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Accies boss urges caution

Hamilton boss Alex Neil is expecting a difficult match against Hibernian despite the contrasting fortunes of the teams ahead of Wednesday's Scottish Premiership play-off.

Accies go into the first leg at New Douglas Park having lost just once in 15 matches while Terry Butcher's side registered one victory in 18 games in their alarming slide down the league table.

Having seen Edinburgh rivals Hearts lose their place in the top-flight, Hibs will be desperate to avoid a capital double dip and Neil has warned his players against taking them lightly.

Speaking to Sky Sports News he said: "The pressure is on Hibernian. They are the Premiership team with Premier League players right through their squad.

"It is going to be a difficult task for us, without doubt, they have good players throughout their team but if we play well then we have a chance.

"Having the first leg here first means we have to try and establish a lead to take to Easter Road.

"The last thing we want to do is to have to go there and try to chase the game. It's really important we start well and ensure we take the pressure off for the second leg."

Asked what Hamilton would bring to the Premiership should they prevail over the two legs, Neil said: "Good young players.

"I think that's the biggest thing. They have shown at this level that they are one of the best teams in the league and I think for their progression they need to go to a higher level to test themselves."

Watch Hamilton take on Hibernian live from New Douglas Park from 7.30pm on Sky Sports 1 on Wednesday