Reporter Mark Gillespie spoke with skipper Michael Devlin after Saturday’s game –
Accies Captain and goal scorer Michael Devlin was delighted with his sides 2-0 victory at Dens Park, and thought a Hamilton away win was way over due, saying, “It was a massive win for us and it was well over due if I’m being perfectly honest. We should have had an away win long before today, after putting ourselves into good positions and not being able to see things out or not being able to score. But fortunately, today we managed to keep a clean sheet and score a couple of goals. Everyone is delighted, but it doesn’t really mean much in the context of our season quite yet, until we can confirm our Premiership status we won’t get too carried away with ourselves.
“I think it was a well-deserved win for us, particularly in the first half. We were able to pass the ball about and move off the ball well, playing some nice football too. We scored from the penalty spot and could maybe have scored from another couple of good chances from long range, but we played well. The second half was a bit scrappier and we let Dundee back into the game. We weren’t as dominant as we should have been, but managed to put that to bed after getting the second goal and seeing the game out towards the end.”
After securing the points with a late headed goal, the Accies Captain was more than a little modest when asked about his goal. “To be honest, you’re in the box just moving around and attempting to lose your marker, and as the ball is coming in you’re just trying to stay calm and not get too excited, and I’m thinking ‘Oh God, it’s coming to my head here’. So, you just try and keep some composure, get a good contact and hope not to get any pelters from the boys if you miss, and today fortunately it went in.”
Jumping forward a fortnight to when Accies face Killie in the first of their post-split games, Michael said “It will be another tough game for us. I think this season we’ve drawn twice, they beat us at the beginning of the season and we then beat them in the cup. It’s always a tough game against Kilmarnock, regardless of when it is or the circumstances surrounding the game, so every game is huge now. I watched the game last night and they did well against Hearts, there wasn’t much between the sides. They’ll be happy with their point and will feel that they’re on a good run of form, off the back of a couple of decent results. So, it will be another tough game for us.”
“We’ve got everything in our own hands now, that’s the position that we’ve put ourselves into now. We’re fully focused on our own results, and if we can do our own job well, we’ll succeed and it’s as simple as that. The manager said to us after the game and after each game, that as long as we can win as many games between now and the end of the season, we’ll stay in the league and that’s what we’ll attempt to do.”