18 May Pressure is on Accies
Inverness boss Richie Foran insists the pressure has moved on to Hamilton after his side’s 2-0 win at Dundee set up a final-day relegation showdown in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Two goals in the first 10 minutes from forwards Billy McKay and Alex Fisher saw off an uninspiring home side and took the Highlanders to within one point of Accies in the play-off spot.
Inverness, whose goal difference is five worse than Accies, host Motherwell on Saturday with Hamilton at home to the Taysiders.
Foran said: “All the pressure that was on our shoulders goes straight to the Hamilton players. We can go and enjoy Saturday with the same determination, same work rate.
“It’s huge. I saw a real determination in the players this week. A real focus. We will look forward to it. We will be ready to go come Saturday.
“It was all or nothing. And I believe we’ve got big-game players. I won’t name individuals but we’ve got big, big-game players,
“I saw the determination not to lose in their eyes, in the way they’ve gone about their business.
“It’s out of our hands but we’ve given ourselves a chance. We’ve handled the occasion tonight. Can Hamilton handle the occasion on Saturday?
“I saw a lot of good play from Dundee. They will be going to Hamilton to be professional.
“It now puts massive pressure on Hamilton. It is a big game for them on Saturday.
“It was important to get that result for the supporters. It is a massive game on Saturday and one we look forward to.”
It was a first defeat in four games for Dundee’s interim manager Neil McCann, whose side’s top-flight status had been confirmed on Tuesday night with Hamilton losing to Ross County.
However, he stressed that he would “demand” a reaction against Accies.
He said: “Nobody is on their holidays here and nobody has been on their holidays. I have to say that categorically, I didn’t see that coming.
“We have a very difficult game against Hamilton. We have set very high standards and they have come up short tonight and that is really disappointing.
“The boys are gutted through there. There is nobody celebrating, cracking open champagne or beers thinking we are safe and this is the last game at Dens.
“There is nobody celebrating. I know they are hurting and I am hurting and that is nice that they are feeling that disappointment.
“We will come again on Saturday. I have no doubts that they are going to hurt tonight.
“Don’t anybody be thinking that we are celebrating and taking the eye off the ball, we are absolutely not.”