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Post Killie with Devlin & Docherty

Post-Match with Michael Devlin and Greg Docherty

Accies suffered a frustrating loss to Kilmarnock, losing two swift first half goals that left them with a mountain to climb in the second half. In the end, it wasn’t to be but things remain tight at the foot of the table as all thoughts now turn towards the long trip to Inverness next week. 

Skipper Michael Devlin was up front about Accies shortcomings on the day, with Killie capitalising on loose play in and around the Accies’ box, as he gave his thoughts on the match. 

“This was a game that we were excited about, with the prospect of winning the game and the good position it would put us in the league. We were focused on it and had worked hard for the last two weeks in an attempt to try and give ourselves the chance for three points, but that sadly didn’t materialise.” 

“Twice we didn’t defend our box well enough and I hold my hands up for the second goal, I didn’t defend my box well enough for the header.  We lost two first half goals so close together and that was so disappointing. It gave Kilmarnock something to hold onto, and they’re good at that, throwing themselves in front of shots and defending their goal.” 

Things may have turned out differently but for two Dougie Imrie chances hitting the woodwork. On another day either could have gone in but Devlin refused to dwell on these as a factor in the outcome of the game. 

“The manager’s disappointed with aspects of the performance today, and in the manner in which we lost the two goals. Had we done our own jobs better defensively, then this game would probably have finished nil nil. We didn’t do our jobs at the back and that’s why we’ve lost in the end. 

“We had two decent chances through Dougie, both of which were good saves by their keeper. I don’t know how the second one didn’t go in off the post, but sometimes that luck doesn’t go for you on the day. “ 

“Kilmarnock have defended well in the second half and we didn’t have enough quality to break them down. We didn’t create enough chances. They had a couple of blocks but nothing clear cut. We just didn’t show enough to get ourselves back into the game. 

“But now we need to forget about today and look forward to Inverness. We’ll all be choking to get back out there and put this defeat behind us. Every team playing each other in the bottom six just now can beat each other, so we just have to work hard on giving ourselves the best chance possible starting next week.” 

Midfielder Greg Docherty was similarly disappointed at the result, as he looked on factors in Accies’ performance which led to the defeat. 

“We shot ourselves in the foot with two very sloppy goals on our part. We had chances and momentum early on and I thought we were going to go on and get the first goal, like we have been doing the past few weeks, but those two-quick fire second goals have killed us big time.” 

“We can’t concede goals like we did today, we know we’re better than that and it’s so disappointing. Everybody is devastated, that’s not something we’ve done too much as of late. We gave Kilmarnock the initiative and after that it became very difficult.  

“They were happy just to sit in and defend for the second half and we couldn’t break them down. We’ve allowed them that impetus. It’s so frustrating. It’s also disappointing that we let the fans down today as our home form has been good of late. It was a good crowd who all got behind us. Hopefully they can stick by us because we’re still in this and anybody can beat anyone.” 

Docherty and his team mates will now put this result and performance firmly behind them with all thoughts now focused on the trip to Inverness. Next week’s opponents now have no margin for error at the foot of the table and Accies know they’re in for a stern test but one which Docherty relishes: 

“Next week can’t come quickly enough. We’re not even looking at the table, we’ve just got to keep focused on winning our games. Anyone can beat anyone in this league, it’s so tight. Even today you saw how easily games can turn. We had our first chance and Kilmarnock went up the other end and scored. We just take each game now and only focus on ourselves.” 

“Today wasn’t like us with two bits of sloppiness. The boys have held their hands up. We haven’t done our job at the other end of the pitch. It’s just massively frustrating and next Saturday just can’t come quickly enough” 

 

 

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