Clarke: We've remained competitive in difficult games

Clarke: We've remained competitive in difficult games

in #KillieStories May 5, 2018

Steve Clarke felt his Killie side were unfortunate to suffer a 1-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox.

The manager was left to rue a late defensive slip as David Bates' late head condemned Killie to a third successive loss.

However the boss was encouraged by his side's overall display in Govan and reiterated his determination to try to finish the campaign on a high. 

Pointing to the fact Aberdeen, Hibernian and Rangers are all in a battle for second place, the manager stated his side had remained competitive in all three matches.

He said: "I said post-split would be difficult for us, but we’ve played all the teams fighting for second place, Aberdeen, Hibs and now Rangers, and we’ve been competitive in every game. That was the third time we’ve been here this season.

"If you get the rub of the green, the bounce of the ball at the right times, better refereeing decisions, fairer referees, you have a chance.

"It was disappointing to lose a late free-kick but my players can be proud of themselves.

"We had a chance with Aaron Tshibola. It was a good second save from the goalkeeper because he spilled the first one. It was close and Aaron couldn’t get it up and over him. That was a big chance." 

However the Killie boss was irked by two incidents involving Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos and Killie defender Stuart Findlay. 

 

He added: "There was an elbow on Stuart dealt with by a yellow card, which I'm not sure is the right card.

"There was also a punch to his groin later on. He gave a free-kick to us, so he saw the movement - but no second yellow.

"I don't want the lad Morleos to be cited or dealt with because it doesn't help us or this game. But it shows a little bit, for me, the level of the refereeing performance today

"Referees have to be fair to both teams, that's all I ask for."