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Niall McGinn | Accies Post Match

February 3, 2018 9:36 pm Author: AFC Media Team

“I’m absolutely delighted, that’s my first 90 minutes in a long time.

“I’m just happy to get this week out of the way. It’s probably been a bit too much too soon but I’ve come out of it smiling with a couple of assists and a couple of goals. It’s probably worked out better than I thought. I’ve hit the ground running which has been pleasing for me. Just all round as well I think it has been a great week for the club; three very important wins after losing the Rangers game so it’s looking good at the moment.

“I think before today the main thing was we wanted to get back to keeping clean sheets. We’ve been scoring freely throughout the team which has been pleasing for the manager. We scored three goals against Kilmarnock, four during the week and another three today but getting that clean sheet today was very important.

“I knew what I was coming back too. Last January I had a bit of a break which the manager gave me and I came back, hit the ground running and scored a few goals. I’m just delighted to be back in the team scoring a couple of goal and assists and creating chances which is all pleasing for me, but the important thing is that we are winning games.

“Having that break has proved good for me for a number of reasons. I’ve come back, looked sharp and I’m playing my football with a smile on my face. Playing abroad was a good experience for me and I can only use it to my advantage. I’ve come back here and playing regular football I am just enjoying myself again. We’re back to winning ways and I’m just happy to be a part of it.

It’s always important to get that first goal back. That’s me hit the 70 goal mark for the club which is a great milestone for myself. I’m delighted to get on the scoresheet today. It was scrappy at times but we knew it was going to be like that with them being very defensive and having seven men behind the ball when we were trying to attack. We knew we would create chances and when we did we thankfully scored them.

“Before the Killie game we knew we wanted to have a really good week and get the nine points. We knew if we did that then we would be sitting nicely in the table. Yes other results have went our way which is pleasing to see but we always just concentrate on ourselves and if we keep winning the league table takes care of itself.

“We know Celtic are not going to lose many games and with Rangers losing as well, it is obviously beneficial for us, but we just concentrate on ourselves and let other people do the talking. We are all just delighted to finish off a great week with all three points.

“It can be frustrating, you obviously want to challenge yourselves against the best. If it means taking points off Celtic and Rangers then so be it. But we know over the course of the season Celtic and Rangers are both going to lose games, they may not lose many games but if we keep chipping away and picking up points it’s obviously going to benefit us in the long run. There are five or six of the games left are against top six opposition so we have tough games coming up but they are good games to look forward to. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going.”

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