Web interviewer Martin McConnell caught up with Dougie Imrie after Saturday’s defeat at Rangers
Dougie Imrie Interview
Accies slipped to the foot of the table level on points with Inverness, after a disappointing 4-0 defeat at Ibrox. And with ICT managing to take a point from the Highland derby, we slipped into the relegation place.
Hamilton attacker Dougie Imrie had put in a shift up front for the side, and said of his thankless task, “We didn’t give ourselves a chance and we sat far too deep. We were playing in our own 18-yard box, and it’s difficult for our midfield to get up and support because they’re trying to do their job behind the defence, trying to get the ball off them. So, I thought we caused a lot of our own problems today, but yes it was tough up there on my own at times.”
Then went onto add, “I think we can always do better and it’s never easy coming to places like this and getting beaten 4-0. We’ve just got to pick our heads up now as we’ve got a couple of weeks break, well, a one week break and then straight back into it. So, it gives us some time to reflect on the last four or five weeks, we’ll take out of it what we can, and try and push on.
“We’ve got nine massive games coming up now, four before the split into the bottom six. We can’t allow ourselves to get too deflated as it’s been a tough four or five weeks, albeit that we managed to get three points against Aberdeen. In the last two weeks, especially with the goals that we’ve conceded, hasn’t been good enough from our point of view. But we’ll just keep going, we’ve got a strong group of players here and we’ll give it everything until the end of the season.”
Although Dougie wasn’t happy with the timing of the break, he admitted that it did have a positive side, saying, It’s probably come at a bad time for us, because we’d like to get straight back into things. But it will at least give us some time to get some of our injured players back into the side. Alex D’Acol has just come back today, Michael Devlin wasn’t far off but didn’t make the game. So it gives us time to get our more experienced players back and give us an edge going into the nine games, because we obviously need to pick up points if we want to stay in this league.”
Dougie admitted that the side had missed a cutting edge in recent times, saying, “Alex has been a big miss for us, he has done really well holding the ball up for us and allowing our midfield to move up. I think obviously today, our spaces between defence, midfield and attack, were far too big and didn’t give us that chance to get up and create opportunities.
“That’s something I think we’ll have to work on a little bit. At times we were just giving the ball straight back to Rangers, allowing them to come right back at us and not giving ourselves the opportunity. If the ball comes back, you’re looking around and it’s all Rangers players that you see as we’re that far back in our own half. At times it was difficult, but at least we have that hard run behind us and we can switch our focus onto these last nine games.”
When asked if he had noticed any differences between the Warburton and Caixinha Rangers sides, he said, “I think their ideas are similar and they like to move the ball from side to side really quickly. They maybe get the ball in behind a bit more quickly than Mark Warburton’s side, he liked to move the from side to side a lot more.
“Pedro seemed to want the balls in behind a lot more quickly, you saw them coming off the line a little bit, allowing Wallace and Tavernier to get in behind our full backs. So, that’s maybe something that he has picked up on or that’s his preferred style of play, but they seemed to move the ball more quickly than earlier in the season when we drew 1-1 with them. That’s how I saw it, but their movement is obviously of a different class.”