Aug 4 2011 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
GRANT ANDERSON will brief his Hamilton team-mates on what to expect against Ayr United in Saturday’s First Division curtain-raiser at Somerset Park.
The 24-year-old has identified midfielder Alan Trouten and striker Michael Moffat as the Honest Men’s danger men, but is confident that Hamilton will have enough quality to emerge with three points.
Anderson locked horns with Brian Reid’s play-off winning side while with Stenhousemuir last season and twice emerged victorious, but will leave his new team-mates in no illusions about what will be required.
“Come Saturday I’ll tell my team-mates about Ayr United, but I’m sure they’ll have ideas of their own,” said the Accies midfielder.
“There are a few key players in their team that we need to watch out for who make Ayr tick.
“They’ve got a good striker in Michael Moffat who, like myself, came from the Juniors and he is a very good player.
“Alan Trouten is always buzzing, always wanting the ball and his movement is good, so we’ve got to watch that.”
Anderson added: “It’s a tough game to start with.
“I played against Ayr United last season in the Second Division; they’re a good team and pass the ball well.
“But having said that, Stenny beat them twice last season.
“It will be tough, it’s a big pitch out there, and we need to get the ball down and play.
“They’re definitely beatable, but we’ll have to be on the top of our game to do so.”
Anderson also fired a warning to Ayr that Accies are desperate to make up for a sluggish performance in the 2-0 Ramsdens Cup first round win against Queen’s Park a fortnight ago.
He said: “We all know it wasn’t good enough. It was a bit sluggish.
“You could maybe say the heat had a bit to play in that as well on the day, but it definitely wasn’t our sharpest performance.
“We need to be better than that on Saturday because it’s the serious stuff, and that’s what you want to win.”
Like the rest of Hamilton’s squad Grant is aware that the First Division championship is the target, and hopes a good travelling support can help Accies get off to a good start.
He said: “Ayr have a great support, so we’ll be looking for as many of our own supporters to get down there as possible.”