Gille­spie: Los­ing to Mother­well hurts more than our fans think

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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

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