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    Jack Ross after Hampden victory 

    Sunday, September 18, 2016 6:20:20 PM

    Jack Ross after victory at Hampden Park

    Delighted with the result, there has not been that many occasions this season where I have not said I have been delighted with the performance and the result, I don’t think we were at our best but I think that was a lot to do with how well Queen’s Park played, I thought they were good and made it hugely difficult for us and I don’t mean that defensively, I mean that were good all over the park. When they went a goal ahead they made it even more difficult, we haven’t created a lot, we have enjoyed a lot of success from wide areas but it was difficult for us to do that so we made a few changes in the second half and even then I didn’t think it looked like being our day but the character the players showed was terrific. These are the type of results help you have a good season, when you are not at your best and manage to get a victory, one way or another which might not have been deserved.

    The game was difficult because we have been used to games going a certain way for us and teams have seen us now and they will be looking at ways to play against us and we try and do the same, which is something we assess as a staff, the game was frustrating and the game only becomes heated because there are two sets of players and management teams who care about their team, sometimes you say something or things on the touchline which aren’t appropriate, which you cannot be proud of but that is within the ninety minutes of the game , if you don’t do that you have to question if you are in the right role. At the end of the game win lose or draw it’s over with. Queen’s Park were very disciplined and maybe the heated exchanges sparked something and helped us get back into the game.

    Ben Gordon’s goal line clearance was at a crucial time and not long after we scored the winning goal, defensively I thought we were solid, we know Ben is a good defender and he would have been pleased to get the ninety minutes and he helped contribute to the win as well which is encouraging for him. To get a player to strengthen the squad is not easy but getting the right player and his availability was slightly surprising and to get the deal over the line was hard work but I think he is pleased with it as well and although it is 93 days it takes us to the home fixture against Queen’s Park in December.

    We can now look forward to the trip to Celtic Park in midweek, we hadn’t spoken about the game apart from arranging the logistics, tickets and travel arrangements but we hadn’t spoken about it as a match because we had such an important game today against Queen’s Park.

    We will train on Monday this week and I will travel to Inverness on Sunday, we have had to win five games to get to this stage, hard games, but we are only two games away from a cup final.

    Jack Ross

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