Accies worthy of a point - Reid

Last updated : 03 April 2010 By BBC Sport

Billy Reid felt his Hamilton team were worthy of a point in their 1-0 defeat at Ibrox, insisting James McArthur's disallowed goal should have stood."I thought it was a goal but I'm not angry. The officials have got to make decisions," said Reid of McArthur's late effort, which was ruled offside.

"I thought we more than deserved a point and I don't think anybody in the ground would have argued with that.

"I thought in terms of how we tried to play the game we were brilliant."

Despite the defeat, Hamilton's future in the Scottish Premier League looks secure. They are eight points ahead of bottom team Falkirk with six games to go before the season ends.

At Ibrox, especially in the first half, they put Rangers on the back foot and controlled much of the play.

"Right from the off we set out our stall to get the ball down and pass it. I told everybody to take responsibility," Reid told BBC Scotland after the match.

"We have come a long way from where we were. We got beat 7-1 and 5-1 here. I thought for long spells we dominated the football.

"Allan McGregor had a fantastic save, Flavio (Paixao) had a smashing chance earlier on. I can't ask any more of my players. The manner of how they play is important to me.

"(Alex) Neil and McArthur, to me, are as good as any midfielders in Scotland. I have said it continually and I think they proved it today.

"We have been playing really well in recent weeks but to come here and show the responsibility, the maturity, to come and take the ball for long spells in the game, says a lot for the players."

Maurice Edu's 11th-minute strike was enough to consign Hamilton to their first league defeat in seven matches, but the Accies boss is sure the linesman called it wrong when he ruled McArthur's late goal offside.

Neil's floated free-kick appeared to be headed on by Thomas, who was marginally offside, and the ball was touched into the net by Wigan target McArthur to silence the Ibrox crowd.

But television replays appear to suggest that Thomas made no contact with the ball and that McArthur had come from an onside position.

"I don't have to see it again," insisted Reid. "Joel Thomas was standing in an offside position. I think that's why the linesman has given it.

"James McArthur has come from a deep position. I thought it was a goal. I can't believe it. It has gone against it."

With McArthur set to visit Wigan with a view to a summer move to join former team-mate James McCarthy, Accies fans will have been encouraged by the performances of substitutes Kyle Wilkie and Ali Crawford.

"We've got a young boy, Grant Gillespie, who didn't get on the park, who is a fantastic player as well," said Reid.

"Kyle Wilkie and Ali Crawford, both 18, have come in and they didn't look out of place.

"They are both comfortable on the ball and the one thing we strive for at this football club is to promote young players."

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport