Boss pleased fans got reward for magnificent effort

Boss pleased fans got reward for magnificent effort

in #KillieStories March 3, 2018

Steve Clarke hailed Kilmarnock supporters for their "magnificent effort" in making the long trip for the 1-1 draw with Pittodrie.

Over 1,368 fans made their way through wild winter conditions, which have hit much of Scotland throughout the week to see the team earn another chance to reach the Scottish Cup last four.

Kris Boyd scored from the penalty spot to cancel out Graeme Shinnie's early goal.

The Killie boss praised his team's display against Derek McInnes' men as well as acknowledging the backing the men in blue and white got from the stand.

He said: "The fans were marvellous. I knew they would be here because they’ve been excited about the team, they’ve enjoyed watching their team play and you see the performance today, the lads have given everything.

"When supporters see that their players are giving them everything then they’ll always get behind them. The Kilmarnock fans today made a magnificent effort to be here and I’m sure they’ll turn up in big numbers for the replay."

Jordan Jones was fouled by Shay Logan for Killie's spot kick while already on a yellow card.

On the penalty decision, Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke said: "The referee is far closer than us so must have seen contact. I agree with Derek that if it's a foul by Logan then it should be a second yellow.

"Sometimes you get them, some times you don't. We're not here to criticise referees, we're all here to help them.

"It was a good performance. It was always going to be a difficult game, and the surface didn't help either team. It made it hard to play good football - we tried.

"It was disappointing to go behind, but as always my players responded. They've got great character, great belief, and more than deserved a replay.

"We had chances to win. We kept plugging away and always looked like a threat."