After Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Celtic Accies media web reporter Mark Gillespie caught up with skipper Dazzler
Darian MacKinnon post-match v Celtic 26/08/18
The tightest of losing margins, tight in the end? We looked well organised.
DM: It was a disciplined performance from us. It’s a shame about the goal from a set piece, but I thought we did our job for the most part of the game apart from that one moment which has cost us at least a point.
We nearly shocked the place with a great opening in the first minute. Things might have turned out very differently?
DM: Yes, Mickel had a great chance, and the goalkeeper’s made a fantastic save. You want it to go in, but all you can ask is for your striker to hit the target, and it’s up to their goalie to make the save.
The game plan looked to be to get supply up to Miller quickly. He looks like he can cause defences problems with his pace this season?
DM: With Mickel being the lone striker, the plan was as soon the game came into the middle, to try and nick the ball off them, and play on the counter. We got some good balls into his feet with us running off him. I thought we did that well.
Obviously as the game goes on with the possession Celtic were having, Mickel and Boydy got tired. We had to get fresh legs on, and I thought the two who came on did OK.
Is such a disciplined performance like today the minimum Accies should expect coming to places like Celtic Park?
DM: We’ve come here before and taken some sore ones. The gaffer’s set us up in the way he wanted us to play, and I thought to a man we all carried it out. It’s all you can ask when you come here, to play your shape, try and do your best and hope to nick something. The only complaint is losing that goal to a set piece, because you’d rather get beaten by a wonder goal.
With all the changes to the squad in close season, how is everyone settling in after three league games?
DM: We were all a bit apprehensive at the start, getting to know each other. A lot of players look good in training but real games are different. I think the boys who have come in are now starting to make an impact, which is all you can ask.
Plenty of positivity looking ahead to St Johnstone next week? They have been something of a bogey team of late.
DM: We’ve not had a good run against them over the years, but that’s there to be put right. We’ll be confident about going for the three points, as will they be. It’ll be good to some more points on the board ahead of the international break.