Gillespie: Losing to Motherwell hurts more than our fans think
HAMILTON’S win over Inverness last week was a welcome tonic for anyone with the club at heart after the pain of defeat in the Lanarkshire derby the weekend prior.
The loss to their near neighbours was a rather unfamiliar feeling for Martin Canning’s men, with Motherwell chalking up their first win at New Douglas Park for seven years. If their fans were smarting after that setback though – and their reaction at full-time suggested that to be the case – then they should spare a thought for Grant Gillespie.
The combative midfielder and his brother were taken to Fir Park as children by their Motherwellsupporting father Jim, and his brother Gary remains a died-in-the-wool supporter of the Steelmen.
Although his dad has since switched to support him, Gillespie is finding his brother a tougher nut to crack.
He said: “I stay in New Stevenston and my brother Gary is a Motherwell fan, but I’m slowly but surely trying to convert him into a Hamilton fan.”
Emotions are always high when local rivals go up against each other, and Gillespie knows more than most about the depth of feeling involved in this derby. Even so, he admits it hurt to hear the reaction of the Hamilton supporters following the match, and he pointed out that there is nobody that felt the pain of the defeat more keenly than players, like himself, who have come through the ranks.
“I signed when I was 15-year-old and I turn 25 in July,” he said. “This is my eighth season as a full-time player.
“The fans have been brilliant since I’ve been here even though there have been ups and downs.
“If we stay in the league then it’ll have been a good season.”
That task starts today with a home game against Partick Thistle, who they could go above with a win. Gillespie says though that even if they get the three points, the Hamilton players won’t be getting carried away.
“The only target we set ourselves is to take each games as they come and we know it’ll be another hard game against Thistle on Saturday,” he said.
“We’ll be looking to make it two wins on the bounce.
“Our focus is on Saturday and we’ll worry about results after the game.”
PAINFUL: Gillespie admits that Hamilton’s defeat by Motherwell hurt, but hopes they can continue their recovery today