Get behind us urges manager Hamilton ahead of big game

The KR players at Mourneview Park on Wednesday night.
The KR players at Mourneview Park on Wednesday night.

Gary Hamilton is convinced his team were denied a draw in Iceland because of a poor penalty decision.

“I felt for the boys after the game,” said Hamilton. “They put so much into it and deserved to come away with the draw.

“Their player went looking for the penalty, he was going away from goal and Joel Cooper was pulling out of a tackle when he went down. It was tough to take, but I could not have asked for any more from my team.

“This was our first competitive 90 minutes against a full-time side well into their season. We worked our socks off and might well have scored a second goal which our play deserved.

“However, the aim was to keep the tie alive and we did that and it is all to play for now on Thursday night.

“A 1-0 win will see us through, but that will not be easy. They are a good side and are more than capable of scoring an away goal which would mean we would have to score three to win.

“The one thing we do need is a big support out to get behind the team.

“In all our big wins over the past few seasons the fans have played a part.

“We need them again for this one and we need them to back the boys even when things might not be going right. It is vital the fans encourage the boys and not moan or groan if something goes wrong.

“Let’s not be negative - be positive and try and lift the atmosphere as if it was a derby game.

“It can make all the difference. We will give it our best shot. I don’t think we are a team that can sit back and try and hit them on the break. I know we have the ability, hopefully we will have the energy levels to get the job done and clinch what would be a massive result for the town.”