oakley was the same before he went to Inverness.

“That’s our market, that’s where we’ve got to go and get boys and develop them or produce our own. Unfortunately the strikers we have on the development side of it aren’t ready yet.”

Accies have limited options in attack. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

When asked about potential movement on the striker front in January, the Accies boss said: “Every department is something you need to look at come January.”

Hamilton young team pleases Rice

Whilst he’s obviously disappointed that his side have lost to the Dons, Rice is taking some positives from the match.

He reckons that the side he fielded against Derek McInnes’ men was the youngest team to play for Hamilton in the Premiership.

Rice has said the youth at Hamilton is a positive. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The Accies boss added: “I had to change the team at 6pm, Brian Easton pulled out and young Jamie Hamilton stepped in. I thought he was tremendous.

“We had a couple of chances in the first half, they had a couple of chances. We were always in the game and everything we didn’t do Saturday we did better tonight.”

“It’s a young team out there that haven’t really played together, it’s probably the youngest team that’s played for Hamilton. Tonight though, I thought they showed that they are maturing.

Young players like Martin can drive Hamilton forward. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We’re obviously disappointed with the result and the young lads in there are disappointed as well. The positives are that when I look across the backline you’ve got Scott Martin at 22, a 20-year-old, a 17-year-old and a 23-year-old in my back four.

“If we can get these guys to gel and get them some more experience then it all bodes well for the future of Hamilton which is the most important thing.”

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