in #KillieStories February 11, 2018
Steve Clarke was pleased with the professionalism shown by his Kilmarnock players as they ran out 4-0 winners over Brora Rangers.
Second-half goals from Kris Boyd, Eamonn Brophy and Stephen O'Donnell added to Aaron Tshibola's opener just before the interval.
Killie had to remain patient to breakdown their Highland League opponents, who can be proud of their efforts in the tie.
"We spoke at half-time that if we got the second we had to get the third and the fourth," Clarke said.
"That's how you respect your opponents; you keep going, don't switch off and don't stop, just keep going."He added: "It was always going to be difficult, you have to give Brora a lot of credit, they came here and made it difficult and we knew they would.
"We just had to keep chipping away at them to get the goals. The one before half-time was a big bonus."
Greg Kiltie helped set up the opening goal and the Killie boss believes the 21-year-old can still have a big impact on the campaign.
He added: "It was nice to see Greg back and he can give us a lot in the second half of the season so it is a big plus for us."The last ten minutes Brora had a few corners and put us under a little bit of pressure so I’m pleased for Leo [Fasan] that he got a clean sheet in his first start."
While a home draw in Sunday's quarter final draw would be ideal, Clarke is already targeting adding to our run of six successive home victories.
He said: "We’re on a good run of form at home. We’ve got Dundee coming to see us here on Tuesday night so that will be another tough one for us and we’ll work hard to get the three points."