Hamilton Captain Dougie Imrie spoke to the press following the defeat against St. Johnstone…….
It was a tough start and it didn’t get any better did it?
“No, it wasn’t the start we wanted. It is what it is, you know. It was one of those one’s where he comes for the ball and they get there before the keeper. I thought after that we played really well and had a couple of chances that just didn’t fall for us, then we lose another one. A shot that’s parried down which they then score from. From our point of view, we’ve got to follow that in and then help Ryan out in the goal. After going two down it’s then an uphill struggle to get back in the game, because it’s easy for St. Johnstone to just sit and leave it for us to break them down. In the second half it was a bit huff and puff. We had chances, Tony’s shot, like you saw in the first half when St. Johnstone capitalised from the rebound and then we don’t. That’s just about sums up the game for us.”
You seemed to walk across and have a word with the keeper as if to lift his spirits. Do you feel as Captain and a more experienced player, that he was needing a little encouragement at the time?
“Yes, you know, it’s been a long time coming for Ryan. He’s come in and then been injured and out for a while, that’s him just back from another injury. It’s hard, he’s a young keeper and a good keeper. We’ve just got to keep his spirits up, he’s been waiting for his chance for a long time and he’ll be gutted on the bus home. But, like I say, we’re all in this together. We could have done things that would have helped Ryan out but we didn’t. It was a needless foul for the free kick that led to the first goal, and we could have defended better and cleared our lines for the second. It’s a team game and we’re all in this together, it’s not Ryan’s fault, it the collective teams fault.
Having Tony Andreu back must be a boost for the side?
“Yes, when Tony left four years ago he had about fourteen or fifteen goals for us come January. So hopefully Tony can come back and rekindle some of that form for us, and push us further up the table with some goals and assists. But like I’ve said before, it really is a team effort. We’re all behind each other and if someone makes a mistake, it’s the full sides responsibility to put things right as a team.”