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Spence: We Believe In Ourselves

by Andrew Petrie – 24th September

Lewis Spence knows East End Park all too well. The midfielder spent four years in Fife as he started his blossoming pro career and is confident he can leave his former haunt with all three points this weekend.

“It was a long time ago!,” he grinned whilst speaking to the press.

“I’ve still got a lot of people at Dunfermline that I like. I’ve been back there before with Ross County and beat them. I always want to Dunfermline to do well – if I’m not in that league. 

“Saturday is my main focus, three points with Hamilton. Going there and winning and keeping them down there.”

Both teams have endured tricky starts to their Championship campaigns, with the hosts yet to pick up a win. They sit bottom, with the Accies in 9th – two points ahead of their opposition.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Lewis said.

“I’m confident as always. It’s not been great starts from both of us so it’s going to be a tasty game I think. 

“We’re going in to that confident. Obviously, I know the result wasn’t great at weekend but I think the performance was really good – there was a lot of good things in there but we maybe just lacked that bit of cutting edge. 

“Fair play to Ayr, they got two goals, but we’re still confident in ourselves of going there and getting the three points.”

Spence has played every minute of league action since his summer arrival from Scunthorpe United and is looking to continue his run of games.

“I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said. “I lost my way a wee bit in England last season, I wasn’t really enjoying it. 

“I fully believe in this group, this squad, that come the end of the season we’ll be up the top end. I’ve enjoyed it, the lads have made me feel really welcome. 

“End of the day, you’re training all week to get the three points on a Saturday so that’s how I’m gearing up for this weekend.”

His move to The Iron came off the back of a spell in the Premiership with Dundee and a Championship-winning season with Ross County.

“There was some good things down in England, I just think it was hard for everybody with Covid, no fans, it was a bit different and the league wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. 

“I just felt I would enjoy my football back up here again and I have done that coming to Hamilton. Hopefully it continues.”

His title-winning credentials means it comes as no surprise that he’s been ever-present for Stuart Taylor since the new gaffer’s arrival.

“I’ve won this league with Ross County and it’s a very tough league,” the 25-year-old admitted. 

“This season, it’s anybody’s league. Inverness and Killie have had good starts but it just takes little runs – two, three, four wins – and next thing you know you’re up there. 

“We’ve not had the best start, we know that, but there’s still a long way to go. We’ve only played five/six games. 

“Saying that, we do need to start picking up points. We’re only five or six points from the play-offs, and that’s with a bad start. 

“I’m confident in the squad we’ve got, the new manager coming in with his ideas, that we can get up that top end of the table.”

(Picture courtesy of Steve Welsh.)

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