Character and courage leaves Killie boss Clarke thrilled

Character and courage leaves Killie boss Clarke thrilled

in #KillieStories February 13, 2018

Steve Clarke praised the character and courage of his Kilmarnock players after they dug in to beat Dundee 3-2 at Rugby Park.

Reduced to ten men and 2-1 down in the second half, Killie's run of six consecutive home wins looked under real threat.

However goals from Kris Boyd and Iain Wilson turned the match on its head and ensured Rugby Park was rocking at the final whistle.

Clarke said: "Tonight I’m thrilled with the fact the players showed great character and courage to come back and get a result from a really difficult situation.

"It keeps the run going but it is not important. The run will end someday, it could have ended tonight.

"The overall picture in the way the team is evolving and working you can tell they feel good about themselves. They keep working to pick up points and that’s all I can ask of them."

Eamonn Brophy opened the scoring early for Killie but Dundee had periods of dominance in the match as Neil McCann's men aimed to close the gap.

Clarke was pleased with the way his substitutes made a real impact on the match.

He added: "It was always going to be difficult with ten men but we are never dead and buried with this group of players.

"It was a strange game tonight. We didn’t start very well even though we went 1-0 up, I thought Dundee were much better in the first 30 minutes.

"We shuffled it about a bit in the second half, actually conceded the 1-2 when we were probably the better team again and lost Gary Dicker. You saw the rest.

"I put young Iain Wilson on for his first appearance for a long time and he helped to change the game for us. Lee Erwin came on up front and showed everybody what he’s shown me in training for the past six weeks. It was nice to see.

"When I came to the club everybody told me he [Wilson] was a really good player and a big prospect and I think you got a glimpse of that tonight."