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Woods and Imrie post match Saturday

After Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Dundee web reporter Mark Gillespie caught up with Dougie Imrie and Gary Woods to give their thoughts on the game. A disappointed Accies captain saw unfortunate parallels with the midweek defeat to Hearts.

Dougie Imrie

“Just like Wednesday, we had control of the game for 60 minutes and mistakes have cost us. If Temps free kick goes in at 1-0 I think we’d have gone on to win the game. We didn’t look like losing but mistakes change games. It’s a sore one to take again.”

“I don’t know where the eight minutes of injury time came from, but that’s two crosses into the box and we lose the game 2-1. Every game gets harder. We’ve got to start seeing these games out.”

Neil McCann was suggesting you were trying to run the clock down?

“I don’t think so. The wind was making it difficult for Gary to kick the ball out. I found it that way even myself with free kicks and corners. If the ball’s moving, you can’t kick it. Gary’s been trying to move the ball as quickly as he can.”

Finishing the game with nine men made it even tougher to see the game out?

“It did. Darian’s had a sore one and is off for a scan, so we’ll see how he is. Hopefully it isn’t too serious as he’s been an important player for us over the last few years. Losing Greg, Grant and Michael from the club over the last few days means we need as many experienced players as we can get at the moment.”

“The squad’s pretty thin, but we’ve got some good players and we’ll hopefully add to the squad, but we need to stop shooting ourselves in the foot.”

On the plus side Marios looked good when he came on?

“Yes, I thought he did well on Wednesday night too. I don’t know how many games he’s played this season. Maybe he’s just needing to get a wee bit of match fitness until we see the best of him. I thought Antonio and Temps did well today up top. Toni’s been out for seven or eight weeks too, so he’s looking to get his match sharpness back.”

Dougie takes over the captain’s arm band from Mikey Devlin, who has signed for Aberdeen. He is full of praise for the club’s former captain and wishes all the best….

“He has been a fantastic servant to the club. Obviously, Aberdeen have seen how good a player Michael is, and that’s why they’ve signed him even though he’s still injured. He’s had a hard time lately with injuries but I’m sure he’ll come back and be as strong as ever. I just want to see him come back and do well for himself.  It’s a fantastic move for him but also a massive blow for us.”

Football can be a brutal game at times, but keeper Gary Woods thinks the stoppage time defeat was a reality check for Accies….

“We’ve only got ourselves to blame. They got a new lease of life with the extra man. I thought we were comfortable until then. Dundee hadn’t really had anything at us for the whole game, but by the end of the game, we were backs against the wall and they piled a lot of pressure on our box. When they’ve scored we were actually down to nine men with Darian off the pitch. It’s a hard one to take, but we need to get better.”

The defending for both Dundee goals must have been a disappointment?

“The first goal’s not good enough from us. We clear the first corner, but Allan gets to bring it down and play it back into the box. We were down to nine men for the winner, but their man has got his toe to it and directed it in.”

“We’ve been having far too many individual mistakes, and we seem to be getting punished for every single one. We were good against Hearts for up to 60 minutes and gave goals away. Today again, I didn’t think either team was great, but we were one up early on and should have seen it through.”

Are the changes to the squad affecting the team spirit in the dressing room?

“We’re professionals. People come and go all the time in our game. A lot of people have left who have been a big part of this club over the years. But we need to move on. I’m sure the board will be looking at bringing new faces in too, so we don’t let any of that affect us.”



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