With the threat of losing his job if Hamilton came out on top almost certain, McCann stuck to his guns and came out the victor by refusing to change his philosophy on how he wants to see his team play, something that has earned him praise from the Irish defender.
“It’s a big relieve – this result has obviously been a long time coming for us,” beamed Boyle.
“But I thought we were good value for it after dominating the game. We rode our luck a bit late on but that is a bit of luck we probably deserve after the way things have gone recently.
“The manager has been brilliant. We’ve all taken a bit of flak but he’s been positive and kept on encouraging us to play.
“He’s been very brave. It would have been easy to revert to a safer style and go long but he has stuck to his guns and we reaped the benefits of it on Saturday.
“Have I seen any signs of him being under stress? No, not really. At training, everyone has been positive around the place. You wouldn’t guess from walking around the place that we had lost seven games on the spin from looking at folk.
“Saturday was a much better feeling coming off the pitch than we’ve had in past weeks. We just need to kick this on now.”