Accies website reporter Mark Gillespie caught up with our Head Coach and goalscorer after Wednesday’s win over Rangers…
Brian Rice and David Moyo post-match at Ibrox
You must be delighted?
Brian Rice: “I’m absolutely delighted. I think it’s shocked everyone apart from myself. I always believed in putting a team put to try and win the game. I’m not going to say I thought we’d win 1-0, but I think if you have enough belief in your team and you set them out properly, then you’ve got a chance of winning.”
“To come to Ibrox and keep a clean sheet is phenomenal for us. I don’t know how many times Hamilton have come here in their history and done that. My lads defended with their lives. We stuck to our game plan to try and press when we could. There’s no point coming here and sitting in, although in the last 20 minutes we were forced back.”
“I think that’s the first time this season that we’ve had a break. Balls are hitting the crossbar, skimming by the post. I was just speaking to the club owner, and we both agreed that’s the first time we’ve had a break this season. We’ve lost a lot of last-minute goals, we’ve had red cards that possibly couldn’t have been red cards.”
It was an even bigger three points given the result at Easter Road on Tuesday?
BR: “I keep saying I can’t influence what happens elsewhere. Football’s a crazy game. We were bottom of the league coming in tonight. Most people I think would have expected us still to be bottom of the league tonight. We’re not, and that’s great credit to my lads.
It’s the the shot in the arm to drag you on now.
No, it’s three points tonight. Believe it or not I’m getting ready for Kilmarnock now. I just said to the players they’ll get all the plaudits, phone calls from people you’ve never heard from, all that. The biggest thing for me now is getting ready for Kilmarnock. It’s just another game. It’s one we weren’t expected to win, and we’ve come and won. I need to make sure that there’s no complacency going into Saturday.”
Last time you were here you said the gap between Celtic, Rangers and the rest was as big as you can remember. What’s changed with Rangers to make you reappraise that?
BR: This time last week Rangers made it into the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League with an absolutely phenomenal performance. I just think they’ve come up against two teams good defensively, and they’ve failed to break them down. On another day they might have got two or three breaks of the ball. We’ve carried a bit of luck which you’ve got to do here. We’re Hamilton Accies coming to Ibrox. I’m immensely proud of the lads tonight, but we need to focus for Saturday now.”
David Moyo: “Tonight’s goal was up there as one of the best moments of my career so far. I can’t describe the feeling when the goal went in. I’m pretty sure when you watch the celebration, I didn’t know what to do with myself! It took ages to go in as well.”
“Tonight just shows we believe in ourselves and our abilities. We’ve just got to keep working hard every day and hopefully get points on the board.”
That type of result can really spark your season?
DM: “100%. We just have to knuckle down now and get the points. We didn’t have a game this past week, so we’ve worked hard on our shape and discipline The boys executed that very well today.”
After last night did you feel there was extra pressure on you tonight?
DM: “The gaffer just tells us not to watch what everyone else is doing. Just focus on our game and do the right things and start picking up points.No one expects anything from us, but we always put pressure on ourselves to do well.”
Did Accies grow in confidence after the goal? The Rangers players seemed to struggle in the atmosphere. Did the players sense that and use it to your advantage?
DM: “It gave us a lift because it showed that our tactics and shape were working. We got a goal from it and we knew we could defend it and see out the three points.”