Player Interview – Rakish Bingham – 21/11/16
Web reporter Martin McConnel caught up with Rakish after Monday night’s match.
Before the exciting encounter at the SuperSeal Stadium, a 3-3 draw with fourth placed Hearts may have been thought a decent result by many, it moved Accies into tenth after all. But after recovering from a goal down to then take a 3-1 lead, it didn’t seem quite as great an achievement when Callum Paterson equalised for Hearts with only four minutes of time left.
But looking at it from a more positive outlook, Rakish Bingham opened his Accies goal scoring account with a couple of great second half finishes. He summed his feelings up by saying, “It was brilliant to get off the mark tonight, but it would have been much better to get the win but it just wasn’t to be. Being 3-1 up I thought we were secure, we just needed to keep it tight at the back and stay strong as a unit, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be as I said.”
When asked what it meant for him to get his first couple of goals, he said, “From my own point of view, I just wanted to get off the mark and I now have. Confidence was also something that I needed, not that I was lacking any but goals bring confidence and I feel that I can now kick on and score many more goals for Hamilton.”
His first goal gave Hamilton a shock lead, when he struck just 13 seconds into the second forty five. It took most of us by surprise, with many returning to their seats with pie and drink in hand. But not Rakish, “The gaffer said to us during the half time break for us to come racing straight out of the blocks and that’s exactly what we did.”
And on that spectacular second finish he added, “I always knew that I was going to get a shot off at that moment as I knew Ali Crawford was coming, bringing it to the box. But I always want to get a shot on goal and the keeper thought that the angle was too tight for me to shoot, and that’s when I wanted to catch him off guard and it worked.”
The ex-Hartlepool striker thinks that the future is bright for Hamilton and he said, “I think we’re capable of anything, honestly, if we had won tonight we would have gone top six. It’s a great bunch of lads and all great footballers. And at the minute I don’t think we’re getting the rewards that we deserve, but in due time I think that will come. As long as we keep on doing what we’re doing and keep it tight, not concede goals like we have done tonight and we’ll be fine.”
The striker maybe living far from home, but he’s happy with life at Hamilton, “It’s crazy because I felt at home within the first two weeks that I came here, as it’s a real family club. I think I’ve said it before that I settled in right away and that they’re all a great bunch of lads and now I’m here for another two years. It’s a great club and I’m happy to be here.”