Darian MacKinnon post EK match

Web reporter Mark Gillespie caught up with our opening goalscorer after the match

Darian MacKinnon Interview

These games are often a hiding to nothing when you’re strong favourites. Was it good just to get the job done?

DM: “Yes, it was. In the first half, we played well but never took our chances. In the second half, we were really sloppy though. It was just good get a win in the end and a good start to the season for us.”

The team seemed quiet in the second half. You seemed to be the one geeing them up?

DM: “We’ve had a few hard weeks training and I think if we had got another goal in the first half we would have been buzzing. It’s early in the season to be analysing things too much like that. It’s my job, Dougie’s and the other experienced players to try and get everybody going when they’re not really up for it. It’s difficult when it’s against teams trying their hardest like today to cause a shock. We’ve been here before against Annan and we’re just glad to get the job done in the end.”

You took your goal well after a good spell of dominance for Accies?

DM: “Yes, I don’t get many. I just closed my eyes and it went in! But, no, it was a good finish and I’m happy with that. Hopefully there’s a few more to come from me in the rest of the season.”

The team missed a lot of chances and then it’s 1-1. Did the doubts start to creep in?

DM: “Of course. But we have good characters in the team and experience. We knew if we stuck at it and kept knocking the ball around we’d get another goal, and we got two. We have guys who have been over the course before and played at a good level for years. If you panic then you probably lose. We just stuck to our game.”

Will Bingham’s miss affect his confidence?

DM: “It was a bad one for him but it was a snap shot. But he’ll score goals for us this season. He’s been looking really sharp in training and I’m sure he’ll bounce back.”

Are these Betfred games a good workout with the competitive edge?

DM: “Maybe. Last year we lost to Ayr and we learned if we’re not at it in every game, we’re not good enough to just turn up and win. We need to be bang at it every week. It was a good run out and 90 minutes under our belt. Queen of the South are another step up next week. They’re a good side and we’ll show them due respect. But we’ll be fitter and stronger after today and another weeks training.”