I didn’t see Saturday’s result coming at all – I thought we’d be more than capable of beating Hamilton at home.
But that game shows just how difficult this league will be because Hamilton were the favourites to get relegated at the start of the season.
After a good start to the campaign and a lot of nice things being said about us, I think a bit of complacency probably crept in. At this level, that’s something we simply won’t get away with.
Every manager in the world will have had days like Saturday, where there team suffers an inexplicable dip and completely loses everything that was good about them the previous week. You can’t put your finger on why it happens, but Hibs and Neil Lennon definitely had one of those days on Saturday.
It was night and day compared to Ibrox. We just didn’t get started at all and never really looked getting on top in the game. But equally a lot of that was down to Hamilton. They had a good gameplan and they executed it well on the day. No-one in this league is going to roll over for Hibs. Hamilton have been in the Premier League for the last three years – they’re battle-hardened and they’re a very capable side on their day.
We actually looked a bit naive at times. We were kamikaze in the way we attacked and didn’t look secure at all the back, which is unlike us. Decent sides can pick you off on the counter-attack if you’re not switched on and Hamilton looked like scoring every time they went up the park.
We were punished for our mistakes on Saturday, which wasn’t always the case last season in the Championship. We’re up against better players now and we simply have to be more alert. We’re going to have to learn from Saturday and try and get back on track at Dundee on Sunday and show it was a one-off blip.
It’ll be another tough game at Dens Park because they’re desperate for points but it’s a game we’re capable of winning if we apply ourselves properly and get back to doing what we’re good at.
I’m not getting too concerned about it because results like that will come along at various points in the season. The main thing is that we keep them to a minimum.