Dec 6 2012 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
James Keatings has set his sights on inflicting more misery against Dumbarton, having scored his only two Hamilton goals against the Sons.
The on-loan Celtic striker bagged a late double to deny Dumbarton what would have been a priceless league win at the Bet Butler Stadium back in September, and with Ian Murray’s basement battlers visiting New Douglas Park on league duty before hosting Accies in the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round on Monday, Keatings hopes to hit the net again.
He said: “It would mean a lot to me to score again because getting goals is what I live for, really. To be playing, getting the lads a few goals and hopefully getting us the win is my main aim.
“I heard after the Dumbarton game that we could have been bottom of the league if it wasn’t for that second goal. Luckily I was there when the keeper, Stephen Grindlay, dropped the ball, so I did what I had to do and put it in the back of the net which got us the draw.”
Having seen the Scottish Cup clash at Dumbarton postponed twice already, Keatings is keen to get back in action on Saturday. He said: “I’m just looking forward to the game coming up. Hopefully the lads can get a win and we’ll see what happens.
“It’s frustrating when games are called off because you’re training all week, preparing for the game, and the weather is a bit of a nightmare just now. The parks are too hard and things like that, but it is winter, so what can you do.
“We’ve prepared well for the game, we’re ready for them, and hopefully that pays off for us. I think it’s about what we do, as the home team, and if we play the football that we know we can and create the chances, we can surely win.
“It’s important for us to get a run going, get a few wins and hopefully carry that on until the end of the season.
“At the start of the season we didn’t have the best of runs, but we got two wins against Morton and Partick Thistle and those were important results. You could see it in the dressing room before those two games because the lads were frustrated at not winning, and what we were showing in training was better than on the pitch. When we got those two wins it gave us a lot of confidence.
“We lost against Falkirk to two late goals and that was frustrating, but hopefully we can get back on track, get another couple of wins under our belts and start pushing up the table. If we also get a cup run then it’s a bonus.”