Post match with Scott McMann and David Templeton, who spoke with Mark Gillespie after the game at Tannadice
Scott McMann & David Templeton Interviews
Scott McMann hopes play-off experience and the backing of the Accies fans can see us over the line on Sunday after a gruelling 90 minutes at Tannadice.
“There’s a few boys who have been through the play off situations before and know what it takes. Hopefully that benefits us going into Sunday. The fans were excellent tonight, in full voice. It was great to hear them, and we’ll need all the support we can get on Sunday.”
“It’s all about recovery now for the next couple of days. We’ll be into physio when we’re down the road to ensure we’re as ready as we can be for Sunday.”
Despite possible injury worries McMann believes we hold the advantage going into the second leg after a hard-fought draw. The Accies defender was at the centre of late controversy in the game, a challenge on Simon Murray resulting in the United forward’s second yellow card for simulation. That decision is now being appealed, with Murray free to take part in Sunday’s crucial decider.
“I haven’t seen the Murray incident back, so I’m not sure about it. The whole second half was crazy. We had bodies all over the pitch. It was good just not to concede and hold out for a draw”, he said.
“We’d have come here and taken a nothing each, so we’re feeling positive with home advantage on Sunday. We’ve had decent form at home this season, so we will just go for it, knowing a positive result keeps us in the league.”
“I think we got the ball down better in the first half, and created the better openings and got some balls into the box. The second half was more chaotic, with players going down and them going down to ten.”
With another good 60 minutes under his belt David Templeton is likewise feeling positive about the second leg, although thinks Accies squandered early opportunities to take control of the tie.
“In the first half, we got into some good positions and had a couple of chances early on which would have maybe subdued United. United got Mikkelson on the ball more and they made it more difficult for us in the second half. We didn’t get the ball down and play as well as in the first half. Come Sunday it’ll be massive to do that for the full game.”
“We wanted to come and win, and take a better result back, but to get it back to our park at nil nil. It’s in our hands now. Hopefully we can take advantage of being at home.”
Templeton had just been substituted and didn’t see the Murray incident late in the game, and thinks it’s perhaps one of those calls that balances out decisions which haven’t gone Accies’ way this season.
We’ve had some tough calls this season, and since I’ve been at Accies. It’s maybe one of those decisions that’s evened itself out but obviously United won’t see it that way. We’ve just got to take advantage of that now, if it was actually a penalty.”
“There’s been a few knocks tonight. The physio will have a look at us in coming days, but I’m feeling good to go, and hopefully Dougie and Massimo can make it. I thought Massimo was brilliant for us tonight even though he was struggling at the end.”
“Overall I’m feeling better with every game now, after being out for so long it’s just good to start and hopefully I can play my part again on Sunday. The play off situation is new for me but I’ve played in a lot of big games so this doesn’t faze me. Hopefully we can get the result on Sunday.”