Web reporter Martin McConnell caught up with Dougie Imrie and Rakish Bingham after the defeat to Rangers.
Imrie & Bingham Interview
It was a disappointing day all round for Hamilton. After a good first half performance saw Accies go into the half time break one nil down thanks to a controversial penalty decision, and then a poor second half that hit Accies for six, its maybe a day best forgotten.
Though what stands out from a Hamilton perspective, are the three controversial incidents that helped determine the outcome of the match, one way or another. The Wes Foderingham handling of the ball outside of his area, the penalty award for a challenge on Jon Toral and the Joe Garner challenge on Dougie Imrie. These were all questions that dominated post-match.
When asked his thoughts on the Ibrox strikers challenge on him, and if he should still have been on the pitch, Dougie Imrie was blunt, “In my opinion no. The linesman was four yards away, the referee five yards away. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to disrespect referees as they have a hard job, but these are decisions that change games.
“He goes onto score a hat trick. If he’s sent off in that situation he doesn’t score the three goals, and who’s to say we might have taken something out of the game. They’re down to ten men, we’ve got a man extra and we can maybe go and put a bit of pressure on them. But the referee has a difficult enough job, it’s just disappointing that they’re so close to the incident and they don’t get it correct.”
Dougie went on to say, “You could talk about the penalty also, it didn’t seem a penalty either. Toral has went to shoot, kicks the ground, falls down and the referee apparenly gives a penalty for that. The Wes Foderingham incident was a yard outside his box. The decisions have gone against us, but listen, we were disappointed with the result don’t get me wrong.
“On Tuesday night against Aberdeen, we defended with a real resilience and defended our box really well, then today we lose three goals from a set play, which is disappointing from our part. But we’ve got to pick ourselves up now as we’ve got a massive game against Hearts next Saturday, and we now have to put our focus on our last eleven league matches.”
The Hamilton midfielder was quick to wave away claims that Tuesday nights exertions against the Dons had any bearing on the Ibrox performance, saying, “No, not at all. In the first half, we were excellent and passed the ball around really well from back to middle. Then obviously, our final ball up the top end of the park has let us down, if we had done a bit better in that area of the pitch we may have taken something from the game.
“If we had and gone one up, then Rangers would have had to come at us. But it wasn’t to be, we got undone by the penalty which then put us onto the back foot. We then lose three goals from set plays, which is very unlike us this season. It’s a big disappointment on our part, and we’d like to thank the fans for coming along. It was a big occasion for everyone and we’re bitterly disappointed that we lost the game in the manner in which we did.”
When asked again for a final word on the Joe Garner incident, Dougie joked, “I don’t know what you want me to say about that. He was just on the park and three minutes into the second half and there was nothing in it. But it’s disappointing and just one of those things, you either get it or you don’t and I’d rather not make too much of it.”
Accies striker Rakish Bingham was as you can imagine disappointed with the 6-0 defeat, saying, “It was very frustrating. It was a heavy defeat and we didn’t come here to be beaten at all, and to be beaten like that was so disheartening. But we’ll just have to pick ourselves up and go again.”
Rakish was the player closest to the first half Foderingham incident. He was in no doubt about what happened, “I claimed for it and saw it. Obviously, the linesman and referee didn’t see it. These big decisions can cost you in games like these, especially coming away to a big team in a place like this. But sometimes it goes against you and sometimes it goes for you, unfortunately today it didn’t.
He then added, “Yes, he has made contact with his hands and the ball, the whole ball, outside of the box and carried it back inside the penalty area. I don’t know if my position has somehow blocked the linesman’s view, I don’t know. But it seemed pretty obvious to me that it was outside the box to my eyes. It should be a red card and then it’s a completely different game, eleven against ten, and that would have made it a lot harder for them.”
Rakish was inside the Hamilton penalty area when the referee awarded the spot kick and wasn’t far from the incident, “Yes, I was close. Gils just put his arm up too protect it and it looked as if Toral was off balance as he went to hit the ball. I don’t know where the referee’s view was, but he has thought that it was a penalty, I don’t know if he has called for assistance on that one or not, but it is the referee’s call at the end of the day.”