First Team

Smith ready for Accies

21st November 2016

Three points a must, insists Smith.

Liam Smith insists three points are a must against Hamilton tonight as he and his teammates set their sights on catching Aberdeen.

The Scotland U21 earned himself a starting berth in the 2-2 draw against St Johnstone last time out. Despite playing in a somewhat unfamiliar left-back position that day, he insists he’ll happily play anywhere as he bids to help the Jambos return to winning ways tonight.

“It’s always different playing on the left, you need to think about things a bit more. The pace of the game is quicker in the Premiership obviously, so it’s something you need to get used to,” Smith said.

“But if it means that I’m playing then I’m quite happy to do it. I’m playing on my weaker side so I see it as another string to my bow really.”

The Gorgie boys currently occupy 4th place in the Ladbrokes Premiership, but a win tonight would put them within a point of third-placed Rangers – and just two behind Aberdeen in second.

“It’s always difficult going to Hamilton. The pitch is tight, it’s astro turf and they come after the ball quickly. It’s important we get a result there.

“We need to look to catch Aberdeen so we need to pick up as many points as we can. We need to go and win at grounds like Hamilton.”

The youngster, who recently returned from a loan spell at Raith Rovers, also revealed his determination to nail down a regular starting spot in Robbie Neilson’s side.

“Obviously I’m still finding my feet within my team, but if I can continue to push on then it’s definitely my ambition to hold down my place here.

“I’m learning a lot every day. We do a lot of defensive work, both as a group and individually with video analysis.

“We all get individual clips from our games and Robbie will often go over them with you one on one, so his help has been really beneficial to me.”