Killie boss thrilled with three points at Dens Park

Killie boss thrilled with three points at Dens Park

in #KillieStories October 6, 2018

Steve Clarke was pleased his Kilmarnock team followed up back-to-back home wins with a tough away victory against Dundee.

Goals from Jordan Jones and Eamonn Brophy secured a third successive three points for the men in blue and white after they fell behind to Adil Nabi's early opener.

The result lifted Killie to third in the Premiership table with league leaders Hearts and reigning champions Celtic in action on Sunday against Rangers and St Johnstone respectively.

Clarke said: "I knew it would be a difficult game. Dundee obviously got a big boost last week with their first win but I also knew that coming here there’d be more pressure on them because they haven’t won at home.

"Having said all that, I thought we started really slow and didn’t get into the game at all. We got back in the game with a fortuitous deflection so certainly the run of the game went for us today."

The game's major talking point saw Killie awarded the first of two penalty kicks with Dundee unhappy with Jordan Jones.

"I’ve only seen the wide angle, the same look as I get from the bench which obviously looks like a penalty" the Killie boss added.

"People are saying there was minimal contact. We’ll have to look at it and see how it comes out.

"If you are as quick as Jordan sometimes you go and anticipate contact and people don’t realise that as not everyone is as quick running with the ball as Jordan.

"The referee wasn’t too far from the incident and he gave it without any hesitation. It’s better to wait and see what the close ups and everybody tells me. People have said there’s no contact but from the angle I’ve seen I can’t say there was no contact."

The international break sees Killie return to action against St Mirren on October 20 and Clarke praised his players for securing maximum points from their last run of matches.

He said: "It’s been a decent start. It was important for us to build on the back of two important home wins.

"I said to the lads if they came here and got a point it would be good to have seven points from a difficult run of games and obviously we’ve managed to come away with all three so it feels even better."