Web reporter Mark Gillespie caught up with skipper Michael Devlin and midfielder Darian MacKinnon after Saturday’s defeat by Motherwell….
Losing to your local rivals is never easy, but given the circumstances in the league this was a very difficult one to absorb. A deflated Michael Devlin came out afterwards and spoke for the dressing room.
“We’re all devastated after that. The whole changing room was quiet after the game. If we had defended at a set piece we would not have lost. It’s a huge blow for us.”
“The manager made a point at the end of the game that in games like these where it’s even and scrappy, we don’t come out on top or win enough. We haven’t done that this year. It’s a quality in itself, to be able to fight and pick up points, and we unfortunately haven’t done that today. We haven’t done it all season. The table doesn’t lie- we deserve to be where we are.”
“Results elsewhere mean we have a chance of not getting relegated outright, but the worst-case scenario is maybe the play offs. We have two games to go and the reality is we now need to take six points from that. It’s out of our hands, but we need to take six points and see where it leaves us.”
“There wasn’t a lot of quality in the game. It’s been the same in all the derbies this year. Given the significance of the game we knew it wasn’t going to be filled with quality.
Devlin understands the frustration of the fans after such a crucial loss but was disappointed that some of this may have spilled over at the end.
“It was difficult to hear some of that abuse from the stands. My family are sitting in amongst that. We’re as frustrated as the fans are and giving everything we possibly can on the pitch. We don’t want to be losing, losing derbies, and it means as much to us as anybody else. It’s our livelihoods at stake here. Sometimes you don’t want to speak too emotionally after games like this, our heads are all over the place.”
“I understand the fans’ feelings. I can see they are not happy at being down near the bottom of the league for the vast majority of the season. However, we need the support of as many people as possible. We are a small club, and we don’t have thousands of fans at every game. That’s not our set up here, so we need to draw on all the experience we have and the support as well.”
“The only thing I can ask is that they stay behind the team and the manager. The players are behind everybody, the manager and everybody at the club. The fans want to vent their frustration they should have a go at us and not the manager, but I don’t think we deserved some of that abuse today. If we’d not competed and fought then I could understand if we had, but I thought we did all that today.”
Midfielder Darian MacKinnon was forthright about the position Accies now find themselves in, but dismissed any suggestion that we should settle now for a play-off spot at best.
“We’re capable of going to Ross County and beating them and beating Dundee here. We need to focus on winning both games. Maybe knowing now that we need to win the last two is what we need. Get the shackles off and just go for it, starting at Ross County.”
“Today was a brutal game, to be honest, with long balls from both teams. It wasn’t enjoyable to play in. What we needed to do was at least take the point and move on, but to lose the goal from another set piece is criminal from us. The last thing we wanted was to lose a soft goal, and it’s another set piece that’s killed us. It’s really frustrating.”
“Apart from that there was nothing in the game between the teams, but we can’t keep saying that. It was just a free kick, one guy doesn’t go with their man, or goes with him and doesn’t get there. It’s just really poor to be honest.”
“Of course, we need the fans behind us but I can understand their frustration. It’s a local derby and the game was absolutely brutal and we’ve lost. But we have two games to go and we’re not down yet. We’ll be doing everything to win these last two games.”