Boss Billy Reid positive despite Hamilton's relegation

Billy Reid is caught in the McDiarmid Park downpour
Reid's sides' hopes were washed away at McDiarmid Park

Billy Reid concentrated on thoughts of rebuilding rather than hard-luck stories as his Hamilton Accies side's relegation was confirmed.

"I don't want to make any excuses," the manager said after his side suffered their seventh red card and conceded their 15th penalty of the season.

"We know our fate. We finished bottom of the pile, but we have some great players here next season."

And Reid praised those players despite the 1-0 defeat at McDiarmid Park.

"The one thing I get off my players is effort and endeavour," he said.

"We lose our 14th penalty of the season and get a man sent off again and we have a mountain to climb.

"We changed it a bit at half-time, but we were always in the game.

"The effort and endeavour I get off my players and the fitness levels are fantastic and at one stage it looked like we might get something."

Tomas Cerny, who had been beaten by Liam Craig's 28th-minute spot kick, saved a second from the same player.

And Reid believes his side were denied an opportunity to equalise when his side claimed for a penalty for a Michael Duberry challenge on Dougie Imrie.

"I am not going to have a go at Steve Conroy - I have a lot of respect for him," the Accies boss said of the referee.

"But how he missed the two-handed push on Dougie Imrie, I'll never know."

Reid sidestepped questions about the future of in-form Cerny now that Accies have slipped six points behind St Mirren with a game to go following the Paisley side's 1-0 win away to Aberdeen.

"Tomas has been sensational since we picked him up four seasons ago," he said.

"We won the First Division with him when he played 20 games at the end of the season and he has been absolutely fantastic for me.

"But I've got other fantastic players as well - five or six of them.

"At one stage I was going to make changes and I didn't know who to take off and the reason I didn't know who to take off was because everyone to a man gave me everything and, for me as a manager, that is pleasing."

Reid, who turned down the opportunity to move to Swansea City last summer, also avoided questions about his own future.

"I'm sitting here tonight and I'm a manager who has been relegated and I am quite happy to take that," he said.

"I realise the size of the club and the restrictions we work under.

"It has been a strange season. Fifteen penalties in the one season - that tells you everything.

"It has been a fantastic ride for us - three years in the SPL.

"We've has so many highs, players have moved on and we'll go and develop our own players again.

"I'll sit down with the chairman and plan for the following season.

"The one thing I'll guarantee when we go into in the First Division, they'll all know we'll come to play, we'll bring our young players through again and play in the right manner and, for me, that is very important."