Steve Clarke praises Killie crowd after Saints win

Steve Clarke praises Killie crowd after Saints win

in #KillieStories December 29, 2018

Steve Clarke was heartened by the size of the Killie crowd who watched his team bring a memorable 2018 to a close with a 2-1 victory over St Mirren.

A total of 7,131 including 1,002 visiting supporters took in the festive game at Rugby Park as goals from Stuart Findlay and Jordan Jones gave Killie all three points.

The result ensured Killie picked up 74 Premiership points across 2018 and sit on 41 points after 21 league games in the 2018/19 campaign.

Findlay's header after only three minutes had the home fans on their feet before Greg Stewart produced an outstanding piece of skill to set up Jones for the second goal.

Clarke said:  "It was great to see them back. I said to Alex Dyer a few weeks ago that if we didn’t get close to 7,000 for this game with the run that we’re on then we were in a little bit of trouble so it was great to see the punters turning up.

"They’ve been turning up in big numbers away from home, they’ve been tremendous. Like you say 7,000 is a great effort and long may it continue.

"I haven’t brought them back; the players have brought them back with their performances on the pitch. The players deserve all the credit, not me.

"It’s been a good year for the club, we’ve come a long way from the bottom of the Scottish Premiership last October so we’ve done ok."

After five wins, one draw and one loss from seven December games, Killie head into the winter break in third place in the league, one point behind reigning champions Celtic and city rivals Rangers.

On the win over St Mirren, Clarke added: "It was nice to win, it would have been nicer to do it a little bit more comfortably. 

"It’s difficult when you play these teams who are scrapping for points. We had the game won after 15 minutes or whatever it was at 2-0 up.

"We switched off from a set play, which disrupted our rhythm a little bit but by the end of the first half I thought we had it back again. In the second half, we bossed the game pretty much for the whole 45."