Managers Comments - November 2016

Nov 30th on the Cup Draw: "You’ve got to embrace the history of any club you come into. You look at the 60s when they won the league and then 20 years ago they won the cup and it all takes on an important significance.  We have the motivational pictures around the club of past successes. That’s an important target for us to target. We want to re-create that type of environment.  Listening to Ray and Gary Holt last night at the draw, they spoke about the day and what it was like after they won the cup.  Going round Kilmarnock on the open top bus, we’d love to have that type of success. That’s crucial to me, the history of the football club, and it’s vital to what I’m trying to instil here. All cup competitons take the same importance. I wanted to do well in the Betfred Cup and I was very disappointed with our performances. It was probably a blessing in disguise for us as a club. It gave a lot of the boys who came up here from England an idea about Scottish football. If we had scraped through those games like we did in a couple of the group matches, the players might have continued to think the game would be quite simple up here. It was the kick up the backside we needed and gave everyone a wake-up call.”

Nov 18th on the Celtic Post-Match: ""I'm disappointed for the players - I thought they were terrific.  I thought the game plan was really strong, defensively we've done great - one lapse and Celtic have scored.  We grew into the game as an attacking force and second half we played a lot more on the front foot and created our own chances. If my players deliver that type of performance in the seven games in 28 days in December, we'll give ourselves a great opportunity to put ourselves in a good position in the league.  Overall, my emotion is pride in my players' performance, because we were depleted."  Match Report - 

Nov 5th on the Accies Post-Match:  "It was a good point when you consider Jamie's made a fantastic save right at the death. I don't think we deserved anything more - Hamilton have had their fair share of opportunities. We've blown a big opportunity to get ourselves into the top six going into the international break and feel good about ourselves. In comparison to where we were in our last two home games and where we were against Inverness and St Johnstone, we didn't play enough on the front foot and we let Hamilton's shape cause us too many problems. Going from four or five months ago escaping relegation by the skin of our teeth to then possibly being in the top six - it would have been great" .

"I don't know where our lack of quality came from. There looked like there was a little bit of anxiety.  I was a bit frustrated in the dressing room. Sometimes the players might get surprised at that because we haven't lost the game, we've drawn 0-0.  But I want to come into the dressing room and looking at what's above us and not what's behind us.  We had a fantastic opportunity after last night's result between Partick Thistle and Aberdeen, just to have a feel good factor.  But it's not the end of the world."  Match Report - 

Nov 4th on the Accies Pre-Match: "We don't know if it's going to be tight all the way to the end, so that's why these types of games against the teams round about you are even more important at this stage.  If you can put a little bit of daylight between yourself and the teams below you then great.  If you take away the second half against Aberdeen and the away defeats to Celtic and Rangers, we've been quite pleased with our league contribution.

Nov 2nd on the Ibrox Defeat: “We’d taken seven points out of nine and had a fantastic performance against Hearts and Rangers hadn’t had the result they wanted against St Johnstone. I thought we could turn the crowd against them but it didn’t work out that. They went for the jugular and had two shots in the first minute and that gave their fans a lift.  That’s made me look at a solution further down the line. We’ve lost to Celtic, Aberdeen and Rangers now and I know now the best team to put out to give us the best chance of winning the game.  It will mean being more pragmatic. In those games we played strikers in wide positions against attacking full-backs and it didn’t work.  On Saturday we had Jordan Jones and Souleymane Coulibaly against James Tavernier and Lee Wallace. Those players can be a threat for us but we’ve got to get on the ball first.  I was contemplating making two or three changes right up until the kick-off.  But if I’d done that and we’d lost people would have wondered why I’d not stuck with the team that played well against Hearts.”

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