in #KillieStories October 31, 2017
Steve Clarke thanked the Kilmarnock fans after they applauded his team from the field despite their 3-0 loss to Hibernian.
Goals from John McGinn, Simon Murray and Martin Boyle saw Killie go down despite striking the woodwork several times and Ofir Marciano making some fine saves in the Hibs goal.
Rory McKenzie and Kris Boyd were denied by the post and the crossbar respectively as the hosts were undone by a slow start and some defensive errors.
A crowd of 5,005 were in Rugby Park to see Clarke's first home match as boss and he thanked the home support for their reaction throughout the game and at full time.
He said: "I thought the crowd were absolutely terrific tonight. The fact they stayed until the end, clapped the team off the pitch was just a measure of how hard the lads tried on the pitch."We certainly made some mistakes, the first two goals were very, very poor goals to concede and the third is a consequence of chasing the game to get back in it.
"The crowd got right behind us, I think they recognised the players gave it everything and we played some good stuff.
"We had a spell at the end of the first half and beginning of the second where we were by far the better team but we couldn’t get the crucial goal to make it 1-1, which I think would have changed the night."
After collecting back-to-back draws away to Rangers and Celtic, Clarke believes the physical toll hurt his players in the early part of the match.
It was a really slow start from us. I can only put that down to the fact we physically put so much into the last two games away from home.
"It was a really slow start from us. I can only put that down to the fact we physically put so much into the last two games away from home.
"Hibs were better for at least 20-25 minutes but once we got into the game, I thought we did OK."