in #KillieStories September 15, 2018
Steve Clarke says the overall feeling in the Killie dressing room was one of huge disappointment after ending up on the wrong end of 3-2 scoreline at Easter Road.
Florian Kamberi scored a hotly disputed penalty kick to give the hosts victory after Killie had bravely battled back from two goals down to go in level at the break.
Strike duo Eamonn Brophy and Greg Stewart were both on target for the second games in a row to cancel out a Stevie Mallan free kick and David Gray header.
Kirk Broadfoot was penalised by referee John Beaton with the official pointing to the spot for an attempted interception on Jamie MacLaren.
At the other end, Broadfoot claimed for a spot kick of his own in stoppage time after a challenge by Efe Ambrose.
Clarke said: “The Hibs penalty watching back on the video, MacLaren actually kicks Kirk on the back of the foot/Achilles. How that can be a penalty I’m not so sure.
“But if it was a day for soft penalties then we should have had one at the end and we should have got something out of the game because we deserved something.”
After trading eight goals during our last trip to Leith, predictions of a repeat looked likely to come true following a pulsating first 45 minutes with the score at 2-2.
Clarke added: “We let a decent situation slip away from us. We were the best team on the pitch first half, I thought we played really well and I couldn’t believe we were 2-0 down. There was a stage in the game where you’re thinking ‘How did that happen?’
“It was a good free kick from Stevie Mallan, which was a kick in the teeth for us but we responded well and got back in the game. Then we switched off from a corner and it’s 2-0, which made it difficult.
“We then scored two fantastic team goals to get ourselves back in the game. I think at half time everyone inside Easter Road except inside the Hibs dressing room would expect us to get something from the game.
“We certainly did but events have transpired against us and we’ve gone away empty handed and we feel a little bit hard done by.”
One positive aspect saw new signing Stewart make it two goals from two matches while Eamonn Brophy also found the net to round off a fine team move.
Clarke said: “It’s a partnership which has worked well for us. They’ve got themselves a couple of goals in recent games but if you concede three then it’s going to be difficult to concede goals. To concede three goals all from dead ball situations is something we’ll have to look at.
“For me it was more frustrating we probably weren’t quite as good on the ball in the second half as we did first half. I thought we were terrific with the ball in the first half.
“The movement was good and the passing was also good. Two great team goals. In the second half we made a few mistakes in possession.
“Since Greg [Stewart] came into the building we’ve probably changed the emphasis of the way the team plays and we’ve played a lot of good stuff in the last few games.
“But the overriding feeling is disappointment that we didn’t get something that we deserved from the game today.”