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Post match comments after Dundee 3-0

Mark Gillespie caught up with Martin Canning after the game…

Accies boss Martin Canning said afterwards, “I wanted us to get the ball down and play, and we were a little bit casual and got caught on the ball twice early on and gave them opportunities. Woodsy was excellent and made three or four saves that made the game comfortable in end in terms of the scoreline.

But I was pleased that we grew into the game as you say, we got the first goal and the second from wee Boydy, was the thing that we struggled with last year. To get that second goal makes the game that little bit more comfortable. It was a great finish from wee Boydy, he’s been magic all preseason and has carried his form into the start of the season and if he can continue to play like that he’ll be great for us”

He then added, “It’s a bit of quality, that’s what he’s got and does it every day in training and watching him for the last two years in 20s games. He sees things that others don’t and has that bit of quality and a low centre of gravity as well. Great feet and he’s got great vision, so he’s a really exciting prospect but obviously I keep on saying to him ‘just go and enjoy it’.

At this stage getting a chance to play in the Premiership, it’s about enjoyment, not feeling the pressure and letting him go and relax and play. What will be will be and fortunately enough just now, we’ve had good performances. If he can continue to do that, then he’ll be a great addition to the first team squad, all be it he has been training with us for a year, and went out on loan last season for the first part. Now we’ve got him back playing with us in the Premiership, it’s great.”

And Dougie Imrie

After celebrating his 200th starting appearance by netting a spot kick for Accies third in the 3-0 win over Dundee, Dougie Imrie was pleased with the result but still saw room for improvement.

“It’s great to win at any time of the season but to get the 3-0 win this early is great. I thought we were comfortable in the game, but some of our own mistakes led to Dundee’s opportunities today and I think we need to cut them out. On another day, it could have been five each but I think overall we deserved the win.”

The Accies veteran was full of praise for team mate Steven Boyd, saying, “I thought Boydy’s goal was outstanding, he took his touch away and he’s just lobbed the keeper. He showed fantastic awareness of where he is on the park throughout. And that really set us up. I thought everyone to a man worked their socks off to keep the pressure on Dundee, and we could maybe have scored more.”

And added, “I also thought Gary Woods was a man mountain for us in goal, pulling off a few outstanding saves at important times in the game.”

 

Dougie can see Accies making progress in the league, even after the two defeats to Aberdeen. “Last week was disappointing up there in Aberdeen. We had chances in that game and we did well against them down here in midweek also, without really creating many opportunities. Today though it all came together, albeit we made mistakes that Dundee never capitalised on.”

 

Imrie stepped up to net from the spot, but cast some doubt on both the second half penalty decisions, “I didn’t think they should have had a penalty but I’ll need to see it again. The player has taken his touch and lost his balance. I don’t think Ioannis Skondras has touched him. Gladly Scott Allan has missed it and I thought we got a break of our own for our penalty which was maybe a touch soft.”

 

“To be fair I’m not the best at penalties in training! I don’t think I’ve scored one this season. But if Rakish Bingham’s not there I’m more than happy to step up, and always confident I can score from 12 yards.”

 

“Next week is massive again. Hibs have started the season really well, winning at Ibrox today. They’ll obviously be up for it as well given there’s some history between us. But if we can play anything like today it’ll be a good one for the spectators. We’re really looking forward to the challenge.”

 

“I think we only had one victory away from home all last season. So, we’ve got to try and rectify that. Our home form remains good again this season, so hopefully today’s result gives us the confidence to kick on for the rest of the season.”

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