TENSIONS over-flowed at Hamilton yesterday as Motherwell emerged with the 3 points after their 1-0 win in this North Lanarkshire relegation showdown.
And afterwards the anger in the stands spilled over as Accies fans shouted abuse at their players. Hamilton captain Mikey Devlin took exception to one particularly nasty insult and became involved in an ugly incident which resulted in the 23 year old ‘s father becoming involved. Devlin remained angry by the supporter’s behaviour after the loss which leaves Accies staring down the barrel of a play-off exit hatch from the Premiership.
For Motherwell though it was a case of a job well done.
“It’s difficult to hear,” Devlin said. “It’s difficult for family sitting in amongst that as well.
“Your head’s all over the place emotionally after a game but I don’t think we deserved some of the stuff we got coming off the pitch.
“My dad’s there with my mum. My sister had travelled up from London. She doesn’t get to many games and she’s hearing that abuse directed at her brother. That’s not good enough,” the Accies skipper said.
“I’m sorry but I give everything I can for this club, day to day and week to week.
“I certainly don’t deserve that and the other players don’t deserve it.
“I’m not going to accept that as the captain of this club.
“I understand fans are frustrated but it’s not good enough.
“As frustrated as the fans are, they need to understand that we’re giving everything we possibly can on the pitch.
“We don’t want to be losing, we don’t want to lose a derby, it means as much to us as it does to anyone else. It’s our livelihood, If we get relegated it affects us too.”
Hamilton now know that even if they win their two remaining games, away to Ross County in Dingwall and at home to Dundee, that might not be enough to save them from the play-off battle against either Falkirk or Dundee United.