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Taylor ‘pleased to see’ younger players taking first team opportunities

(Image courtesy of Steve Welsh)

By Nickolas McInally

Head Coach Stuart Taylor has revealed he was delighted to see youngsters Adam McGowan and Chris McGinn grab their Accies opportunity with both hands in recent weeks.

The win saw Accies move to three games unbeaten and with Friday’s match against Partick Thistle on the horizon Taylor believes the competition for places in strengthening. 

He said: “The lads done very well. It is always pleasing to see the youngsters come in and take that opportunity, whether that be through a good performance or a goal it is fantastic to see.

“Chris (McGinn) is only 16, he came in last week and done extremely well. He grew in strength and confidence as the game went on and showed his attacking quality. I think he linked up very well with Gowzer (Adam McGowan). 

“That was a very young duo on that side of the park. Of course, Gowzer goes and gets his goal but in fairness he has been doing that in training for quite some time.”

Friday’s match marks the end of the first quarter of the season and Taylor is looking to build on the positives ahead of the next round of fixtures. 

He said: “There has definitely been good points. There has also been points which we need to work on, and we will keep looking to build on what we have done and continue working hard.

“When you have a change of manager there is always going to be a transitional period. The lads have been working extremely hard in training and now we must look forward. Every day is about improving, and every game gives us an opportunity to show that.”

The Accies boss revealed he is unlikely to have any of his injured players back for the match. 

He said:David Moyo and Ronan Hughes came through the game against Aberdeen ‘B’ totally fine. They played the time that was asked of them and trained every day since so it is all positive on that side. 

“Nothing else has changed over and above that. Andrew Winter and Scott Martin are getting fitter and fitter every day. They are in a good mindset as well which helps when you are recovering from injuries.”

Taylor believes the side are in for a tough match against Partick Thistle. However, is pleased to be playing at home. 

He said: “It is going to be a tough game. Partick are a good side, they are well organised and have a lot of good players. They have started the season pretty well and we know it will be a tough game, but we are at home and that is something which is pleasing for us.”

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