Jan 5 2012 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
DOUGIE IMRIE believes the pressure will be on Scottish Cup opponents St Mirren to win this Saturday because Hamilton’s main focus is on climbing up the First Division table.
Accies travel to Paisley for the fourth-round clash buoyed by Monday’s vital 2-1 victory at Queen of the South, courtesy of an Imrie double.
And the winger insists the William Hill Scottish Cup is merely a distraction to Accies league campaign and believes they have nothing to lose against a St Mirren side who go into the game as big favourites after an impressive first half of the SPL season.
Imrie said: “Hopefully, the win on Monday can give us a bit of confidence and we can build on it now.
“It’s the Cup but the most important thing for us is to concentrate on the league, so this is a distraction from that.
“We go there in good spirits with a win under our belts. Hopefully, we can do well and, if we can get an upset, get into the next round of the cup.
“If not, we just come back and concentrate on the league again.”
Imrie was delighted to grab two goals in the Palmerston Park triumph and, although he’s pleased with his tally of five goals for the season so far, he insists the win was crucial.
“It’s always good to get a win and score a couple goals,” said Imrie. “But the most important thing was the victory for Hamilton.
“We’ve been needing a victory for a while and I’m just glad that we got the new year off to a good start with three points. Hopefully we can build on that now.”
Recalling the strikes, Imrie added: “I didn’t expect to get the chance for the first goal.
“Jim McAlister had a great shot, it smacked off the crossbar, ricocheted, then fell to me – and I’ve just stuck it away.
“It’s one of those ones where I’ve connected with it well and it either goes in or over the stand but, gladly for me, it went into the back of the net.
“I got lucky with the second; I don’t know what the defender tried to do but I’ve chased it down, he’s made a mistake, and I’ve capitalised on it to stick it away.”
Imrie is now just one strike away from defender Mark McLaughlin – who was red-carded against Queens – at the top of the club’s scoring charts, but insists he’s more concerned with creating for others.
He said: “I’m pleased with my tally so far, but I don’t think about scoring goals.
“I said at the start of the season that goals would come, it’s all about setting up chances for the team and getting results, and they’re starting to come now anyway – I think that’s five in seven games now.”
lCongratulations to Kate Hamilton, of Campbell Close, Hamilton, who has won a pair of tickets for Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup clash at St Mirren Park, courtesy of Carling, official beer of the Scottish Cup.