The Manager “They put their bodies on the line”
With the Dons back to winning ways, Stephen Glass was understandably very pleased after seeing his side beat Hibernian.
“Winning is a relief after the run we’ve had. We’ve taken away the ammunition from the critics, especially with the resolute manner in which the players dug out the result.
“They put in a hell of a shift. We conceded too much possession second half, but they were resolute, they were determined they weren’t going to concede a goal. They put their bodies on the line and we stamped out the mistakes we’ve seen recently. Delighted with the result from a good day’s work.”
The unity inside the camp was underlined as the players celebrated Christian Ramirez’s first half goal with the staff on the bench, a gesture not lost on the manager.
“The players know what the run we’ve been on means, I don’t read the press but I’m sure they do, so they’re not unaware of what’s being said, they understand the pressure. As a group of staff, it means a lot when your team responds and fights for you like that.
“It was a brilliant goal from a quick break. Calvin was away like a sprinter but then even at that speed, he was able to hit an area with his cross that we worked on during the week. That’s why Christian was there, and his finish was excellent against a very good goalkeeper.”
If the day had a downside, it was in seeing Declan Gallagher and Calvin Ramsay both limp off injured.
“The injuries didn’t help, we had to reshape things a little bit and have boys playing in unnatural roles. Even second half, when we weren’t having as much possession as we wanted, we had to change the shape again to get more pressure on them. A lot of crosses came into the box, shots from distance, but I don’t think we gave up a lot of real opportunities for them to score.
“The two boys coming off injured, playing Wednesday might be too early for them to come back because it’s such a quick turnaround, but honestly, we don’t know just yet. Jack MacKenzie is going to be assessed on Monday, he looked like he hurt himself pretty badly on Thursday in training, so we’ll see. Sometimes when things aren’t going your way, you get things like this throw at you and you have to deal with it. The players showed that they are capable of doing that. This I when you show the strength of the group and when players have to come and grab an opportunity that comes their way.
“We had to drop Scott into the back three when Declan came off. I think he’s played there for Celtic, he can handle it. He’s clever, he knows when to step into midfield, he’s aggressive in the air. He led by example and it was a big performance from him today, as there were from a number of players.”
Joe Lewis returned to the side and celebrated with a clean sheet – and a hefty crack on the face when saving at the feet of Ross McCrorie.
“Joe was excellent in goal today. He took it really well when he was left out, waited his time to get back in. I felt today was the right moment, he looked confident and he’s repaid everyone at the club with that performance today. He was brave, he took a nasty whack and he’s got a pretty big cut on his nose from that – he looks like a proper goalie now! Delighted he got a clean sheet.”
Having got that win, for Glass it’s now all about building on it and starting to put points on the board consistently.
“The aim is to prove right the people that support you. The chairman was very vocal in his support during the week on behalf of himself and the board, and I want to show he made the right decision to appoint me, that my family was right to come back here. It’s a big challenge and we attack it head on.”