Furious Hamilton Accies boss says subbing three experienced stars gave them jag to recover in Alloa play-off tie

Hamilton Accies boss John Rankin says he needs players to take on responsibility to score goals or keep them out
Hamilton Accies boss John Rankin was furious with the start to the second half -Credit:SNS Group

Hamilton Accies boss John Rankin was furious with his side's start to the second half of their play-off clash with Alloa and says it took substituting three experienced stars to get the response he needed in the 2-2 draw.

Accies had led at half-time at the Indorill thanks to Euan Henderson acrobatic effort after 31 minutes. However a disastrous start to the second half saw the Wasps pull level inside 50 second through Taylor Steven before Kurtis Roberts fired them in front just eight minutes later.

Rankin responded by subbing skipper Scott Martin, Jamie Barjonas and Reghan Tumilty and he says that gave his side the impetus to get their equaliser 15 minutes from time through a Kevin O'Hara header.

He said: "I'm beyond raging. We started the second half really poorly and we knew Alloa would come out like that second half. We told them they would.

"I think the changes helped. It was a bold move to take off three experienced players in Scott Martin, Reghan Tumilty and Jamie Barjonas but I felt we needed a jag in the game and we got a reaction to that. Alloa were dominating at that stage and we had to shift the momentum and I felt that happened.

"The first goal is a good finish from the boy but we need to deal with it better. The second goal there is a wee bit of a ricochet and they react better than us so at that stage we are really disappointed.

"But we changed it and managed to get the goal to get us back in the game. It could have gone either way at the end, but it is all to play for on Saturday."

O'Hara powered a downward header past PJ Morrison from Ben Williamson's cross after ex-Waps Henderson hooked a volley into the top corner from Tumilty's header back across goal.

And Rankin was delighted with the quality of their finishes.

He added: "It is a great goal from Kev and Hendo's finish in the first half was really good as well. I felt we hesitated a wee bit towards the end when it came to pulling the trigger and we need to be more ruthless in the second leg.

"From a 2-1 deficit, I have got to be pleased to come away with a draw."

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