in #KillieStories March 17, 2018
Steve Clarke expressed his pride and admiration for his Killie players following a merited 1-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox.
Kris Boyd's goal ten minutes into the second half proved to be enough as the men from Ayrshire returned down the M77 with all three points.
Victory was another huge boost in Killie's quest for a top six finish and Clarke was thrilled with how his team reacted to their midweek cup loss to Aberdeen on penalties.
Clarke said: "When you consider the schedule we’ve had recently with seven games in 21 days it is a big ask for the players and I think you saw a little bit of fatigue in the first 20 minutes.
"The last 15 minutes we were digging in but I haven’t got words that can praise this group of players enough.
"They've found a way to get results, the run of matches and wins we’re on and the way we compete with the top teams must be great for the Kilmarnock supporters to come and watch.
"I know as a coach standing on the sideline that I’m really proud of the players. They should be proud of their efforts as well.
"We rode our luck a little bit with the one off the bar and I turned to Alex Dyer when that happened and said ‘you know what, it might be our day today’.
"It’s always good when you get those little breaks but the players worked hard to get them."
Eamonn Brophy returned to partner Kris Boyd in attack and Clarke believes it was the right approach in order to get the best from his attacking options.
He added: "Every game you have to analyse and I felt today was a game for two strikers whereas the midweek cup tie against Aberdeen I felt was for one striker. Every game is different and you have to read the game and try and find a way to give your players the best chance to win."With Kris Boyd and Eamonn Brophy up front I knew we’d cause Rangers some problems and that proved to be the case, which is good for me and even better for the players.
"I don’t take any credit, I give credit to the people I work with. My staff are excellent, the players have been magnificent and the crowd have been great as well.
"There may not have been so many of them here but you could hear them screaming in the background and getting excited and trust me when your two brothers are Kilmarnock fans you know how excited they are getting at the moment.
"It’s good to see and it’s a good time for the club."