Post match comments from Michael Devlin and Dougie Imrie
After a second narrow defeat inside three days to either side of the Old Firm, Hamilton can rightly be proud of the way in which they handled themselves. But it still remains the case that no matter how well they play against the big sides, there’s no getting around the fact that points aren’t being picked up, a topic of conversation that Mikey Devlin and Dougie Imrie both chose to address.
Accies Captain Mikey Devlin was disappointed not to get something from the 2-1 defeat to Rangers, “We needed to get a positive result from the game but it just wasn’t to be, it probably came a little bit too late in the end. We tried to press them from the start of the game, but probably didn’t have the success that we wanted until much closer to the end. And unfortunately it came a bit too late, so the boys are a bit very disappointed.”
Then when asked if he had a problem with his energetic tussle with Rangers Joe Garner, Mikey had a smile on his face when he replied, “Good, I enjoy it, I enjoy the physical side of the game. It’s frustrating at the time when you get an elbow but at the end of the day it’s part and parcel of the game and I’ve absolutely no issue with that.”
Playing well without picking up the points has become something of an issue for the club over recent times as Mikey went onto explain, “The manager reiterated that point after the game. The only problem with that is that at some point you need to start picking up the points. Although we’re drawing games, draws aren’t going to keep us where we want to be. Whether that be staying in the league or moving further up the league. We’re an ambitious bunch and we want to finish as high up the league table as we possibly can.
Obviously first and foremost we want to stay in the league, but we want go and push on. So yes, the performance level is good, and I’m sure with performances will come the results that we need. That’s the best way for us to get the results. However, it’s a cliché, but the most important thing is to win football matches and we’re not quite doing that at the moment and we need to find a way of doing that and quickly.”
Midfielder Dougie Imrie wasn’t happy with the manner in which the side conceded the goals that Martyn Waghorn was able to score, saying that, “We lost two preventable goals I think, the first one was a header from twenty yards. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great finish from Martyn Waghorn but I think that it could have been prevented.
“The second one is from a ball over the top and a cut back, he’s standing in the six yard box and no one is within ten yards of him. So from that point of view, I’m very disappointed with the two goals that we lost. But then again, I don’t think we were at the races in the first half, for the first 15-20 minutes in the second, the same.
“But after that I thought we came into the game a little bit. We took a lot from the game on Tuesday night at Celtic Park, because that was also a tough game. So to play both halves of the Old Firm inside three days, is a hard ask for anyone. But it’s not an excuse, they’re the games that you want to play in and you want to go out and do well in these games, but we’ll put it behind us and go again.”
And on the issue of putting points on the board, Dougie’s thoughts echoed those of Mikey, “I’ve said all along that we need to pick up wins, rather than draws. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still points but you’d rather pick up all three. I think that we’ve picked up ten draws already this season. If we could have turned two or three of those into wins, then it would look a bit prettier in the table.
“But we’ll go again next week, it’s going to be a tough game home to Celtic, followed by another couple of tough ones. Aberdeen away then the after that derby at home to Motherwell, so It’s hard going. It’s games that you want to look forward too, but like I say, we need to turn those draws into wins. But tonight I think Rangers were the far better team.”