Accies v ICT Post Match Interviews
Accies were jubilant after the 3-0 win against Inverness Caley Thistle, and none more so than Grant Gillespie, scorer of that all-important second goal. It was the Hamilton midfielder’s fifth goal for the club in over 200 appearances and he admitted, “I didn’t get the greatest of connections on the ball but it went into the back of the net and I was buzzing to see it go in. I’m not the most prolific but whenever they come along I’m delighted. The most important thing was the three points and we’ll all sleep well tonight.
“The result tonight was massive for us. Obviously we’re disappointed with the St. Johnstone match, having felt we played well until we conceded the first goal. But we took the positives from Saturday into tonight’s game and I felt from the first minute that we were hungrier side, and wanted it more. And I think it showed over the 90 minutes. We knew coming into it level on points we needed to win. And I thought we deserved the victory.”
Having blown leads in games throughout the season, Grant was fully aware of the importance of that second goal going in, saying, “It’s happened quite a lot this season in the first 45 so we knew it was vitally important to come out in the second half and get that second goal. We managed to do that early doors, and I think that settled our nerves. We started to play a bit more and then the third goal came. I think Rakish’s goal was a bit better than mine, and it caps off a good night for us.”
Grant admitted that it was hard not picking up points when performances merited otherwise, “It’s been frustrating for us because we’ve had the performances and deserved to have taken more points from games. The gaffer’s kept telling us just to keep believing in what we’re doing and things will start to turn for us.
You saw it against Killie last Saturday, scoring in the last minute, and tonight again the performances are there. It’s just a case of taking chances when they come, and killing teams off and we’ve done that tonight.
“We’ll look to take that belief into Saturday which is another massive game for us. We’ll not rest on our laurels, we’ll be looking for the same again.”
Accies striker Rakish Bingham provided the pin point cross for Grant Gillespie to score the second goal, and lash in in the third from the edge of the penalty area. The big striker said of the strike, “Yes I just saw the space and tried to go one versus one and went into the space ahead. I just hit it and it went in.”
When asked if he’d scored a better one, he replied “Probably not. In training, yeah.”
He then added, “It put us at ease a little bit, 3-0 made it seem comfortable for us. Credit to Mikey Devlin and the boys at the back. I thought he had a tremendous game, Darian McKinnon as well. So a clean sheet was just as important in a way.
“We’re more than capable of winning games like that. We’ve gone ahead before in these and it’s all about keeping our foot on the front pedal. We’ve been guilty of easing off but today was a much better performance from us. We know the standard and what we should be hitting. To put it on show tonight like that is good for us. We are capable of pushing up in the league.”