Pressure mounting on Martin Canning as Hamilton crash out

Hamilton's Manager Martin Canning. Picture: SNS
Hamilton's Manager Martin Canning. Picture: SNS
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Embattled manager Martin Canning vowed to soldier on despite his Hamilton Accies side suffering a humiliating 4-1 Scottish Cup fourth-round exit at the hands of League Two side Annan Athletic.

The Premiership side were comprehensively beaten as the Galabank team savoured arguably their greatest-ever result.

Canning now finds himself clinging to his job after supporters turned on him following a sixth game in succession without victory.

“I’ll speak to the board and we’ll discuss it, but at the minute I’m just focused on turning up and working hard,” he said, when asked if he had a decision to make over his future.

“As a manager and as players, we’ve just got to continue and keep believing in ourselves.

“Results haven’t been good lately but the performances have been decent. But this was miles away from what I expect performance-wise and result-wise.

“I made a few changes but no-one took their chance. Apart from maybe Greg Docherty, it was nowhere near good enough all over the park. Annan deserved to win the game.

“It’s a difficult place to come but I expected us to come down here and win the game. We got back to 2-1 and then lost a goal straight away, and that pretty much summed up our day.”

Canning admitted it was one of his toughest days in his year as manager. “You’ve just got to block the abuse out,” he said. “That’s part of being a manager.

“It’s not nice when things are not going well but you’ve just got to get on with it. I think I can turn it round.

“I proved I can do it after we had a bad run last year and came out of 
it.”

Matty Flynn, who scored Annan’s opener, was in jubilant mood. “That’s right up there with anything I’ve ever done,” he said.

“For a bottom-tier team to beat a Premiership team 4-1 – it speaks for itself.

“Our celebrations were probably a bit OTT in the dressing-room but I don’t think you can blame us 
for that. It’s one of the greatest results in this club’s history – this was our 
cup final, so you’ve got to enjoy it.”