by Andrew Petrie – 24th September
Stuart Taylor wants more ruthlessness from his side as he gears up to take on Dunfermline Athletic this Saturday.
Accies were unlucky in their 2-0 defeat to Ayr United last weekend, dominating large chunks of the game with plenty of possession but they failed to turn their chances to goals.
“We didn’t put the ball in the net and we weren’t ruthless enough,” the gaffer admitted when speaking to the press through the week.
“I said to the lads at half time, ‘just be careful’. When you dominate games as much as we did in the first half, there is a tendency to switch off at the back and get caught cold on their counter, with a sucker punch.
“’Just do not let that happen’ – and it happened. We were very, very comfortable in possession, we were really in their final third and probing and trying to break them down.
“We had a wee one-two that went a little bit out of a yard out of place and they knocked the ball over the top and hit us on the counter. We cannot let that happen. It’s something we need to be better with.”
The head coach is hopeful that his players have now learnt that lesson as he reflected on the early stage of his era in Lanarkshire.
“We’re really still in that building things and learning things [stage], and trying to improve. That’s where we are.
“As much as we’re working hard at everything we’re doing, we want to win games. And we’re trying our hardest to do that but we’re building and trying to do things right and look at the bigger picture.
“We want a win every game – it’s not a deflection of results or anything like that – but we’re building something and we know it’s not going to be a fix overnight. I said that when I first came in.”
The new head coach has taken two wins from his first four games and is looking to shake off the last two defeats with a win against bottom side Dunfermline.
“I think it’ll come, it’s just consistency. When you’re building something and maybe put in a little different style of play or asking for different demands from what was maybe asked from them before, it’s just getting used to it.
“It’s having that belief as well. I think the belief is there, it’s just a case of consistency. The more you do, the better you become at it.
“There’s been improvements in that sense, in terms of the amount of possession we’re keeping – albeit we don’t want to be a team that’s playing possession and keeping it in our own half.
“The possession we had last week was in the opposition’s half so it’s just a case of breaking down the back four and getting more bodies in the box – better quality of balls in the box, and that – as the player’s get fitter and get better at the ways of playing that we’re looking for – just gets better every week. Hopefully we keep seeing improvement and progression.”
(Picture courtesy of Steve Welsh.)