First team coach Guillaume Beuzelin and scorer Lewis Smith spoke with the media and our reporter Martin McConnell after Saturday’s cup match v Rangers…
That’s probably another week in which the scoreline doesn’t reflect the actual game.
“Indeed. It’s a similar scenario to the Celtic match. It’s hard to take for the boys because they gave so much again and the effort was there. Our game plan was to be nice and compact. To bring four plus two strikers and work very hard up front as well. Obviously that leaves space at the sides and Rangers capitalised on that with crosses and we don’t deal with that. So the effort was there but we will learn from our mistakes here and we need to deal with crosses better than that.”
Are you worried that you’ve now got a few more injuries?
“Yes, it was a difficult situation for us to deal with. Three injuries almost all at the same time. Obviously in the second half when we chase the game like this, we are side to side and Rangers did that very well. It’s very tiring for our players and usually you start to make your substitutions on the 60th to 75th minutes but we couldn’t do that. We conceded our three goals after this period of time. So it’s had an adverse effect on the game obviously.”
Do you think you should have had a penalty in the first half with the hand ball?
“I didn’t see it myself but the boys mentioned it in the dressing room so I can’t really comment on it.”
In terms of Jamie Hamilton, he’s a talented young lad. He’s had plenty of experience already, two red cards and the penalty today. Do you think that he’s the type of player that can take that on board and learn from these kind of incidents?
“Yes, 100%. Sometimes as a young centre back coming through, it takes maybe age 20 or 21 before you start to break through but not at this club. We’ll give him a chance and he’s the type of character that will come back soon. We trust him and he’ll learn from that. It will be the same for the young striker Andrew Winter. I thought he did very well for his first start for us. They need to learn because he did have a chance and maybe he rushed just after we concede. A ball over the top which might have been a header for him fellright on his path but he rushed it a little bit. So I think he’ll watch it back and think he should have done better. When you see him In the under 18s and the reserves, he usually deals with that very well. He’ll be frustrated with that but it’s a great learning environment.”
No David Templeton today. Was that injury?
“No, it’s just prevention. Before he arrived here he hadn’t played in a while for his club in England. He started for us in the match against St Mirren and it was just a matter of game management. Nothing serious.”
Will any of the three injured players be available for Tuesday?
“I’m not quite sure. I think it’s two muscle injuries and the third one I’m not quite sure. We’ll need to assess that after this.”
It was 4-1 last week and 4-1 this week. Do you feel a wee bit hard done by?
“Definitely hard done by. When you look at the goals they’re really soft. At 1-1 we’re well in the game and then in the second half they weren’t creating much I don’t think. They were getting frustrated and then the goal comes out of nothing, then after that we didn’t play the game we played earlier. We then ended up conceding some late goals but over the full game it doesn’t feel like a 4-1 but it is and the goals are really poor.”
That’s two goals against Rangers. Although you didn’t win do you take some personal satisfaction from that?
“Well it’s nice to score in any game but it was obviously an important time to get a goal. They’d taken the lead and our heads had started to go down and it gave us a wee bit of confidence. It could have been 2-1 up going into the second half but we never took our chances and that’s disappointing.”
Was it a penalty kick?
“I’ve not seen it but I did hear a couple of people say that it’s handball but there’s not a lot that we can do about it now.”
You haven’t mentioned the other one with Ryan Kent.
“I haven’t seen it so I’ve nothing really to say about it. Anyway I respect the referee’s decision.”
You were one of three teenagers in the Hamilton team. Do you think the manner in which you stood up to them will stand you in good stead?
“Yes, definitely. Andy and Jamie are two years younger than me and they deserve their chance. I thought they both did well today. Andy ran the channels really well and held the ball up well today in his first start. Jamie’s been good as well.”
He had a tough task today going up against Morelos, will he learn from that experience?
“Definitely, every game is a learning curve and he’s one of the best strikers in the league. It was always going to be tough for him. He’ll learn from it and hopefully kick on.”
You’ve had a lot of game time at a young age. Do you feel you’ve developed because of that?
“Yes, this season I’ve played quite a lot and just unfortunate that I got injured before Christmas but hopefully I can use this as a goal to kick on and get back to were I was before the injury.”
You’ve given away a lot of late goals recently. Is that a concern?
“Yes, it definitely is. As I said the goals were really soft. Especially today I thought we needed to go for it as it was a cup game. Goal difference doesn’t matter. For the fourth goal we’ve got them in the corner and they just break. It’s a screamer to be fair. It’s just frustrating because I don’t think that it’s a 4-1.”