Accies web reporters Mark Gillespie and Martin McConnell with the post match thoughts…
You would have been happy to stick away the penalty but it was a case of what might have been with the shot that the ‘keeper saved?
“Oh I know! I think I went a bit safe because it was on my right foot but still unlucky because the ‘keeper made a good save in the end. And just a bit disappointed as we didn’t get something from it in the end.”
It was a great effort from everyone in the team, especially with them being pretty good in the first twenty or twenty five minutes weren’t they?
“Yes, they were good. We always knew they were going to be a difficult team to play against because they’re doing well at the moment. But today we were able to show that we can sometimes compete when everyone is on their game and get results. We’ve just got to stick with it now and try and get some consistency to our results.”
The Manager was saying earlier that the teams at the top end can have two or three guys that are a bit off it, and you guys have to have nine or ten on it all the time. Is that a real pressure for you?
“Definitely. We can’t afford to carry players. So everyone, defenders, midfielders and attackers have all got to be on their game for us. Everyone was on it today and we managed to take something from the game.”
How tiring was it out there today, both mentally and physically?
“Very tiring. Lots of running, lots of communicating which can also take it out of you but that’s football isn’t it?”
Did you feel that you needed to take on more responsibility when Keatings went off? As you’d been linking up well with him early on.
“Yes, when he went off it got a more difficult. I was up there on my own and then had Fred come in. It was difficult for him to come on to that sort of game, it was so fast and just one of those games. He did well though.”
Did you feel any pressure having to step up and take the penalty in front of the Kilmarnock fans shouting and putting you off?
“Not really. I thought I would have done but I think that I’m getting used to playing here now in front of crowds.”
There were two or three times at the beginning of the second half including when Scott McMann hit the post, you love carrying the ball past people don’t you?
“Oh yes, that’s my game. I love winning fouls and committing players. You’ve just got to play with a smile on your face and perform as best you can.”
The boys behind you are more physical whilst you’re more about skills and tricks…
“Yes, I leave all that physical stuff to them.”
Some of them like that sort of stuff though, don’t they?
“Oh yes of course, but I just leave that to them.”
Hard earned point today, what was your take on the game?
“I don’t think we’ve given the fans enough at home, hopefully they’ll go home thinking we’ve had a go and given enough today. It was a good point but we might have won it too, with Scott McMann hitting the post and Mickel going close late on. That’s taking away nothing from Kilmarnock, they’re a good team and Steve Clarke has got them playing well. They’re flying towards the top of the table and that was a good point for us to take away today.”
You seem to start slowly in games before coming back into things, is that some you plan on?
“That’s just something that we do to ourselves. As I say, the one thing that we did do today was come back from going behind. That’s the first time this season that we’ve done that. It’s funny that we were talking about this yesterday, that every time we’ve gone behind, we’ve then been unable to take any points from the game. So we’ll have to start matches with a bit more character between now and the end of the season. We’re down here close to the bottom of the table for a good reason and we’ll just have to change that.”
You’ve got two big games coming up before the break, how are you feeling going in to those?
“Where we are, they’re all big games. There are no small games for us anymore at this level. We’ve got Hearts away which is a difficult fixture and then a derby against Motherwell at home. We’ve got to take heart from today and start to build some consistency in our play and take that into both games.”
How are Daz and Keatsy feeling?
“I’m not 100% sure, all I can say is that Keatsy has a bit of a dead leg and Darian has a bit of a calf problem.”