Accies midfielder David Templeton spoke to Accies media reporter Mark Gillespie following the match against Ross County….
It was a big game today. Have you reflected on the game itself?
“It was frustrating. I don’t think that we got anywhere near to what we can be today. I think that we were too slack on the ball, played into their hands a bit which suited their shape and put far too many long balls. Didn’t switch it up often enough, trying to get crosses in, so I think it suited their centre halves who just headed it clear and pushed us back. We’re trying to get back in it, getting the ball back to give them something to defend but we just didn’t create enough to harm them.”
You seemed to use plenty of long ball today. Was that a tactic or was it just one of those games when you load their box?
“I don’t know what it was. Obviously in some games you’re going to be a bit more direct up front for those that are good in the air. I think today we didn’t switch it up often enough and they guessed what we were going to do then. We didn’t try to get overloads down the side and get chances that way. Just a bit too direct.”
You did keep the tempo up though. For a game with no atmosphere as such, players seemed to be able to create their own tempo.
“Yes, the lads here are always going to work their socks off and give everything that they have. I just think that going into games in the future we’ll have to be a bit better on the ball and not give it away as easy as we did.”
I suppose this early on in the season it’s a game that you’d probably want to take something from and kick on from there.
“Yes, definitely. Especially all of our home games. We need to pick up points as we’ve got a young squad. We want to get points early and on the board so that we can be as successful as we possibly can then get down to the nitty gritty at the end and stay in the league.”
How far away do you think you are from making a case to start?
“I’m not sure that I’ve had enough training yet, I’ve only had about a week really. I’ve not had any minutes so that’s the first. Hopefully I can get a bit more training done, more minutes and then hopefully I’ll be able to go from there.”
How about next week? Are things up in the air a bit with events up in Aberdeen? How are you going to approach that one?
“Just the same as every other game. I’d imagine that we’d be tested, hopefully everything will be fine and treat it just like any other game regardless of what’s going on in the background. Yes, just get up there, be better than we were today and try for the three points.”
It’s going to get a lot more hectic now isn’t it? This is it now.
“Yes, it is and it’s going to be tough if I’m honest but we just need to stay professional and try and take care of ourselves outside of football.”