After a fighting draw at Rugby Park web Reporter Mark Gillespie caught up with Dougie Imrie and James Keatings post-match. The Accies scorer was in the end disappointed not to be travelling home with a victory:
Dougie Imrie: Overall, it’s pleasing to come away from a difficult venue with a point, albeit overall I thought we should have got three. I thought we defended really well and created numerous chances.
It says something that Gary Woods didn’t have a lot to do?
DI: He wasn’t put under any pressure, really. Apart from their goal we nullified Killie really well. The gaffer’s highlighted how well we defended, and that’s what we’ve got to do to pick up points. I think in the last two games, outwith the final seven minutes against Rangers we’ve done that.
How much of a boost to put on a performance like that after the way last week’s match ended?
DI: Last week we did fantastically well until the last seven minutes against Rangers. Today we’ve carried that on. If we want to pick up points and move up this league that’s the level of performance we need to put in week in, week out, from front to back. We can’t just turn up for two or three games. We have to do this for the rest of the season.
It’s typical Accies to make a habit of picking up points when we’re least expected to?
DI: That’s the way it’s been. When everyone expects us to get turned over we pull a result out of the bag. the gaffer keeps harping on about us achieving a level of consistency. We’ve got to cut out the five or six games without points. If we keep the level of consistency we’ve shown on the last two games I’m sure we’ll start moving up this league.
James Keatings set up the opener but was still reliving that second half miss which could have won us all three points.
JK: I’m just beating myself up about it now. I should have scored at the back post. I’m coming off today thinking we should have taken three points away. I’ve apologised to the lads, but we win, lose or draw as a team. We just go again and I’ll try and chase my first goal in the Premiership.
Are you claiming the free kick for the goal?
JK: I was just trying to put the ball into an area, aiming for the back stick. I don’t know if Dougie touches it. Most importantly it’s a goal for the team.
Given the run we’ve been on, losing six in seven, today still shows a real resilience in the team?
JK: Yes, coming off the Rangers game we thought we competed well. I don’t think we deserved the result it was. We knew coming here it was going to be another tough game, given where Killie are sitting in the league. The way we performed showed we can compete. We can go and take points from anyone.
It speaks volumes to get a point today. It’s up to us now to get some consistency into our game and pick up some more points along the way.