Post match interviews – Templeton, MacKinnon, Docherty & Imrie

Interviewer Martin McConnell caught up with some of the players post match

David Templeton —

You managed to get there in the end.

“Yes, I thought that it was going to be one of those games, but it was nice to get the second goal after missing those two chances in the first half.”

Did you get a word in your ear at half time, just to keep your head up?

“I came in at half time and apologised to the boys. With the first of those chances we could have been two or three goals up. The second one, Aberdeen go and score straight from it. So, I was disappointed with that. But the gaffer told me at half time to keep my head up and keep going, the next chance that I’d get would be put away. Thankfully I managed to do it.”

Do you think that you maybe had a bit too much time with the two chances?

“I think with the first one, I’ve just come over and saw that the keeper was looking to come back a bit as I think he knew that I was going to get there first. By the time I go to hit it, he is right on top of me. I think that if I’d gone to the side of him I’d score, I was disappointed with that. The second one, I’ve just tried to take it with the inside of my foot, but I think if I’d just tried to keep it on target, it would have been in just with the pace of the cross. It was disappointing but thankfully I managed to get that one in there.”

It says a lot, that within seconds of going behind, you come back?

“Yes, here there’s a great bunch of boys with great character and we all work hard for each other. At 2-1 down we knew that we weren’t out of it, we were playing well, creating a lot of chances and knew we’d get more after that. At the time when I took it, I had the chance to slip in Greg but I’m quite selfish that way and took it on and thankfully scored.”

It was two dropped points though.

“I would say so, yes. I think on the basis of the game, we were the better team. I thought we had so many chances like I say, there were my ones and a couple more. In the end it’s important not to lose, Aberdeen have been doing well. Obviously disappointed not to have taken the three, but a point against one of the best isn’t the worst result.”

Do you feel that you’re back close to your best again?

“I feel that I’m getting there in terms of fitness and sharpness. Obviously, I was out and worked hard with the physio and sports scientist to get me in the best shape that I can be. I’m still working on getting there, and feel much better than when I got the injury.”

 

Darian Mackinnon —

What did you make of today’s performance?

“I thought we deserved the win to be honest, but I won’t begrudge them a point because they put a lot into the game themselves. But it’s just so disappointing as we had chances, and disappointing that we didn’t take three, but you realise that we took a point on the day.”

Darian went on, “I thought that we had the better of the chances. Although the problem is that when you play against quality sides like that, they only need one or two chances and they proved that today. So, that is something that we need to work on as we’re getting the chances and not taking them, and the other side is going up the park and scoring from one chance in the game. That’s something that we need to improve on.”

 

Greg Docherty —

Would you say that’s possibly the best performance from Accies this season?

“Yes, I think I would. Although it’s so disappointing that we didn’t go and kill them off, and in particular, we should have been two or three up by the time they scored their first. Our goal was well deserved. It was a great goal from Dougie and it’s something that we’ve been practising a lot in the past few weeks in training. So, it was great to see one of those go in as it was long overdue. I think with a wee bit more luck, maybe Temps knows that he could have had a couple today. He came up with the goods in the second half and that’s the quality he has got. The goal was from on his weaker side and was a great finish that he sent right across the keeper. We’ll build from that, it was a bit disappointing that we didn’t take all three points, but we’ve got another valuable point on the board.”

You created the better of the chances today, and although conceding two goals, the defence put in a good overall performance?

Exactly, we created the clearest cut chances that’s for sure and we managed to limit Aberdeen to not very much. What they did was crosses into the box, and we knew that was where their strength lay. We had the manpower in the penalty area to clear and I think to a man, particularly in defence, we were outstanding today. All over the pitch we were brilliant, hopefully we can build on that now and it’s a shame that we don’t have a game next week.”

 

Dougie Imrie —

A great performance from the side today, one of the best recent displays?

“Yes, I’d probably have to agree with that. We managed to put Aberdeen under a lot of pressure and on another day, we should have beaten them due to the amount of chances that we created.

In the first half you a put a cross into the box, and a number of players felt that Accies should have had a penalty. Did you see what happened?

“I think that one of the boys has gone to shoot and the ball has hit the hand of an Aberdeen player on the ground, but some of those you get and some you don’t. It’s just one of those things and it’s maybe just down to whatever the referee interprets a handball to be. For us, the most pleasing thing was going a goal up, then after finding ourselves behind in the game, managing to get another goal and come back. In weeks gone by, that would have been a game that we would have lost.”

With the International week coming up, are you disappointed that you don’t have a game next Saturday to build on today’s performance?

“Yes, definitely. I think that we’ve turned the corner a little bit. The last few months haven’t been great but the last three matches have been good for us, having taken five points from a couple of draws and a win. It’s pleasing, but we can’t sit on that and now have to kick on from that.”