Web Reporter Mark Gillespie caught up with Reegan Mimnaugh and Tony Andreu after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with St Mirren.
Tough old game out there, toe to toe?
Reegan Mimnaugh: Most parts of the game were just a battle, just getting onto second balls. It’s disappointing not to get the win, but we’re still four points clear. It’s a three-horse race and we just want to keep leading it.
It’s a great sign though that the manager’s put his trust in you for games like these?
RM: It’s a great opportunity. The gaffer has faith in all the young players. That’s his aim, to bring us all through. I just want to get some experience under my belt and keep working hard.
You had a decent chance through on goal in the second half?
RM: The same one fell at Livingston on my right foot, and that one today’s fallen on my left. I should probably have scored it.
Hamilton’s always been a club that’s been good at promoting youth, no matter the situation. You’ve come into a really difficult situation. How do you think you’ve coped personally with it?
RM: I think I’ve adapted alright. Technically it has felt fine. It’s maybe just the physical side of it I need to improve on. I just need to fill out a bit and start eating more! I’ll just try to keep improving every day at training.
Are you feeling any pressure, being involved at this time of the season down at the bottom of the league?
RM: I felt it out there today but you need to cope with that as a professional footballer, deal with it and adapt to it.
The new gaffer’s playing a different style of football. It’s more open. Does that bring its own pressures, maybe because it’s not as tight at the back as it used to be?
RM: The gaffer’s wanting us to get the ball down and play football. That suits me as a player.
Have you enjoyed it so far, despite the pressure?
RM: It’s been brilliant. It’s what I’ve been working all my life for, getting out there to play first team football. The gaffer just tells me to go out and play and I’ll be fine. There’s a massive change in tempo from 18s to reserves to first team. You need to think two steps ahead all the time, so I’m always improving from there.
Great to have a minder in there beside you like Darian?
Daz has been a great platform for me. He’s helped me through the game, talking to me, telling me where I should be. He’s been really good for me.
For the neutral that was a very entertaining game. How did it feel it out there?
Tony Andreu: For sure. There were chances for both teams. Both tried to win the game, get the ball down and play. From our point of view it’s a shame getting one nil up. You want to hang onto that. Overall perhaps a draw is fair. We’re disappointed, but it’s nothing dramatic in terms of our position.
Psychologically it’s in our hands still? The two teams below us can’t afford to slip up?
TA: They would prefer to be in our position, four points ahead. We’ve gained another point on Dundee so we just need to keep working hard.
First half we seemed a little bit tense on the ball, what changed in the second half?
TA: We were trying to keep the ball in the first half, but maybe went more direct in the second half, which is where we scored from. We knew with Davo and George up front we could put the ball in there and score. These guys up front are great to play behind. It was good for Marios to get on too. He did well in an intense situation.
Post split fixtures we must travel to Dundee and St Mirren. How will we approach that?
TA: We’re not thinking about them right now. We’re also good at home. If we can get some points from Motherwell it will set us up nicely for the games ahead