Nov 1 2012 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
Defender Martin Canning admits Hamilton have a lot to work on over the next fortnight as they bid to salvage their First Division campaign.
Ten games into the season Accies have one win and three draws to show for their efforts, including a 1-0 home defeat to Raith Rovers on Saturday, and Canning admits it isn’t good enough.
However, the 30-year-old says Accies haven’t been too far away in most of their games, and believes they can turn their fortunes around.
Canning, who deputised for suspended captain Alex Neil, said: “I think as a footballer you would rather not have a blank weekend but, looking at it on the other side, it gives us time to work.
“Hopefully we can sort out a few things over the next fortnight and come out at Morton and do well.
“I think they’re one of the stronger teams in the league, the way things are going at the moment, and it will be difficult, but we’ve got two weeks now to work on things.
“We need to keep working hard in training, as we’re doing, and hopefully it will turn for us.
“I can’t think of too many games – maybe with the exception of Partick Thistle and Dunfermline – that we haven’t been in the game.
“We have been well in games but not getting the breaks, losing silly goals and not being able to score many at the other end.”
Canning said that problem returned to haunt Accies as Raith took the lead just before half-time and shut up shop in the second period.
He said: “As a team we didn’t win enough battles all over the park, and we came into it a bit more in the second half but they were sitting back and were comfortable to contain us, as opposed to trying to score a second goal.
“The boys worked hard to try and create chances, especially in the second half, but it just didn’t happen.
“Ali Crawford slipped a couple of balls through and we didn’t quite get there, some balls were put into the box but we didn’t get across defenders to get strikes on goal.
“We were the team on top, in terms of being on the ball, and they were in their own half and couldn’t get out – but their keeper made one save that I can think of off the top of my head.
“I can’t think of a single chance we had that we thought we should have scored from, and if you can’t work the goalkeeper then you can’t score goals.”
Canzo added: “That’s 10 games gone, just one away win to our name, and it’s a record that nobody wants. If we knew the answers we wouldn’t have a problem, so what do you do?
“We just need to keep working hard and hopefully it will change.”