It has been almost a year since academy graduate Andrew Winter broke into the Accies first team during a Scottish Cup win against Edinburgh City and for Winter it has very much been a year of learning.
The attacker said: “You don’t stop learning, stepping up to senior level is completely different to academy football, every game has something different to take away from it that’s a challenge which I have enjoyed.
The attacker, who has come back into the side over the last three matches, has began to find his feet in the Accies first team and the victory against Motherwell has only developed his desire to stay in the team.
He said: “Obviously I want to try and keep myself in the team. To do that I have to keep putting in performances like Saturday.
“I have always taken pride in my work rate when we don’t have the ball. I think that is something which you can see from everyone here.
“We know what we need to do, and we are not afraid to put the work in. I think that is something which if we continue teams will really struggle against us.”
Winter, who set up Lee Hodson for our opening goal in the Lanarkshire derby, is delighted to be contributing to the teams attacking efforts.
He said: “We had worked on it in training, I knew Lee was going to be there and it was the only thing on my mind as soon as I got the ball because I knew he was in a better position.”
Winter hopes the win against Motherwell can provide the side with momentum in the second half of the season.
He said: “I think that performance gave us as much as we could have hoped for in terms of positives. We want to keep this going, for myself and the lads this is a lot bigger than a win against our rivals.
“We believe this is an opportunity to build some momentum. The next game against Kilmarnock is massive, the last time we went there we were unfortunate, and we want to make sure we come away with a result this time. “