MARVIN ANDREWS' return to the SPL was an unhappy one as Kilmarnock swept Billy Reid's men aside with an emphatic 3-0 win.
Andrews was hooked after 55 minutes, a decision he insisted later was correct, and his new partnership with Izzy Iriekpen was porous throughout.
The Trinidad & Tobago defender only arrived back at the club 24 hours before the game as he had been on international duty.
"I only came back on Friday morning so I'm a bit jet-lagged. But that isn't an excuse," he said.
"Taking me off was probably the best thing the manager did for me.
"Who knows? I could have got injured if I had stayed out there longer.
"It wasn't going the best for me and I have no hard feelings about it."
Andrews believes while Hamilton struggled against Killie, they will still be a force to be reckoned with this season.
Reid has lost influential players and has brought in a host of new faces, who will require time to settle.
Andrews believes then they will be a different side to the one so easily beaten on Saturday.
"It was one of those days," he said. "But now we'll put this behind us and look to kick-start things against Aberdeen next week."