Mark Gillespie caught up with Saturday’s scorers in our famous victory
After sealing an excellent three points at Ibrox we caught up with goal scorers David Templeton and Darren Lyon at Ibrox. Temps grabbed the opener just after half time, a goal all the sweeter against his former club.
“It was nice to get the goal, and it came at a nice time in the game”, he said. “For us as a team it was massive to come here and get a good result. No one expected us to do that, but we felt confident going into this game, because we’ve been playing well. We knew we’d have to defend well here and Woodsy played really well again, which has been great for us recently.”
Talk us through your goal.
“When young Ross got the ball, I just anticipated that he was going to pass it back to Wes. I think he underhit it which was perfect for me. I was going to hit it to the side of Wes which I think he was expecting, so I managed to go around him. I didn’t finish it with much power, as I didn’t think anyone was near me. Hodson was getting back quickly but luckily for me he didn’t manage to keep it out.”
After the bad run earlier in the season, the manager and players have always said that the belief was always there. Results like this back that up.
“I don’t think anyone expects us to come here and get results like this. We had a few good results at the start of the season, like at Hibs. Two weeks ago we should have won against Aberdeen convincingly. So we came into this game positive and knowing we could get a result. Hopefully this shows that we are a good side and not just a team who always expects to lose.”
How are you feeling after the game today?
“I was tired. We knew Rangers would have a lot of the ball and they made us work off it. I’ve not really had that against other teams yet since my injury, so I think I was tired at that point. The gaffer knew that and changed it, and it’s obviously the right decision. We needed fresh legs to go and work the defence again. I was knackered but thankfully we got the win.”
The Rangers fans were getting on their players’ backs a bit as they pushed for a goal. Did you think that helped with the two goals from breaks?
Yes, having been here I’ve known what it’s like when it’s not going well. It can be difficult when you start to try and force things which I think Rangers did today a times. They were maybe looking for passes that weren’t on at times. I think that all goes to our benefit. We were able to counter attack on a number of occasions, such as for the second goal.
As another former Rangers player Lyon was delighted to get the second, but emphasised the importance of the result for the team.
“I was here but I left as an under 15 but it’s nice to come back and score. Most importantly we got the three points”, he said.
“I wasn’t getting much game time at Rangers. I was pretty small when I was younger as well. I wanted to get more football and when Hamilton came calling it was the best option for me because I knew they gave younger boys a chance. After days like today it feels like the best decision.”
“It is satisfying to come back here and get a good result, but I don’t hold any grudges against Rangers about not getting games. Today just feels good. My dad is also a Rangers supporter, but he was in the Hamilton end today and hopefully enjoyed it.”
For his goal, Lyon made a great run to the far post, just hoping Greg Docherty would pick him out. However, Lyon was thinking Docherty had other ideas.
“To be honest I thought he was going to shoot! I was shouting for the ball, knackered, but he’s put a perfect ball across and I’ve hardly had to break stride to put it away.”
“The goal came at a great time while Rangers were putting on the pressure. They were starting to create chances and it was important that we got that goal to kill things off a bit.”
Lyon is far too young to remember Adrian Sprott, but his own name might now up there alongside Sprott in Accies folklore. For now he is keeping his feet on the ground.
“The most important thing for us is the three points ahead of a tough run of games. The more points we pick up just now, before the winter break, is all that matters to me right now.”
“Some people keep writing us off, but we don’t worry too much about that. Of course it’s nice to prove people wrong, but we’re focused on what we do on the park, and believe in ourselves.”