in #KillieStories December 17, 2017
Steve Clarke praised the heart and determination of his Kilmarnock squad after they passed a stern test at home to Motherwell.
Scott Boyd's goal just before the break ensured a 1-0 win with Killie forced to defend resolutely at times with Jamie MacDonald pulling off a number of excellent saves.
"It's always good when you win a game like that," he said.
"I'm sure it wasn't very pleasing on the eye but it was entertaining, both teams had a right go. It was always going to be a scrappy goal to win it, and we are just glad we got the goal."The boys have always shown character since I got here, which is good. They obviously have a bit more confidence now and feel better about themselves playing the game. And when you have got that confidence and desire, you can always dig out a result.
"And you need to work really hard to keep a clean sheet against Motherwell, because they continue asking you questions, the ball keeps going into your box. Credit to the team for defending so well and bravely. You have to stick your head in where it hurts and they did that."
Clarke was pleased with goal scorer Boyd, who was one of three players to come in to start following the 2-2 draw with Ross County.
Asked about what he had added to the group as a coach, the Killie boss explained he was enjoying a continual education about the Scottish game and his own squad.
He added: "I'm still learning about my players, Scott Boyd hadn't featured at all. He's not the prettiest training ground player that you've ever seen but on a matchday, he knows how to defend. His career and record tells you that.
"For me the pleasing thing is when your squad players stand up and do a job for the team then it means they are working properly day in, day out on the training ground and that's a good message for everyone else in the squad waiting on their chance."