After a fantastic three points at Dens Park Martin McConnell caught up with Greg Docherty and David Templeton to give their views on the victory.
What does the result mean?
Greg Docherty: “The result is huge. The main objective from being a goal up was just to see it through, particularly after going down to 10 men. They scored a penalty and we were under the cosh a wee bit, but as a squad we’ve always believed in what we’re doing, and we knew with the work rate we give, it would turn eventually, and today it did. In fact we even managed to get a goal with 10 men, so it’s a good sign again.
Dundee got into some good positions but you handled everything they flung at you?
“They’re at home, so we expected them to come at us, we knew that. I think bringing Rojano on was briliant. It helped give us a bit of pace up top for the final 30 minutes. He was great and going after everything. Raks and Temps in the first half put in an unbelievable shift. But look it was a game where we just needed to take three points, and we’ve done that. We’ve got a good record up here, and they’re obviously so close to us in the league so that’s a big bonus.
Only one goal lost in two games now. That’ll help confidence?
“Yes, and that goal was a penalty. I think Xavier has been unlucky- he’s slipped and the ball hit his hand. It was probably a penalty, but that’s no goals in open play in the last two games, where before we’ve been conceding too much. It’s fantastic for us, especially with Aberdeen to come next week.”
Talk us through the last goal? You seemed to run past half the team?
“With ten men I knew I had to get up and help Rojano as much as I can. He was isolated, but I saw him make the run and thankfully he finished it off.”
The mood in the team is still great?
We’ve always believed in what we’re doing. It’s hard when you’re getting beat and don’t deserve it, but today things went for us and we’ve just got to keep kicking on now. Today I thought we were great. We got that first goal and didn’t stop. We used our impetus and we’ve got to keep doing that, be positive and get something next week against Aberdeen.
David Templeton: “It was obviously important to come and get the win. Coming off the draw with Partick we had to get a good result and obviously we have done that.
Accies did well especially being under the cosh a bit at times?
To be fair I thought they played some good football at times and they made it difficult for us, especially for us up front. It was tough trying to stop them getting out. They were comfortable on the ball at times they take too many chances and I think that showed with the third goal, where they tried to play the ball out and Greg’s nicked in and managed to set up Antonio and get the clincher.
After they got the goal back and you went down to ten men, were you thinking here we go again?
“No- we’re a tight group and all work hard for each other, even when we went down to ten, we knew that the boys out there were going to give it everything they had, try and keep that lead. They did that brilliantly, every one of them. The third goal was perfect for us against the run of play. Dundee were on top and to get the clincher at that time was ideal.”
Talk us through your goal
“It was a free kick we’ve done a few times. Dougie when he got the ball has let me into what we’re going to do, I managed to spin into some space. I managed to get an alright touch and a decent finish.”
Confidence must be great for next Saturday and giving Aberdeen a decent game?
“It’ll be difficult but at our place. Hopefully we can keep the run going with another good result.”