Captain Chris breaks Clydeside bogey

Chris Hamilton led his team to a memorable win at Cappielow, breaking a ten-game streak without a victory at the venue. In his post-match interview, Hamilton opened up about his emotions and the significance of the win, highlighting the character and determination of his teammates. Speaking after the game his overwhelming emotion was clearly one of relief. 

“It was a tough one, especially towards the end, but I’m really proud of the boys. It’s been a tough few weeks with results lately, and a few bad performances in there as well, so to come here, in not the prettiest of games – it normally isn’t a pretty game when you come here – it’s all about character, standing up, being together, and fighting for each other. That’s what we’ve got in abundance.”

Great start and controlled the first half

The opening seven minutes of the game were significant for Dunfermline, and Chris acknowledged that:-

“It was a really good start, but you need to keep on top of it because if you drop off and try and protect what you’ve got, then that suits them perfectly, they start playing balls on top of you, playing for seconds, and get into the game. It can sometimes make it that wee bit harder when you’ve got that two-goal lead, so you need to keep going. I felt we did that first half, and then credit to them, they put us under pressure second half but we stood up to it.”

Breaking a statistical drought

The match became a bit of a rollercoaster after Morton scored from the penalty spot with 12 minutes remaining but Dunfermline kept out their opponents as they frantically pushed for an equaliser.  Unaware of the significance of the win that had eluded his team in the ten trips there since 2017. Hamilton was surprised by the statistic responding:-

“I didn’t know that. The manager just said it’s the first time he’s won here as well as a manager, so that just shows it is a tough place to go. Every away ground is a tough place, every team you play is going to be a tough game. That just shows a lot about the boys that we’ve got here because they threw everything at us towards the end, and had a few half chances, but boys were throwing their bodies in the way, Deniz was coming for crosses and making saves. That’s what it’s all about. Sometimes these ones are the sweetest ones, where you’ve got to hold on and really work for the three points, so I’m really proud of the boys, and hopefully we can use it to kick on.”

Hamilton’s words underscored the importance of maintaining focus and momentum, especially when facing a team like Morton, who are known for their never-say-die spirit.

“Should you have had a penalty and a goal?”

Inevitably, the conversation turned to two other key moments in the match, and Hamilton had some thoughts to share. “Definitely a goal. I should’ve done better with that. Penalty? I don’t know, I was just trying to get round the back post, and I felt like he was maybe trying to get in the way of me, and pulled my shirt. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t, but I’m delighted with the three points, and hopefully we can kick on.”

Chris Hamilton’s humility and focus on the team’s overall performance were evident in his response. The victory meant more to him than personal accolades, and it was clear that he saw it as a stepping stone for Dunfermline to build on in the matches to come.

Match Report: 03/11/23 Morton 1 Dunfermline 2

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