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GUILLAUME BEUZELIN, Hamilton’s stand-in boss while Brian Rice continues to serve his five-game ban, rued his team’s misfortune as they toppled 4-1 to Rangers in the Scottish Cup yesterday.

Accies lost Steve Davies and Andy Dales within moments of each other with injuries towards the end of a battling first-half performance at the FYO Stadium.
And Beuzelin then had to use his final substitution at the break as Mikel Miller – who had come on to replace Dales – was also forced off with a problem.

Steven Gerrard’s side accepted the initiative and controlled the second 45 minutes as the home outfit failed to build on a well-worked equaliser from Lewis Smith.

Beuzelin, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “It was hard to take for the boys because again they gave so much. The effort was there, our game plan to be nice and compact with two boys up front.

“Obviously, that leaves space on the side and Rangers captialised by two crosses and we could not deal with that. We need to learn from it and deal with crosses better.

“It was difficult situation to deal with: three injuries almost at the same time. In second-half, when we chased the game a bit, it is very tiring for the players and usually you can put on substitutes in the 60th minute and 75. We couldn’t do that and conceded goals in this period. It was a big influence on the game.”

Boss Rice handed youngster Andy Winter his first start and the striker looked the part. Beuzelin added: “For his first time he did really well. He got a chance, just after half-time, the ball over the top and he rushed it a little bit.

“He will watch that and think I could have done better. I have seen him for Under-18s and reserves and he has done better. He will be frustrated, but it is a great learn.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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