Our Norwegian defender Markus Fjortoft spoke to Accies media following the match at Ibrox on Sunday……
It was always going to be difficult here today for Hamilton but how did you feel the game went in the end?
“It was tough. You don’t come here and expect to dominate possession but you certainly want to give it a go and go with whatever plan that you have. We had a plan going in but unfortunately they were able to score early on and its tough and it becomes difficult from there. But you have to adapt like we did against Celtic. Rangers have the quality and the players and they’re playing at home where they’re a big strong force. So that was tough. We had a plan and I’m glad we didn’t give up on it. At the club we have to learn the lessons of today as individuals and also collectively and work towards the game against Hibs.”
There were times during the match when you were able to hang on in there and frustrate Rangers and times when they cut through the defence like it was butter. It was an onslaught. Is it difficult to stay focused when playing a team like Rangers when they’re playing like that?
“Yes, it’s more of a mental exercise than anything else. But physically it’s tough as they’re a strong attacking team and arguably the best in the league. They have a lot of good experienced players and young energetic players. It tough, there’s no doubt about that. We knew that there were times when we’d have to hang in there. That’s just the way it is when you come to a place like Ibrox and it comes down to how strong you are when you have to ride out those spells. Unfortunately there were times during key situations where we fell short. That’s tough but we know the tactics as we played against Celtic like that, a strong team with a similar quality and knew that worked. That’s what we’re now hoping to build off of and be good enough to win matches again.”
Personally you had another good performance. What lessons can you take from that type of match?
“It’s certainly an accumulation of experiences and references. You come to a new place and see what it’s about and playing against different players like Jermain Defoe, one of the best strikers in the English Premier League. You learn to deal with that you know, they’re good players. As an individual you learn from that immensely as it’s a rapid or steep learning curve. Then you have to move on from that because you’re reading players of good quality. Then I believe that next time you’re all the better equipped to deal with that. So that’s what you’ve got to take from today and not dwell on it too much. We’re not defined by what happened today and know we have many good performances and wins in us.”
It’s now two weeks until the next game against Hibs. Do you prefer the break or like to get stuck right in again?
“Well there are two ways to look at it. We can have the break and come back energised or you want to get stuck in again to redeem ourselves. I think we all want to redeem ourselves as quick as possible and not let ourselves be phased by this whole thing. I don’t think that we will. You can always do with a break I suppose as we’ve played eight games with thirty to go. It’s an intense season so we’ll use the break well to prepare and be ready for the game against Hibs.”
How are you enjoying your time at Accies?
“I’m loving it. I love it. It’s like I said, it’s a great club with good people and intimate with a good family feel. The gaffer is great and all the lads here are great. It’s a very humble and hard working environment which I think is a great foundation for any club to build upon.”
How do you find playing football in Scotland compared to your other experiences so far?
“The Scottish game is very unique in the sense that it’s very intense and hard working and a very physical environment which I want to experience. It’s certainly different to other places but it’s great for me as it’s an environment that I definitely want to be a part of. I’m glad to have gotten some games under my belt now and want to build on that. It’s challenging but sooner or later you begin to benefit from playing more