Reporter Martin McConnell spoke with Gary Woods and Danny Redmond after Saturday’s game
Was that a difficult one for the side to take today?
“Yes, I think it was. I’m standing here saying the same old thing that I say every other week and we let in three avoidable goals. We had a couple of chances first half, and I thought we’d played better than we have since the break. We had a really young and inexperienced team and the lads that have come in have been brilliant. But like I say, there were three avoidable goals. The first one has been headed off our man, six yards out, he swivels and scores. The second, he’s free, twelve yards out after the ball has been blocked and the third one, there’s a mix up when there should have been two in the wall, we didn’t get out, and they play a quick free kick. I think at the minute, we’re almost beating ourselves and there is a lot of things to improve on. But yes, it wasn’t a nice one to take and I personally don’t think there was three goals of a difference.”
Pittodrie has proved to be a difficult venue for Accies to play at over recent years, but that wasn’t the greatest Aberdeen performance out there today was it?
“They had a game midweek and we didn’t and that maybe took a toll on them. They weren’t brilliant, but we were good defensively first half and that may have helped. In the second, we seemed to run out of legs as a lot of our players hadn’t played in a while. But you know, it was a hard one to take despite Aberdeen not being bang on it. Despite that, we know that Aberdeen are a good team and they aren’t second in the league for no reason.”
Second half, do you think that a wee bit of inexperience in midfield and a lack of a creativity up front cost us in the end?
“No, I don’t think so. I think Marios was good in the first half and fought for everything, putting their two centre backs on edge. He hasn’t played a lot of football either, so I think that tiredness set in there. But yes, we didn’t create anything in the second half and that is certainly a concern for us. Yes, they’re a good team but when your 1-0 down you’d like to think that you’re going to get a couple of chances. It wasn’t to be, and we ended up on the end of a 3-0.”
Darian and Dougie were missed, weren’t they?
“Yes of course, they’re experienced players. As you saw today, they’re weren’t many over 22 in the side. So yes, when you have the experienced lads in there it certainly helps on the pitch. I thought all the young lads that came into the side today, having not not played much, were very good. Coming to Aberdeen is difficult enough with a full-strength squad, never mind a depleted one. So overall, the goals were all avoidable, but the performance wasn’t too bad.”
It’s good for the young lads to build on.
“It’s obviously a brilliant experience for them. There’s not many places where you’re going to get the experience at that age, and that’s something that this club seems to excel at with it’s youth set up. For them yes, it’s fantastic but we need points at this moment in time. There are a few teams around us and we’re looking over our shoulder, but with talent in our side we should be higher up the table than we are.”
How important will mental strength be in the coming weeks?
“Yes, it will definitely play a part. Our next game is Rangers and they were beaten today and we beat them at Ibrox, so they’ll be looking to get one back on us. We’ll need to go into that game defending much better and create more opportunities up front. If we can do that then we’ll start to pick up some points.”
It must have been tough as an advance player, not getting much service up that side of the pitch?
“Yes, it’s always going to be tough at Aberdeen as they’re a good team, but I’m mostly frustrated at my own performance. A few good passes came through to me and I didn’t get there, but we’ve got to keep going and pick ourselves up as a team then go again next time.”
I think that there was only one shot on goal and you didn’t really pressure them in the second half. I’m assuming that’s something that you’re going to need to rectify.
“Yes, definitely. We’re going to need to score as many goals as we can, and if we’re not getting the service and the shots off then that isn’t going to happen. It’s definitely something that we’re going to have to work on. It’s part of my game and I like to get forward, so it’s something that I’ll clearly have to work on.”
With Greg gone and Darian out for the foreseeable future and David Templeton suspended. Can you overcome such damage to the midfield?
“Yes, I think so. Young Fergie came into the side for the past few games and has been outstanding. He’s got that bit of nastiness about him and the technical ability too, it’s also a chance for the younger lads to step up and show the gaffer that they’re good enough.”
It was all going so well before the break. Do you think that the break and the missing players have stalled that momentum?
“Maybe. We’ve got a free weekend next week and that could do us some favours. We can hopefully get ourselves back together again, work hard in training, get back to it and see where that takes us.”