Post Aberdeen Cup Interviews – Canning, Docherty, Gillespie

Martin McConnell and Mark Gillespie were in the media room post match

Martin Canning

Manager Martin Canning’s thoughts on the match….

“It was similar to Sunday, although we we’re probably better than we were on Sunday and like you say, it’s small margins. We had a couple of opportunities that we don’t take and they get a ricochet from a break and get their goal. And we didn’t get the rub of the green tonight again, wee Boydy’s one is going in but hits Ali on the line and he’s offside, which just seems to be typical just now and the ball not going in the back of the net.

Rakish also has a good chance in the second half when he is through. Boydy I thought was magic throughout the whole game, and had a shot as well. So, I said to the boys, ‘Am I happy after that? No, I’m not happy because we lost the game. Am I encouraged by what I’m seeing? Yes, I’m encouraged by what I’m seeing.’ We know what we have to get in and we’re working very hard to do that. And if I can add to the squad then great, because there is a lot of positive sides just now.”

Then added “That’s right, we’re looking at two and speaking to a couple just now as well. And if we can get them done then we’ll be happy, but it’s always difficult.” He then confirmed that he was looking for two strikers, saying, “Yes, I’d like to bring two in. Obviously just now we only have Rakish as our recognised striker and wee Boydy, you’ve got Louis as well and Temps who can play there. So, we have a decent squad and I’m happy with the way things are taking shape. I’m obviously always happy with the effort and work rate, the commitment we get every time, it’s just adding that little bit off quality in the final third. If we can do that, then hopefully we can have a good season.”

Greg Docherty

Overall thoughts on the game? 

It’s a disappointing result to take for sure. I think we controlled large spells of the game, we got the ball down and passed it. We can maybe tidy up on certain aspects but that maybe comes from a bit of tiredness. It was a tough game on Sunday for both teams. We have a huge game on Saturday now. We need to get our first win on the board.”

The team worked hard throughout the game- just that final ball that was lacking? 

Even if it’s not going for us we’ll continue to work hard. You’ve just got to keep believing the chances will fall if you continue to work for everything. They did fall tonight, but we just weren’t as clinical as we should have been. We’ll keep working in training and be positive and I’m sure chances will drop for us that we can put away.”

You came closest to scoring on Sunday and again tonight for Accies? 

Yes, I’m frustrated but I’m getting into those areas of the pitch and I know if I maintain that level it’s bound to drop for me sometime. It’s my aim to help the team out a lot more with goals this year.”

Another impressive performance from Steven Boyd. Is he growing into a first team player? 

Boydy’s been fantastic. The more games he’ll get, the confidence will rise too. Some of his touches tonight were fantastic, and you can see he is phenomenal on the ball at times. He just adds to our options up front, with David Templeton also hopefully not far away either.” 

Second loss to Aberdeen in three days, but Accies have shown they can live with teams at the top? 

It’s early yet so I don’t think you can look into it too much. We’re disappointed because we want to beat every team we’re up against, but we did play well for large spells and we did improve again from Sunday. We have lots of positives to take from these games but we’re going to have to take the initiative right to Dundee on Saturday.” 

Important psychologically to get off the mark on Saturday against Dundee? 

We need to win, especially in our home games against the teams who might be around about us. It’s going to be a dog fight again, even looking far ahead. It’s a tough schedule over Christmas I have seen, so we need to pick up points where we can, starting on Saturday.”

Grant Gillespie

Thought’s on the game?

It’s another frustrating outcome. We’ve more than matched the second-best team in Scotland over two games I felt. We’ve got great belief in the squad and everybody works hard for each other. It gives us plenty of positives to take on into the game on Saturday. It’s still early on in the season but things will turn for us if we continue from the last two games. We’ll start to score goals.” 

The final ball was all that was missing at times. You created a great opening yourself on 84 minutes? 

Yes, what let us down was our judgement in the final third at times. We couldn’t find that killer ball. It’s still early in the season though and there’s more to come from us, starting on Saturday.” 

After tonight you’ll be hoping to stake a claim for a first team start? 

I was obviously disappointed not to play on Sunday, but I took it on the chin. The manager knows I’m always ready and willing to contribute to the team. Tonight, I hopefully showed him that, in whatever area of the pitch he chooses to play me. I did OK tonight I think, and hopefully I can be in his plans for Saturday. 

Saturday’s really Important now to get a win on the board. We know we need to win at home if we’re going to do well in this league, and nobody likes to come here. We’ve got to use that to our advantage as we did last season, building a fortress at home.”