The appearance of Shaun Hutchision in central defence alongside our returning Captain Craigan produced a solid partnership which lead to our clean sheet despite the pressure that the relegation threatened Accies threw at our goal. The youngster looks the part and he deserved the plaudits that the manager sent his way after the game. "I was delighted with young Shaun," said McGhee. "He didn't put a foot wrong throughout the whole game. He didn't look out of place and that is obviously a great marker for next season. He is someone that we may be able to build on and include on a more regular basis."
Paul Slane looked lively on the right wing when he got a run for the last few minutes of the game. It could well be the case that we'll see more of the youngsters in the last game of the season when Kilmarnock, now safe, drop in at Fir Park.
The surface at Hamilton was superb and the players were able to take advantage knowing that random bobbles were not going to cause them to look foolish. The contrast in the style of play evident at Paisley and Hamilton compared that they are forced to endure at home was marked.
Surely the remodelling of the Fir Park pitch will not only save us from the embarrassment of postponed matches but also deliver the prospect of a return to the passing game which served us so well last season.
Next Saturday will see the 46th competitive match for the players and a win would let us post a 51 points total for the season. Let's hope that the fans allow them an end of season lap of honour so we can thank them for their efforts.