Alex Gogic and Will Collar spoke to the press and our Martin McConnell following the Livingston match…
It was a bit of a frustrating day for the side wasn’t it?
“Yeah it was. We go one up then on the next phase, attack, we concede. Then they get a second. We just concede very easy goals. We’ve got to play much better than that.”
Taking the lead like Wednesday night then not being able to hang on. How do you explain it?
“Yeah, we’ve got to learn from these type of mistakes and try to get better. We have to get better, not try, and get better. Otherwise we’ll be in big trouble.”
The manager was very disappointed. He was accepting of the fact that you’re low in numbers whilst carrying a number of injuries. Would you agree with that?
“Yeah, there is that but we have a squad and every player that starts must give one hundred percent always and at the end of the day that was unacceptable and we’ve got to win those type of games.”
Did you see much of the penalty incident? Was it a penalty?
“Well it was a bit further on from were I was positioned. Well I saw….I don’t know, I don’t know. It was the assistant that gave it but I’m thinking ‘How could he see it when I couldn’t see it?’.
It’s a tough run in now isn’t it, with the big two coming. How do you pick yourself up for that?
“We have too. There’s no choice other than that. Even today it was a hard game and we know we need to win games. No matter who we play against we’ve got to have the mentality that we can win the game. If it happens to be Celtic and we go soft, you just can’t do that.”
Was it a disappointing day after such a good start?
“Yeah, obviously we go one nil up and I thought we started quite well. Then they score straight after us and then we sort of found ourselves two down before getting back into things in the second half. We then, I don’t know maybe hit the panic button and concede another couple of goals. Yes it’s really disappointing.”
The penalty decision was controversial. What are your thoughts on that?
“I didn’t really see it. All I saw were all the players with their hands up in the air and it hitting a hand. What hand it hit I don’t know but you can see why it’s been given. I’m just disappointed with the result really.”
Hitting the ‘panic button’ is quite an interesting phrase to use. Do you think the team did lose it’s shape or lose it’s head?
“I think so yes. I think sometimes we could show a bit more composure than we do. I mean when we have a lead in the game, for some reason, I don’t know, we stop playing in the manner we would do if we hadn’t scored. Like say the game was 0-0 or whatever, I don’t know why it is but it needs sorting out definitely.”
I was at the game midweek too and at half-time it was as comfortable as it could get. The game then changed a lot.
“Yes, even going ten minutes into the second half and I thought we were fine. I don’t know, they made a couple of changes and changed their shape a little bit and for whatever reason we sometimes can’t deal with that.”
What do you think is needed when results are going against you, players are getting injured, make do defences and the manager has his hearing this week? Are you going to get a kind of siege mentality thing going on here?
“No, not really. I think if any club knows how to bloody dig in and survive then it’s this club. They’ve done it for the last six years and always been the underdogs kind of thing. If anyone knows how to do it then it’s us.”