Feb 16 2012 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
STRIKER Mark Stewart says Hamilton must win their next two games against Falkirk and Raith Rovers as they bid to force their way up the First Division table.
After hitting the heights with a terrific performance in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Dundee, Accies slumped to a miserable 2-1 defeat at home to Morton three days later, dropping them down to seventh in the table.
And, as he prepares to face his former club Falkirk, Stewart said “We need to win our next two games on Saturday and Tuesday.
“I’m not sure what will happen after the result just there, but I hope to be in the team on Saturday and it’s going to be a good game and a chance to play against all the boys again – it’s pretty much the same team as when I was there last season.
“After the game against Raith here on Tuesday we’ve got Morton away and we need to get six points on the board heading into that one.
“Cappielow is a hard place to go to – they proved that on Tuesday by coming here and turning us inside out.”
Like many at New Douglas Park, Stewart couldn’t put his finger on the difference between performances against Dundee and Morton.
He said: “It was really poor in all departments on Tuesday.
“Morton looked hungrier and, to be honest, I think we made them look good – we were flat.
“They got the better of us early on, got a couple of goals, and after that it was always going to be an uphill struggle.
“Their first goal was a mix-up at the back, but that happens sometimes, and at the second we got cut open. After that we were struggling.
“We made it hard for ourselves and didn’t do ourselves any favours.”
With young striker Andy Ryan bagging Accies’ equaliser at Dens Park and scoring a consolation on Tuesday, Mark, on loan from League Two side Bradford City until the end of the season, says Accies have no problems up front.
He said: “On Saturday on my first appearance it was good and I nearly scored the winner, so I was happy with my contribution, but for whatever reason it never happened on Tuesday and myself and big Jon McShane didn’t click.
“We looked like we had never played together, but on Saturday in the second half we probably looked like we had played the full season together – sometimes that happens in football.
“I’m glad wee Chucky (Andy Ryan) came on and scored because he looks as if he’s got that in him and he followed that up on Tuesday so I’m pleased for him. You can tell in training that he’s a talented boy.”