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Taylor: Clean Sheet Builds Confidence

by Andrew Petrie – 29th September – 14:00

Stuart Taylor is positive his side can build on their first clean sheet of the season as they prepare to take on league leaders Inverness Caledonian Thistle at home on Saturday.

Accies drew 0-0 with Dunfermline Athletic last weekend in a match they could have won, with the Pars unable to register a shot on target.

It was a pleasing performance for the new head coach, who also praised his forward line for their part in the shut-out.

“It’s a good platform to build on,” the gaffer told the press. “We kept a clean sheet, the lads worked really hard and we had good shape about us throughout the game. 

“Defensively, we were solid. I thought we created chances as well, so both sides of the pitch were good. 

“I said before we had to be ruthless in both boxes, and we did that in the defensive side.”

Up top, Mihai Popescu went close with a header after Lewis Smith hit the post with a sweet curling effort. Josh Mullin was also denied a first goal for the club after a fine Fon Williams save in the first-half.

“Could Saturday have been three points? Yes it could have, but it wasn’t so we learn from it and move forward. 

“Every week we’ve been asked about Andy Ryan, about goals. It’s not just down to whoever is playing as a striker to score goals. 

“Centre-backs coming up for set pieces – look at Pops, who’s probably had the closest efforts over the last couple of games, coming from free-kicks and corners. 

“It’s about centre-backs, full-backs, midfielders, wide players, everybody chipping in with goals. It’s a team game, we defend from the front – so they get plaudits for keeping a clean sheet. 

“Whoever goes and scores the goals, it’s a team game. It’s not just down to one position.”

The Lanarkshire side might face a harder test this weekend when they come up against the on-form Inverness. Unbeaten in the league so far, they snatched a late goal to beat Queen of the South 2-1 last Saturday.

“They’ve lost two goals, so defensively they’re solid and have lots of experience in their back four,” Taylor added. 

“They’ll be a difficult side to break down because there’s a lot of confidence there with the clean sheets they’ve had. They’ve had quite a lot of 1-0 wins so that’s built a lot of confidence for them. 

“It’s always going to be that question of, and they’ll ask within themselves, ‘when is that first defeat coming?’ 

“All those questions are still to be asked, but we’ve obviously looking at to play a certain way and hopefully we get success with that.”

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