Our web reporter Mark Gillespie caught up with Blair Alston following the 3-0 defeat at Dingwall last Saturday
Tough start to the season?
Blair Alston: We couldn’t have made it much worse for ourselves. We had a game plan to come up and try and make it difficult for them, and we never did that at all. We gave away soft goals, we were cheap in possession. Everything we didn’t want to be. We never competed how we wanted to. We got exactly what we deserved.
Why do you think that happens to a team sometimes, when you come with a plan, you’re all on it and it doesn’t happen?
BA: Sometimes you don’t perform the way you want to and that happens. In terms of today they were pumped for it, with the championship flag rolled out and a big crowd for them. We just never got going at all. We set targets to keep it 0-0 for the first 20 minutes. But we didn’t create many chances. It was waves of attack from them in the first half.
After half time we gave it a wee go but we’ve lost another soft goal. At 2-0 you know that a goal makes a difference, you’re still in the game. At 3-0 it’s virtually impossible and they killed the game off. We just never got going at all.
Accies always bounce back from these setbacks. It’s just part of who we are?
BA: In the dressing room everyone’s quiet, but at the same time we’ve got 37 games to go this season. It’s not doom and gloom, it’s far from that. It’s a blip and a disappointing result but it’s the first game of the season. There’s a long, long way to go.
We never performed and we’re disappointed for fans who travelled all this way to watch us play like that. All I can say is we’re feeling it as well. We know that next week just becomes more important. We’re a team who has bounced back in the past and there’s no reason why we won’t do it again this year.
How are you enjoying it at Accies so far?
BA: Apart from today’s result it has been brilliant. For me it’s all about trying to perform how I know I can. Today I was nowhere near it, but hopefully with enough games this season I can turn it around.