After the game on Wednesday Mark Gillespie got the thoughts of manager Martin Canning and team captain Dougie Imrie
Accies boss Martin Canning and Dougie Imrie shared their feelings after the 3-0 defeat against Hearts…..
You wouldn’t have seen that coming at half time or even after an hour?
“No, definitely not. I thought we were the better team up until the hour. It was the same old same old just now, crazy mistakes, crazy mistakes. It’s almost hard to believe that you can make four mistakes as we’ve made in the last two games. It’s baffling, but that’s where we are, and we need to make sure we get our head down and work through it. It’s a hard one because like you say, with an hour gone I thought we were going to win the game. I wasn’t even thinking about taking a point, I was thinking it was a good opportunity to win the game and was looking to bring on Rojano. He wasn’t fit enough to start the game but I felt that he could give me a good 20, 25 minutes. I’m thinking, right, when the time comes we can get him on and push to win the game. Then all of a sudden you find yourself two down, then the third goal is just crazy as well. Just individual mistakes. I spent a long time last week just going through the goals that we’ve conceded this season, to see what we could do to try to tighten up a wee bit. When you look back, quite a lot of them are individual errors and it’s costing us just now.”
What do you do to address that?
“You take the guys out of the team that are making the mistakes and let them recover. But that’s not a luxury that we’ve got at the minute, because we don’t have the depth of the squad. We’ve obviously got players that are out injured, we’re looking at bringing one or two in and that’s something that we’ll continue to work on.”
You’re also going to lose Greg Docherty. How big a blow is that going to be for you?
“Yes, it’s going to be a blow in terms of the team obviously. We don’t want to lose any of our good players and Greg has been productive with his goals and assists this season. He’s a big part of what we’ve been doing, but that’s football and it’s this clubs ethos as well. The Chairman always says that he’ll never stand in a kids way if it’s the right offer for the club, and the right offer for the player. We’ve done our job getting the player from the academy to the 20’s, to the first team and moving them on. The club benefits financially, the player benefits from moving on again, so, that’s part of our model working. Then you’ve got young Lewis Ferguson that comes in to replace Greg if you like tonight. I thought he was excellent, so, he’s the next one in the line to come through. For us that’s part of our process, that’s like I say the model of the club working, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Obviously, we’re losing a good player, but as a club and as an ethos that we’ve got here, it’s working.”
How do you think he’ll do at Ibrox?
“I think he’ll do well. I think he has all the attributes. You’ve spoke to him plenty yourself, he’s a level-headed boy and very mature for his age. He believes in himself, has good qualities and is very powerful. Like I say, this season for us, I think he’s top or second in terms of goals and assists combined. So, he’s creative and scores goals. He has a bright future and I wish him all the best. He’s been a big part of things since I’ve taken over, he has played a lot of games for me. His first start came under me and he’s kicked on great and done really well. I’ve had him at the under 17’s as well, so I’ve been with him for a long time and it’s great for him to get this opportunity and I hope that he takes it.”
“Yes, I think you’re right. In the first half I thought we dominated the game. The start of the second half it looked like we were going to get the goal, then for whatever reason we just make stupid errors, and it’s killing us. But we’re a team and we’re all in it together, it’s not just one person. It’s a team effort and there is eleven of us on the park, so we’ve got to take it together. Like I say, we’re not giving ourselves a chance at the moment. Saturday at Motherwell, an own goal and we give away a penalty needlessly. Then again tonight, three mistakes. So, we’ve really got to try and cut them out. Again Saturday, it’s a good game for us to go and try and take something from. But if we keep doing that we’re going to find ourselves in a tricky position in the weeks to come.”
What is it nervousness or a lack of concentration do you think?
“Who knows? It’s hard to say. It’s disappointing because in the first half we nullified them to virtually nothing. We had opportunities ourselves, Temps knows himself that when he was through he could have maybe slipped Daz in, as Daz has the better opportunity. It’s all about decision making, and you could say that with the decision making on the park. If Alex just puts the ball into the stand, Hearts don’t go 1-0 up and we’d probably still have been in the ascendancy. If Temps had maybe slipped Daz in, Daz has a shot and the keeper saves it, then maybe a tap in for us. So, games change on decisions and like I say, we’re just disappointed that we’ve done that tonight again after Saturday. We spoke about it during the week and it’s happened again, but we’ll stick together and go again this Saturday.”
The first goal is always the most important one isn’t it?
“It’s the same every week, it’s the first goal. Normally, whoever scores the first goal generally goes on to win the game, and that’s just what happens. For us it’s disappointing that we were the better team for the first 60 minutes of the game. Same at Tynecastle as well, better team and we draw 1-1. First game here this season, I know they beat us 2-1 but after the first 15 minutes we’re the better team for 75 minutes. So, I think that when we’re on top we’ve got to try and punish teams and not give them opportunities like we did tonight.”
That’s Greg now signing for Rangers, how big a loss will that be for the club?
“It’s massive, Greg has been a fantastic servant for this club. He’s deserves his move as he’s worked really hard to get where he is and has played over 100 games for Hamilton. So, I wish him all the best and I’m sure that all the players wish him all the best too, he deserves it as he has worked his socks off to get that opportunity. But like I say, it will leave a massive gap in the team that we’ll try and fill. Over the last two or three years Greg has filled that position wherever he has played in the side fantastically well. He has reaped the rewards for that and has now got a move to Rangers, and it’s all credit to himself.”
Do you think Greg will be able to make the step up and do well?
“He has obviously got the ability to do that, he just needs to believe in himself and I’m sure he will. He that kind of kid anyway, he’s level headed and I’m sure he’ll go there and give it his best shot and if he does that, he’ll be a great player for Rangers.”
It’s good news for Scottish football as well. Like McArthur and McCarthy both going to England, it’s good for the player making that step up.
“Yes, definitely. I think it’s great for him and it’s great for the club and hopefully in the years to come it’s great for Scotland too. I’m sure Greg wants to get into the International scene. He is in the 21’s at the moment and I’m sure his aim will be to break into the Rangers first team, and from there into the national squad. If he can keep developing like he has done here, I’ve no doubts that he can go on to be a Scottish International and hopefully for him, play every week for Rangers.”