Glad to get through, but relief in the end?
“Yeah. You don’t expect it to be easy coming here but we probably made it harder on ourselves by not capitalising. Hull probably weren’t at it in the first half, I think we had chances to score. Then with passages we got slightly sloppy. At half-time I wasn’t delighted and then in the second half Hull gave us a real game of it. If you don’t take those chances when you can then teams stay in it for 90 minutes, like they did.”
Was that game summed up part of the season?
“Yeah, I don’t know how many shots we had. Recently we have been having a lot, good chances and not taking them. It is a frustrating period for us because it defines games, the nature of the games. Then we have to remain very secure if we are only going to score only one or two goals. It is part of the process.”
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Getting frustrated by saying it all the time?
“Yeah, but we didn’t lose today so we are through. I think in management and coaching is par for the course. I’m saying the same things every day, you have to repeat and repeat and if we are a bit young and the message is not going in then the players have to get it in very quickly. If we want to be where we want to be then we don’t need to be saying these same things. I am not saying it for the sake of it. I am saying it because I am giving every ounce to be successful here and if you allow teams to stay in games like we have lately then you get these kind of results.”
Sent on Tariq Lamptey and Billy Gilmour late in the game. Why was that?
“Because I trust them. I thought Billy Gilmour was the best player on the pitch for the period of time that he was on the pitch. So I absolutely trust him. He came on, passed it, moved it, simple passes through the lines. Had little bits of contact and I trusted them to come on and do the job.”