Our reporter Martin McConnell heard from our French midfielder after the game at Fir Park
Tony Andreu shared his thoughts on the outcome of Saturday’s game with the press…..
The Manager just said that the first half was embarrassing. You wouldn’t dispute that?
“No, we can’t dispute that. Two after ten minutes killed the game you know. It was the full team, not just the back four. We started really badly and when it went 2-0 made it really difficult for us to come back. We might have scored in the second half if I’m being honest, but there was always something in the last third that stopped us from capitalising. But yes, it was a bad first half. We reacted much better in the second half and we need to keep that in mind for the next game.”
When you got in at half time was it a relief that it was only 3-0? It could have been more.
“No, I don’t think that it was a relief, it was more that we were frustrated, that’s all. We were deflated after ten minutes and were unable to play the game that we were supposed to play and that the gaffer wanted us to play. That was the problem. The second half was better for us, much better. But no, we weren’t relieved we just accepted the scoreline and knew that we had to produce a big reaction. We can’t accept that. We can’t accept that as our standard.”
Is it any consolation that Dundee also lost?
“Yes, I think that we got lucky today. They lost and that’s good for us. But we just have to keep in mind that we have to get points.”
You can’t rely on them?
“No we can’t. We have to get our own results, we can’t expect them to keep losing. If we win then we’re going to stay up. That is the reality of our situation.”
The Manager has been quite supportive of all the players. Do the team feel that they’ve let him down today?
“Yes, I think that we let him down today in the first half anyway. It’s not great when you put a system in place and everything goes wrong. We didn’t play the way we we’re supposed to play. On a positive point, Keatings did well in the second half, we played a bit better, had a few shots and didn’t concede. So we have to keep that in mind for the next game.”
In your two spells at Hamilton, was that one of the worst first half’s that you’ve experienced?
“I don’t know, I can’t remember.”
Given that it was a derby also…
“Yes, that’s the problem. It’s an important game for us and for the fans it’s maybe even more important. For us it’s three points and for them it’s the game of the year. It’s a hard one to take but it’s football and we have to move on. We can’t sit and think too much about it now. We have to move on as we have Hearts in the next game. We have beaten Aberdeen and I think we can beat Hearts at home. As I said, we’ll just move on and try to get some of our confidence back and go into the match with belief.”
Are you convinced that this Hamilton team have the same spirit that previous Hamilton sides you’ve played in had? Can they stay up?
“It’s different, it’s not the same. It’s not the same coach or same atmosphere, so that’s irrelevant. When we beat Aberdeen everyone thinks we’re great, now we lose to Motherwell we’re not good anymore. You just have to remove that from our mind and keep working on things, because at the end of the day that’s what will get us the points that we need. Working hard throughout the week, then playing to the best of our ability at the weekend.”