Airdrie Reaction: The Manager & Seb

MANAGER Paul Hartley and midfielder Seb Ross spoke to the media after our 2-0 defeat by Airdrieonians at Balmoral Stadium.

Paul said: “I take responsibility because of the change I made to our shape.

“I was trying to freshen it up a wee bit because of the amount of games we’ve had.

“While I take full responsibility for that, we didn’t play as well as we are capable of and the players know that.

“I’m not going to criticise them though because they have been magnificent the whole season.

“Maybe sometimes you just need a wee wake-up call.

“We just didn’t have the energy levels or quality, it wasn’t a great day for us.

“It was our fourth game in a week and maybe it was just asking too much (of the players).

“Even though we hit the woodwork, we didn’t play well enough, Airdrie were just better than us

“It’s a case of accepting that and moving on.

‘We know we now have two huge games to look forward to.

“The players will get a welcome rest this week before we head into those.

“Our mentality will be better, we will dust ourselves down and we will be ready to go in the play-offs.”

Seb said: “We’ve had a hectic schedule, one of the worst I’ve experienced in football, but that’s no excuse for how we played.

“We know we are capable of much better.

“The boys, like myself, who came in needed to grab the opportunity but,  unfortunately, we didn’t.

“It had nothing to do with the schedule, we know we can do better.

“There is no point in dwelling on that though, we need to get it out of our memories because we have two massive games coming up.

“If someone had told us at the start that we would be involved in the play-offs we would have been delighted.

“We are excited by what is ahead and will do all that we can to take the club up to the Championship.

“We have shown grit and determination to get results when we needed right through the season and accept we are going to have to do that again.”

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