After a shattering 3-0 loss to Partick Thistle, Dunfermline’s captain Chris Hamilton didn’t shy away from expressing the team’s disappointment. The scoreline wasn’t the only surprise, especially given Dunfermline’s fantastic play against Morton just a week ago. The unpredictability of the league came to the fore, once again reminding teams of the highs and lows inherent in football. The 22 year old’s assessment was straightforward:-
“We just weren’t at the races probably from the first minute.” This acknowledgment of the team’s off day was an honest reflection of the match. Such days have been a rarity since Hamilton joined the club in June last year, which further underscores the unexpectedness of this big defeat. His candid admission sets a tone of accountability that’s vital for a team aiming to learn and move forward.
Pointing out the tough nature of the competition where back to back wins for the Pars can be abruptly halted by a loss, Chris underlined the unpredictability of the league:- “It gets you high and then brings you right back down to earth again.” Such results are a stark reminder for teams to remain grounded, to consistently put in the effort, and to avoid complacency.
While some questioned the dismissal of a strong penalty call in the first half, Hamilton steered clear of using it as an excuse. Even if there was a hint of a penalty, he felt the overall performance didn’t merit any lucky breaks. His remarks emphasised the importance of self-assessment and internal improvement over external factors.
The thin nature of the bench raised another point of concern, hinting at possible fatigue and a lack of substitutes influencing the result. But in line with his straightforward attitude, Chris refused to see it as an excuse. For him, the focus was on the team’s performance, not the external factors that might have played a part.
Hamilton’s concluding thoughts reflected a leader’s mindset, one that takes responsibility while simultaneously motivating his team for the challenges ahead. His words resound with determination and an undeterred spirit: “Next week we have to make sure it doesn’t happen and we get a reaction.”
In football, as in life, setbacks are inevitable but it is the response to these setbacks that truly defines a team. If Chris Hamilton’s sentiment is anything to go by, the team is ready to regroup, re-strategise, and return stronger against Arbroath next weekend.