in #KillieStories September 1, 2018
Steve Clarke praised the contribution of goal scorers Eamonn Brophy and Greg Stewart after our 2-0 win over Aberdeen.
Stewart marked his Killie debut with a sublime individual strike after Brophy had given us the lead with a wonderful free-kick just before the interval.
Clarke on Eamonn Brophy's goal and Greg Stewart's debut
"It was a good free kick. Eamonn has been doing a bit of work on that at the training ground and it’s always good to see a player working on something and it comes off in a game.
"Greg Stewart’s run and finish was nice to see. Great skill on the halfway line to turn the man, enough pace to get himself in the box and then he has the composure to finish the way he finished so it’s a good start for Greg and I’m sure he’s pleased to get off to a winning start with Kilmarnock.
"I think Greg would tell you that he enjoyed it up here last year and I think Derek would say he was a vital part of their squad. These things happen, sometimes you don’t get the breaks and you don’t become a key player in the squad but that was because Aberdeen are a good side. It’s always difficult to break into good sides.
"We hope what we saw today from Greg is a little taste of what is to come for the rest of the loan period."
Clarke on Aaron Tshibola's performance and our Deadline Day signings
"Aaron and Greg both missed out on pre-season with us, probably missed out on a proper pre-season with their clubs because they were training down a little bit with the younger groups so fitness wise both will improve.
"Aaron Tshibola gives me different options in midfield, Greg Stewart gives me different options as a link between midfield and forwards. I’ve signed another two boys yesterday [Bright Enobakhare and Jack Bryne] that give me even more options so I look forward to all those difficult decisions."Clarke on Pittodrie performance and Michael Devlin's red card
"It’s nice to come up here and win, it’s been a long time since Kilmarnock did that so it’s nice to put that one to bed.
"A lot of the match was 11v10 and I thought we played well as a team and moved the ball but there are bits we can improve on. Aberdeen were determined opponents as you would expect even when down to 10. There were a couple of balls which fell in the box at 2-0 in the last 10 minutes that they could have made it a more nervous end to the game for us.
"We had a lot of chances especially young Brophy, who looked a big threat today. He’s waited patiently for his chance. I normally play Kris [Boyd] and another striker and sometimes Eamonn partners up with him but we felt that today’s game suited him with Greg Stewart coming into the team.
"Eamonn makes good runs and Greg is a good footballer who can find passes so the two of them linked quite well. It’s early days but it was pleasing to see.
"The red card is typical last man defender. There was contact, there was a foul. Is it a red? It’s open to debate all the time but if I was Derek I’d be disappointed with the decision."