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Defensively strong Accies showed a “different side” insists Ryan

By Nickolas McInally – 3/10/21

Attacker Andrew Ryan believes Accies showed a different side to their game as they picked up their first home league win of the season against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Ryan’s fantastic curling effort doubled the lead of the side, who played 60 minutes of the match with 10 men following Reegan Mimnaugh’s sending off.

The goalscorer, who captained the side, said: “It makes a difference going ahead in the game but we showed a different side to our game today. We were down to 10 for a while but I thought we defended very well.

“It was great to get that goal, we haven’t scored many the last few weeks so it was a relief to see that one go in. I am really glad that we managed to get that win, it’ll do us all good and hopefully, we can carry that on.”

The 27-year-old came through the Academy of the Lanarkshire club and insists the honor of captaining the side is not lost on him.

He said: “You can see my emotion when I scored, it means a great deal to me, I wear it with pride. I have been here for so long and to captain the club is great on a personal level.”

After a clean sheet in our last match against Dunfermline Ryan is delighted to see the team make the next step in their progression.

He said: Last week we got a clean sheet and created some chances we just weren’t able to take them. I think building on last week gave us that bit of confidence. I think we were a bit unlucky not to get another clean sheet but that is one of those things.”

The attacker believes his experience allowed him to play a key role as Accies were forced to defend for large spells of the game.

He said: “Maybe a few years ago I’d of been focused on scoring on the counter but it is about discipline now. The manager told me to drop back a bit and be disciplined and helping to protect the midfield and that’s what I did.”

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