On loan goalie Luke Southwood spoke with our Martin McConnell and the media after Saturday’s defeat…

 

A disappointing afternoon?

“Yes, I think that it was obvious from all the lads in the changing room afterwards. They were gutted. Like you said  it’s all well and good going to Parkhead midweek and putting in a great performance against Celtic. But it means nothing if you then come here against St. Mirren on the Saturday and don’t do it. Not recreating any of those things that we did on Wednesday night. Yes, it was a tough result to take and a tough performance to take as well. We’ve now got to go again and bounce back.”

You were one of the few bright spots. How are you settling in here?

“Yes, obviously I’m really enjoying it. I love playing football. It was difficult today due to the result and the way in which the game went. But you know I kept trying and kept making saves to keep my teammates in the game to get a chance for an equaliser. Today we just came up short but yes, in general, I’ve loved it up here.”

Is it difficult to come into a side who are on a run like this when you’re down at the bottom and not picking up points?

“As a goalkeeper it’s a very individual job were I’ve got to concentrate on my game no matter what’s going on, no matter the scoreline. I’ve just got to concentrate on my job and single in on my own performance, keep trying to do that and hopefully that will help the team. Then hopefully we can start building on some results.”

Goalkeepers have come up here from England and enhanced their careers after having been on loan or whatever. Darren Randolph being one and there has been some others. Is that something that you’ve thought about?

“Definitely, it was clear to me that it was a good platform for goalkeepers to come to. Obviously I knew Freddie Woodman who’d been here previously. I haven’t seen many ‘keepers come here and do well then not progress their career.”

Fraser Forster?

“Yeah, Fraser Forster, obviously he’s back now. Yes, he’s another example and gone on to get England caps. So yes, as soon as the offer from Hamilton came in, I spoke to people at Reading. It was a no brainer as it’s a great platform for me to come and prove myself.”

You sounded disappointed, was there a touch of anger in the dressing room as there wasn’t a performance today?

“Frustration is probably the word. We were disappointed in ourselves and the way that we played. But the main thing is, we know how much better that we can be after playing against Rangers and Celtic this season. So yes, it just so disappointing that we didn’t recreate those forces that we know we can produce. But you can’t dwell on it. We’ll have to learn from it and I’m sure we’ll watch the video analysis this week. Learn from it, then put things right next Saturday.”

That’s ten league games without a win. It leaves you right in the mire doesn’t it?

“Exactly. I feel as if it’s a case of fine margins for us. Like Wednesday night, the Livingston game and at Kilmarnock where it is all on a knife edge whether we go onto get three points, a point or drop off a bit and don’t get the points that we need. Hopefully if we keep working hard and learning from what’s been happening we’ll turn things around turn these draws into wins and loses into draws. If we can it will get us up the table.”

Did Alex Gogic apologise in the dressing room? Was it just a bit of frustration that has got the better of him?

“No, obviously Alex has been tremendous for us all year. I don’t think that anyone can fault him as we’ve all thought he’s brilliant. So yes, he’s obviously just tried to get back in, it wasn’t a malicious challenge he’s just got his leg tangled up a bit and I think everyone knows that. The way he plays, he puts his head in everywhere and gives everything in every game. Sometimes things like that will happen, especially with the style of play he has. But like I say, he’s been brilliant for us this year and he’s got no reason to apologise.”

Being so close between all the sides in the bottom half, does it make today’s result all the harder to take?

“Yes, but we also know that it takes only one win to send you back up two, three places and if you can get a run together then you could completely come out of it. So yes  today was frustrating as we knew it was a good opportunity to propel us up the league. It’s not worked out for us and we go again next week against Aberdeen.”