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Gourlay – ‘Goalkeeper is such a lonely position but results are down to team efforts’

Goalkeeper Kyle Gourlay was delighted to keep his first clean sheet and insists that being written off every season just inspires the players even more in their quest for an eighth consecutive season of Premiership survival.

The 22-year-old made a whole array of brilliant saves against Celtic on Boxing Day as well as playing a pivotal part in helping Hamilton gain a hard-earned point in Perth on Wednesday.

Gourlay is looking to make the most of his foray as number one after deputising for the injured Ryan Fulton, but admitted credit has go to the outfield players who worked incredibly hard and defended resolutely throughout.

He said: “It was a good point on the road. We’ll take that every day of the week. I think the boys did really well. It is a hard place to come.

“I am just enjoying getting a run of games. They don’t come along often.

“Ryan {Fulton} has been unbelievable for us. I am just doing the same thing, working hard, and enjoying my football.

“The clean sheet is important but it is about the team.

“Goalkeeper is such a lonely position but results are down to team efforts. Man, to man again we were brilliant.”

Following the 0-0 draw at McDiarmid Park, Brian Rice sent out a very strong message to those who don’t give Hamilton the respect that he believes they merit and Gourlay didn’t take long restate the claim.

He said: “Every single game we work hard and we know what we are doing.

“There’s a game plan and we stick to it as much as we can. The manager sets us up brilliantly.

“We probably don’t get the credit we deserve but we are here and picking up points. We are doing alright.

“We are at a brilliant club where people do look at us. But we know what we are about and that’s the main thing.

“Eventually we will get the credit we deserve.

“Why don’t we? I’d love to know that. But the boys enjoy that pressure.

“A lot of people write us off and we enjoy proving them wrong.”

Gourlay and his teammates will line-up in the all-important Lanarkshire Derby tomorrow.

The match is available to watch via  (ppv.vincentc147.sg-host.com)

by Ben McNicol

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