Steve Clarke pep talk lifted Killie, says Paul McDonald

Steve Clarke pep talk lifted Killie, says Paul McDonald

in #KillieStories October 14, 2017

Paul McDonald says a pep talk from new Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke helped inspire his players to a 2-0 victory over Partick Thistle.

Clarke was introduced to the players after their pre-match meal before heading to Firhill and gave the squad some words of encouragement ahead of the game.

Goals from Kris Boyd and Adam Frizell ensured Killie claimed their first league win of the season and gives the new man a platform to build on.

McDonald took charge of the team after overseeing training for the past two weeks and he was delighted with the performance.

"It was a thrill to get the three points," said the stand-in boss. "As a team we're over the moon.

"Credit to the players for getting the win today. I just don't think previously results had gone their way but today we got the goal and then carried on the pressure into the second half.

"The new manager gave the players a pep talk before the game at our pre-match meal and it worked wonders.

"Steve Clarke is a massive name in the game, and it shows how ambitious our club is to appoint somebody of his stature. It's credit to our directors and we're thrilled.

"He met the players at the pre-match meal at the hotel in the morning. He said, 'Good luck and the real work starts today at three o'clock'.

"Now I'm happy to go back in the shadows again."