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Post Final with Dougie Imrie

Martin McConnell caught up with Dougie Imrie after Sunday’s win

Dougie Imrie Interview – Accies v Dundee United

Can you talk us through your emotions after that match?

“I’m absolutely delighted, I thought that over the two legs we were the better team. I think we deserved to stay in the Premiership, but commiserations to Dundee United, they put in a good effort but over the piece with the opportunities that we created, I think we had the best of them and I thought that the better team went through.”

What does it say about the spirit of you guys to do this?

“Well the media keep saying that we’re going to be relegated, so we’ll just keep proving people wrong, you’re in, you’re out. So, I’m sure you’ll tip us for relegation next year as well.”

How much does it mean to you to have secured your place in the Premiership?

“I’m delighted, that’s where you want to play. It’s where all the big games are, and it just shows what spirit we have here. We made it hard for ourselves, don’t get me wrong. I thought going into the split that we had made ourselves comfortable. To then go and lose four games in a row and then have to beat Dundee here, and win this one over two legs. Like I’ve already said, I think you can see the spirit and character that we have here.”

What’s it like to play in a game like that?

“It’s nervy. Even today coming into the game, I had nerves. I had to play through an injury, the adrenaline must have kicked in because I didn’t really feel it until the wee boy done me the first thing in the first half. It’s just one of those things, but listen, we’re all delighted as a club to stay in the Premiership for another season.”

With yourself injured and another three sat in the stand, it’s another testament to the side.

“I think that’s true. The lad’s that came in for me, I think that Greg Docherty was outstanding. He was booked early on and it shows the maturity that he has now got, that he can pop up with the goal, which was a fantastic finish. I forgot to say, that Cammy Bell was magnificent over the two legs. The amount of saves that he pulled off over the two games, the one from Rakish and then the one today from Ali was fantastic. And obviously commiserations to him and his team mates, but like I say, over the piece we deserved it and everyman was excellent today.

Greg Docherty’s strike was a moment of real quality.

“He has that in his locker you know, he has a fantastic strike and he doesn’t use it enough. Today he has struck it and it has gone in and I’m delighted for him as he has been frustrated over the last few weeks in not starting and whatever. But that’s the way things go in football sometimes and you just have to wait for your turn. He has got his turn and proved to the manager that he should be starting, and obviously he’ll want to push on again next season and get some more game time.”

How much pain were you in out there?

“What do you think? I was in a lot of pain, but listen, I popped a few pills before the game and that numbed a wee bit if you like. That was until the young lad did me the first time, but that’s what you’ve got to do to get through the game and thankfully it paid off. I had to play through the pain to get to where we wanted, and I done that.”

“At the time when he done me, I thought that I’d need to come off because it was painful and I could hardly breathe. Once I got going it became okay again and the adrenaline got me through the game.”

 

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