Norwich City midfielder Tony Andreu has no divided loyalties
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Norwich City loanee Tony Andreu is ready to send old club Hamilton down ahead of Thursday’s Scottish Premiership play-off final, first leg at Dundee United.
Andreu was part of the Alex Neil-era at the Accies, which included a play-off promotion success three years ago, but there can be no divided loyalties on the eve of the first leg at Tannadice.
The Frenchman, who is contracted to Carrow Road until 2018, has been a revelation this season north of the border at the Scottish Championship outfit, scoring 19 goals in 40 appearances.
“You can’t really stay in the past, though, and I am a United player now,” he said, with City team mate Remi Matthews set to be in goal for Hamilton. “At the end of the day, it’s Hamilton that I am playing against and that’s football. I was promoted with them and there is an attachment but you have to get over this and try to give your best.
“It is ironic but, for me, it’s just one of those things that happens. Hamilton have changed a lot of players since I was there – six or seven – and the coach. I still know a lot of their guys, though, and I will see them this week. I had good times there. I played there, did well and have always been treated very well.
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“The people and the fans have always been great to me. I honestly hoped they would win well against Dundee and I was happy for them to be in the play-off. But this is business now and I will be trying to beat them.”
Andreu, speaking to the Dundee Courier, feels the force is with the Tangerines.
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“Accies have played against stronger teams during the year so that’s a factor,” he said. “However, we proved with Hamilton three years ago that we could be better than the second-bottom team in the Premiership. Recently, that hasn’t been the case in play-offs but it depends. The main factor is to be good on the day.
“If we are good in both matches, we are going to be promoted. If we do not perform, we are not. We have to be good at home, first and foremost, but we have been that all season.
“We also have to be on it from the very start of the first game. Also, if we score first then we can make them feel a bit unsure about themselves. I think it is a big advantage in two-legged ties like this to go ahead because you can put pressure on your opponents. We can do it.”