Hamilton defender Scott McMann dreaming of Premiership survival

February 17 2017, 1.17pmUpdated: February 17 2017, 4.05pm
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Scott McMann admits Hamilton’s William Hill Scottish Cup battle with Dunfermline left him struggling to sleep.

Now the defender is dreaming of a win that will see them climb out of the Ladbrokes Premiership relegation play-off spot.

Martin Canning’s team travel to Partick Thistle on Saturday knowing a victory could potentially see them climb as high as seventh.

And the left-back hopes the thrill of Tuesday night’s dramatic penalty shoot-out triumph against Dunfermline will shake the Accies out of a slumber that has seen them win just one league game since October.

“You don’t sleep after a game like that,” he said. ” Your body is tired but your mind is so awake because you’re constantly thinking about the game, playing it over and over.

“It was about 4am before I finally drifted off.

“It was just good to get through in the end. It was two scrappy ties but I felt we did enough to get through. Winning on penalties is a great boost, especially ahead of Saturday.

“The gaffer said to us after Tuesday night that he could feel the momentum turning. We feel that ourselves, that we’re starting to pick up a few results now, we’re getting a few breaks and hopefully we can take that forward.

“We will go to Firhill confident that we can get a result.”

Accies’ reward for seeing off the Pars is a last-eight clash with Rangers at Ibrox.

The Lanarkshire outfit have not reached the last four since 1935, when they went on to lose to the Light Blues at Hampden.

But McMann is looking to create fresh history this season.

He said: “A cup run would be massive for us and it’s always good to do well in the national cup.

“Obviously the league is very important but the cup is still something you would like to go far in.

“We know if we can beat Rangers then we will be going to Hampden, so it’s a great incentive for us.

“We will not fear going there. We drew 1-1 at Ibrox when we played Rangers on the opening day of the season, so we can take confidence from that. We’ll go and have a go at them.”

But the main priority for McMann and the rest of his team-mates remains top-flight survival.

Their jittery Hamilton faithful have not been slow to voice their displeasure, with Canning the target of their ire.

However, McMann believes the boss will guide Accies to safety.

The 20-year-old said: “We haven’t taken any notice of [the abuse]. We just do our business and hopefully that will get us the results which will keep us up.

“The boys are all behind the gaffer 100 per cent. He does a great job and works really hard, so he has our backing.”

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