Accies media Martin McConnell grabbed a word with striker James Keatings following the match at Fir Park…

Today’s result must be a real disappointment for everyone following the heroics against Aberdeen?

“Obviously coming off a good result you want to build on that and kick on. It was disappointing in the first half to let in three goals. We wanted to keep it as tight as we could going in at half-time but obviously we conceded the three. We came out at half-time and were able to give the manager a reaction. It’s disappointing. It’s a derby match. It means the most to the fans and where we sit in the table means that we needed the points. It’s definitely a sore one for the boys to take.”

Motherwell came out flying in those first ten minutes, do you think that set the tone for the rest of the first half?

“That’s it. They’ve came out flying. We’ve conceded a couple of goals straight away and that sets the tempo for them. It gives them a lift and they seem to just go up the gears in the first half. So it was up to us to come out second half on the front foot and put them under a bit of pressure. We did manage to do that and produce a few half chances. On another day maybe one or two of them would have gone in and the game might have swung. That’s what we were hoping, but it didn’t work out that way for us today.”

What was the feeling amongst the team about the penalty Motherwell were awarded early on?

“I think obviously that the foul on George at the start of the second half was more of a clean penalty than their one was. I asked the referee on the pitch at the time and he wasn’t  interested in talking about it. These things happen though, things go for you and things go against you. It’s more important in the way that you react to it. Some are given and some won’t be, that’s just it.”

The Manager always talks about being brave on the ball and taking responsibility for it when you come into possession. That was missing in the first half but much improved in the second. You brought some influence into the attack and the side seemed to respond to that.

“Obviously I had to come on and try to make a difference. And with the way that I like to play, I like to get on the ball and create things, have shots and try to get myself some goals. The boys managed to get me on the ball and I’ve tried my best to have an influence on the game.”

The focus now switches to the Hearts game in a week’s time. Are you confident we can take something from that?

“Totally. Every game is massive for us now. We haven’t got many games left now and need to pick up as many points as we can. We know exactly where we’re sitting in regards to the league table. We’re on top of that group of three at the foot of the table and need to stay there.”