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The Manager | Hamilton Accies Preview

October 29, 2019 4:39 pm Author: AFC Media Team
The Manager | Hamilton Accies Preview

Response to Sunday

“People are looking for that response and are looking for better and expecting better.

“I am looking for better and I expect better and my players should as well.

“When we come back off any heavy defeat, people are always look at the next one. There is a bit more scrutiny on it and I do think that my players genuinely care but the opportunity to do anything about Sunday has gone and it is all about the next game and that is football. You are up and down, you have just got to try and keep the bad days to a minimum and unfortunately for us we have had two or three already, really sore ones already this season.

“It is tough to deal with but being tough in football is a fundamental.

“You have got to be tough to deal with certain situations and hopefully we can go and win on Wednesday, build a bit of confidence and get belief back in the team and the support as we did against Motherwell.

“Hopefully then we can go on an unbeaten run that can get us back up the table.”

Injury Update

“Having Lewis Ferguson back, having Curtis Main back is great and in the middle of the park we have both Lewis and Craig who are key players for us. Hopefully Craig is good enough to start a game and play as long as he possibly can.

“There are a couple of knocks from the weekend, but everybody is fit and ready to travel.

“Ash is probably going to train the back end of the week, he will maybe train fully when we are down at Hamilton with the squad, with the younger ones and train with the first team Thursday and Friday.

“We need to bear in mind he has been out 12/13 weeks, but it is great to have him there or there about.

“The only other two are Scott Wright and Funso Ojo who will be a good bit away yet.

The Fans

“It is important that we put a smile back on fans faces.

“Even if we do win on Wednesday, it will still be difficult to eradicate totally the disappointment of Sunday. Supporters can accept us losing in a certain manner. It just looked as though we just rolled over and never done enough.

“I remember playing a cup final against Brendan’s Celtic and we lost 3-0, there was similarities to that game. We spoke all week about going out with the intention of being physical, about being aggressive, being brave with our press. We did that in the opening part of the game but as soon as we lost the opening goal, I thought we lacked confidence and Celtic really started to enjoy the game and it was difficult for the players then.

“In these type of situations, it is up to the players to try and have more resolve and more determination to make the game go our way.
“I can understand the huge disappointment from the supporters. They want to see their team compete far better and that’s what we intend to do. That’s what we have always done for 90% of the time I have been here we have always had a competitive team.

“There has been moments in every season where we have let ourselves down and I think Sunday was one of those moments.”


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