Accies media interviewer Martin McConnell caught up with recent acquisitions Scott Martin and Delphin Tshiembe after Saturday’s defeat at Livingston
Not a great result today but you made a pretty decent start to your career at Accies.
“Aye, in certain parts of the game like getting the ball back and trying to break up play, but I still feel that I can do much better for the team in terms of passing the ball forward to give good service to the strikers. Hopefully I can work on that in the coming weeks and improve.”
How have you and the other recent signings settled in?
“Everyone at the club has been top quality. Right from the reserves through to the first team, they’ve all made me feel very welcome and I think that I’ve settled in very well.”
It wasn’t a great first half in particular for the team. What went wrong?
“I just think we kind of panicked a wee bit as a team and it was a wonder strike that settled the game in the end. In terms of that, there wasn’t a lot else in the game. Second balls and things like that are usually wee things in the game but big in games like this. In the second half I thought we had the better of it but just couldn’t get the result.”
As you say, an improved second half. What did the manager say at half time?
“He just told us that we needed to go and express ourselves more clearly and be more enthusiastic about playing football, and it was as if none of us wanted to play football after our showing in the first half. He kind of took the pressure off our shoulders when he said that if we made a mistake, it wasn’t our responsibility but his alone. So, you’ve got to hand it to the gaffer for second half improvement.”
Lack of creativity today and in some recent games are a worry. Is this something that you feel can be addressed?
“I don’t know. I mean, you can say that there is a lack of creativity but I’d put it down to just being one of those days. I’ve not been involved in the past couple of weeks, but today was just one of those when nothing fell properly for us. We had lots of half chances from running down the sides in the second half and a couple of penalty shouts. So, in those terms you could say that we haven’t created enough, but I still think we got enough from the game to get something and I think we dominated for spells in the second half.”
There’s been plenty of changes to the side in the past couple of weeks. It doesn’t help, does it?
“No, it doesn’t really. With lots of changes it might take a couple of weeks to gel together properly. As professionals we’ve just got to get on with things, do the things that we’re good at and in time we’ll gel together. As professionals, first and foremost we need to give 100%, do the dirty side of the game and then our chances will come and we’ll earn the right to play.”
What attracted you to Scottish football after your time playing in Denmark?
“I just think that I wanted to try something new. I wanted to challenge myself and I’d heard from people that had played in the Scottish league that it’s a different type of football. So, I wanted to try it out for myself. It’s a very physical and high paced style of football, so I wanted to try it for myself and see how I’d adapt to it.”
Who were the people that you spoke to about the game in Denmark?
“Just people in Denmark like friends that had played in England and Scotland as well. So, yes. That was it.”
How have you found the style? Does it suit you?
“I think that it suits me well. Obviously I need to adapt even more but it’s only my fourth game for the club. I still have a lot to learn about the league and the players as well. I don’t know the players, so I have to do a lot of research on the players and the technical analysis guys have given me clips to watch. So, I have that feeling that I need to know the players around the league.”
Is it maybe more physical than you thought it would be?
“No, it’s about what I’d imagined it to be. I thought that it would be very physical, highly paced and people killing it. But I think that’s all good because as a football player you need to try some different things and adapt. That’s why I came here.”
How does the style compare with football that you’ve previously played?
“Obviously I can only compare it with Denmark. In Denmark there is a lot of possession and they’re not attacking forward all the time, putting up second balls then putting up second balls again. In Denmark they like to play back the way and play their triangles.”