Mar 15 2012 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
SIMON MENSING admits he’s keeping an eye on teams at the bottom of the league as he attempts to help haul Hamilton up the First Division.
Sixth-placed Accies go into tomorrow’s clash at Livingston two points off Partick Thistle in fourth, but just three ahead of Ayr United in eighth spot.
The 29-year-old is remaining positive but knows the double-header – with Dundee visiting on Tuesday – could be crucial to Hamilton’s season, following back-to-back 2-0 defeats against Ross County and Partick Thistle.
He said: “We’ve got to dust ourselves down and go again, which for us started on Sunday.
“We’ve got Livi away tomorrow in Friday night football. It’s a game we’re looking forward to and one we’re looking to take something out of.
“It’s important to pick up as many points as possible. As much as you want to be optimistic and look up the table, you’ve always got to have one eye over your shoulder looking at what’s behind you.
“We’ve got to be positive and go into Friday’s game looking for full points, as we’ve got to do every week.”
Mensing was left frustrated as Ross County ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at New Douglas Park on Saturday, stretching the Highlanders’ unbeaten run to a record 24 games.
While he points out that the Dingwall side scored twice and then basically shut up shop, he says Accies didn’t create enough either.
He said: “It was frustrating. I don’t think there was much in the game and, in the end, they had two shots on goal and scored twice. There was maybe one more chance where David Hutton had an easy save to make and that was about it. But sometimes that happens in games.
“The first goal was a poor one to concede. I think it took a deflection and ended up being a tap-in. The second goal was also a bad one to give away because we switched off at a corner.
“I was playing at the back on Saturday and that was pretty much it in terms of chances. I can’t remember Hutton having much to do.
“We were in the game for long periods but just didn’t really create that clear-cut chance that we were looking for to get back in contention.”
Simon added: “They’re on an outstanding run of 24 games unbeaten, so fair play to them. It’s a habit they’re in, and obviously it is a good one.
“They’re an experienced side, they’re good at what they do.
“If you could take a positive out of it, we restricted the runaway league leaders to only a few chances but we conceded two poor goals and didn’t create many clear-cut chances ourselves, which was very frustrating.
“However, I think we have created chances in the last few games so, like I say, we’ve just got to dust ourselves down again and make sure we’re ready for Livingston on Friday.”