Accies web interviewer Mark Gillespie caught up with Dougie Imrie and Ziggy Gordon after Saturday’s win at Paisley…
Dougie Imrie got Accies on their way to a big three points, and thinks we were well worth the win.
Dougie Imrie: “I’m delighted to get the three points and back to an old stomping ground with a goal as well. For me it’s a great day.”
“We knew the importance of this game before we came into it. I thought that over 90 minutes we were by far the better team. We got 2-0 up and then a slack goal let them back in. They put us under some pressure in the second half, but then Keatsty’s wonderful finish has won the game for us.
“We’ve just got to try and keep Keatsy fit. He’s a fantastic player, and could be very important from now until the end of the season. It was fanstastic to see him get his first premiership goal, and hopefully that kicks him on.”
It was difficult losing one right on the interval. What was the talk at half time?
DI: “The gaffer just said keep going the way we were. We were comfortable in the game at 2-0. I thought we had played really well in the first half. They had some fire at the start of second half, but Keatsy’s deflated that and I think we saw the game out comfortably.”
What does Keatsy need to add to his game to be a big player in this division?
DI: “For me he’s just been unlucky. He’s had injuries at the wrong time. He picks up injuries, maybe misses three or four games and then the team’s doing well and he finds himself out of the team. If he can keep going the way he’s going, and grow in confidence and he’ll be a massive player.”
Keatings is someone who could replace Templeton as a real match winner, and with his set piece deliveries?
DI: “Temps was the same, with injuries too, keeping him fit. When he was you saw what he was all about, with assists, winners and pinging shots into the top corner out of nowhere.”
Do you ever get tired getting written off season after season?
DI: “We’re used to it and we’re not bothered. We know what we’re about and pop up with wins here and there. It’s another massive one on Wednesday. We’ll be going there with the same attitude, and work rate.”
Ziggy Gordon netted just his sixth Accies goal, and first since 2015. He was delighted to help deliver the three points, but confessed to a few doubts even when we had control of the game.
Ziggy Gordon: “Even at 3-1 I wasn’t so confident. When they went down to 10 men they became a bigger threat If I’m being honest. They showed a lot of endeavour which I didn’t see coming in the last 30 minutes.It’s enjoyable winning games, but sometimes you need to roll up the sleeves and grind out a result.
“We thought we could see out the game, St Mirren kept coming. But then Keatsy’s put one in the top bin which is the wee bit of magic we need.”
“Keatsy’s shown what he’s capable of doing. If we can get more performances like that out of him on a consistent basis, then we’re in business. We have a few players who can make a difference in games like these, like Steven Boyd and Mickel Miller too. We’ve got these players with quality. The biggest thing is getting the ball up to them for them to show what they can do.”
St Mirren were on a roll, with four points from their last two games. Do you think mentally this could be a decisive result?
ZG: “Honestly I don’t believe that to be true. They showed today that they’ve got a lot of enthusiasm even when they were 2-0 down. I thought they showed a lot of pride and we had to match them for it. I thought we did that and showed that bit of individual quality which perhaps they don’t have.”
Were you worried when you brought Jackson down outside the box that it might have been worse than a yellow?
ZG: “I’m experienced enough to know when to and when not to. I knew Matt Kilgallon was covering goal side. I knew I was giving away the free kick and a yellow card.”
“I knew that one more challenge and I was probably off. It was the right decision by the gaffer to bring me off. We’ve got a massive game at Dundee on Wednesday and we need a full strength squad.”
What’s your take on the goalkeeping situation?
ZG: “Woodsy has been terrific for us, but people might not know he’s had a few injuries to play through. I think he’ll agree that maybe he needs one or two weeks out for himself. It’s not because of lack of ability that he didn’t play today. We’ve depended on him so much over the past couple of seasons, and he’ll be important to the team again.”
“I thought big Jan was excellent and you could see how he influenced things at the back, slowing the game down at the right times and things. I am really pleased for him.”