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Rankin hails professionalism in Forfar victory

Head Coach John Rankin has praised the professionalism of his Accies squad after this afternoon’s 3-0 victory over Forfar in the Premier Sports Cup group stage

Speaking after the match, he said: “We are delighted with the win, everybody knows Forfar is a tough place to visit but I thought the professionalism today was unquestionable. 

“It’s another step on the pre-season ladder but to come away with three goals and a clean sheet is great. There is a real buzz around the whole squad. 

“Defensively we stopped crosses coming into the box, we stopped shots at goal. I thought Fults led us well and having Easty and Shaun Want back in gave us a huge boost.”

Rankin also spoke of his delight with the intent displayed by the side’s attackers during the match. 

He said: “I think we were more ruthless in the first half; we had a few shots at goal and we got the goal just before half time which always makes it easier. 

“We start the second half well and the finishes from Andy Ryan and Andy Winter are exactly what you expect from them in the penalty area.”

As full-back Matthew Shiels added his third goal in two matches the Accies Head Coach was full of praise for the quality which his wing-backs showed.

He said: “It’s really pleasing to see both our full-backs get that high. Doyley makes the pass and Smithy puts in a great ball for Shielsy who puts it away. 

“The goal changed our team talk slightly but it is important that we go out and start the second half well. As soon as we got the second goal it gave us that bit more control, Forfar come out to chase the game and we were able to get our third goal from that.”

With seven days until our next match in the competition against Queen’s Park, Rankin has set his sights on maximising the potential this brings. 

He said: “We have played a lot of games in pre-season with the aim of getting players fully fit. This gap gives us a good training week to work together. It will be a hard week where the players will be doing some double sessions on the pitch. 

“It is still pre-season, and we need to make sure we do everything we can to be ready for that first game in the league and we don’t want that intensity to drop.”

Accies have added Michael Doyle and Jonny Ngandu to their ranks during the summer transfer window. However, Rankin is hopeful that he can add further recruits to his squad in the coming days. 

He said: “I am hoping we can add one or two for the Queen’s Park match. I have spoken before about making the group stronger. We aren’t resting on the work we have already done; we are still working very hard behind the scenes to improve the group of players we have. It is a very good group, so we need to make sure we add the right players to that environment.” 

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