Brian Rice hailed Hamilton Accies’ comeback as incredible as he lauded the quality of his three substitutes.

Accies looked destined for defeat in their opening game in the Championship but they rallied to score four goals in 26 minutes.

Boss Rice introduced Scott McMann, Andy Ryan and David Templeton as substitutes and they all made a significant impact.

Ryan assisted and scored, McMann assisted while Templeton’s quality has been sorely missed by Accies to leave Rice delighted.

“It was incredible that we got the four goals back,” said Rice. “We’ve just spoken about never, ever giving up and you always have to just keep going.

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“You just need a wee bit of luck and a wee bit of belief. You see the difference when we got our quality players on the pitch.

“Fair play to McMann, Templeton and Ryan because they’ve only trained for a week. They’ve not had a proper pre-season or any game time.

“I needed the lads to fill the bench today and to come off the treatment table. Credit to them for putting their bodies and changing the game for us.

Andy Ryan (left) made a brilliant impact off the bench

“Everyone knows where we are numbers wise but they give us that quality off the bench.

"That was the difference today, they were creating things and I’m delighted that they never gave up.

“I’ve been involved in a game like that as a player but never as a manager. I thought when the second goal went in that the next goal would be important.

“I’ve been in positions when you’re two or three ahead and you lose a goal.

"Our boys got a bit of belief and the rest of the players gained belief from knowing that they had that quality in front of them.

Rice’s joyous celebration when Want headed home Accies late equaliser signified the pressure that managers are under in football.

Accies fans were ecstatic after their late equaliser

The last few months haven’t been the easiest for Hamilton and their supporters but the Accies boss wants to build the momentum ahead of hosting Greenock Morton next week.

He added: “It’s difficult on the sidelines when you’re getting beat. When we got the third goal, we were looking at the time and pushing but we could have got caught at the other end.

“For a spectator, they’d have enjoyed watching the game and it’s not one that they’ll forget.

“It’s about the momentum and I got game time into the three players - that will do them the world of good.

“I’m hopeful that we get a bit of work in them this week so they are ready to go next weekend.”

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