Martin Canning & Dougie Imrie’s post match comments…
After a second defeat against the SPFL Premiership Champions Celtic inside the space of just eleven days, when asked if it was a tough match for his side, Accies boss Martin Canning said, “Yes it was, although in the first half it wasn’t tough and I thought we were very much in the game and there was nothing in it. We made a mistake right on half time again, Georgios miss kicks the ball and he doesn’t make contact with it and Leigh Griffiths then goes through and punishes us.
“The second half started and they go down to ten men and you think, right, a wee chance to get back in. And given how tight the first half was, hopefully that extra man advantage can make a difference for us. But within a couple of minutes they’ve scored a wonder goal, and I thought the mood in the stadium then changed, it galvanised them and gave them belief.”
“We actually kept possession of the ball without having any purpose with it. It was too slow, too laboured and when we did get opportunities to get in behind them, the quality just wasn’t there and was disappointing. The second half was as poor as we’ve been all season which was disappointing. As I said the first half I can’t fault as we were very much in the game bar the mistake. And it’s always the same against the top teams, if you switch off for a minute then they punish you.”
Accies midfielder Dougie Imrie said of the game, “The first goal was a mistake, the second goal, we couldn’t do anything about as it was a wonder strike from Stuart Armstrong, a great finish. And the third goal, we’ve got them in a corner and they manage a pull back and he sticks it in the back of the net. But from our point of view, I don’t think we did enough and Celtic deserved their victory. We’ve got to move on now, but from our point of view, very disappointing”
Dougie then added, “They go down to ten men, then we lost the goal not too long after that. It didn’t give us a chance to get a foothold in the game and then go onto put them under a bit of pressure. And then when they get their second goal it just kills the game. They just move the ball about really well and it’s difficult for us to get it back and try and penetrate to get in behind. But I think from the first goal we did okay, then after that disappointing.”
When asked about the dissenting voices amongst the home support, Dougie understood the fans concerns, “The fans can say what they want, it’s hard enough on the pitch without the fans giving us a bit. But listen, they pay their money and they’re entitled to give us a bit. We’ve had two wins and ten draws, we know ourselves that we need to pick up wins. It’s disappointing for everyone, not just us, everyone is hurting and I’m sure the fans are hurting just as much. We’ve got another couple of hard games coming up, to be fair, every game is hard in this league outside the top four, and I think everyone after that can beat anyone.
On Hamilton’s need to pick up some points over a difficult holiday period he said, “I think it’s imperative, we need to pick up a win or a couple of points at least. Aberdeen will not be easy on Tuesday and they had a good win last night in Motherwell. So the next two games are going to be really tough, one away to Aberdeen then the derby at home to Motherwell. It’s two massive games that we need to pick up points, but talking about today it’s disappointing.
“As up until they score we were in the game and we had opportunities, not good opportunities but half chances. Some crosses into the box, if it had maybe taken a deflection whatever way and created a better chance or just picking out a better pass. But after that second goal it killed the game and they just shut shop up and passed the ball really well.