Canning praises ‘calmer’ Imrie for adding goal threat to his industry
GPS, or Global Positioning System, is a technology that has been embraced by many top-flight clubs to track the movement and work-rate of their players.
When it comes to the statistics produced by this system at the end of a game, Hamilton manager Martin Canning says that one of his players is always at the top of the list when it comes to distance run – Dougie Imrie.
In footballing terms though, if we look at a different GPS statistic – Imrie’s ‘goals per season’ – then the results are somewhat disappointing in comparison.
However, in recent weeks Imrie has emerged as a a prolific scorer on Hamilton’s right flank, and Canning believes it may be down to the 32-yearold adding composure to his already undoubted industry.
“Dougie’s been great,” Canning said. “He’s been doing nothing different other than scoring goals, which always gets you the headlines.
“He puts in the same work-rate every week, whether he scores or not. But when he gets the goals he gets the plaudits — and guys like him deserve it because they work their socks off every single game.
“Long may Dougie’s scoring run continue. He’s added a little bit of composure. I think he’s making good decisions on the ball.
“Maybe at times in the past he was a bit rushed with what he did. But now I think he’s calmer and more composed.
“He’s got confidence and belief, he’s slowing things right down and it’s working out very well for him.
“It’s making him look a better player, especially when you ally all of that to the commitment he gives the team. The job he does for the team is exceptional.”
The highest goal tally that Imrie has ever reached in a season is just five, but with four to his name already this term, he is surely on course to break that record.
Canning added: “I think he’ll be taking a bit of stick if he doesn’t make it now! If he can go on and break his old record then it will be terrific for all concerned.”
Canning revealed that the club won’t be appealing the red card shown to defender Lucas Tagliapietra in Saturday’s draw at Partick Thistle, even though he doesn’t necessarily agree with the decision.
“I thought about appealing and then I thought I wouldn’t be successful because it wasn’t a clear and obvious mistake.
“It happens and hopefully it evens itself out over the course of the season.”