McDonald: Steve Clarke pep talk inspired Killie win

first_img“Now I’m happy to go back in the shadows again.”Defeat for Thistle saw them booed off the pitch at half-time and manager Alan Archibald said his side had enough ability to be winning matches and fans were entitled to show their displeasure.He said: “The injuries are a big thing, but I’m not going to use it as an excuse.“The starting eleven is good enough to go and win the game. The injuries are a problem because they are all in the same areas, full-backs and midfielders, but we’ve got to soldier on.“There’s enough quality in that team to go out and win that game.“”The fans have been brilliant, they deserve to boo, they’ve just lost 2-0 at home in a massive game.“They get impatient and rightly so. Players are paid to take the ball under pressure, so I’ve nothing to say to the fans.” Kilmarnock caretaker boss Paul McDonald believes a pre-match pep talk from new manager Steve Clarke was key to the team’s first league win of the season.The Ayshire club confirmed on Saturday morning that the former West Brom and Reading manager would be taking charge and he watched from the stands at Firhill hours later.Goals from Kris Boyd and Adam Frizell gave the visitors a 2-0 win to lift them from the foot of the table and McDonald said Clarke inspired the players.“It was a thrill to get the three points,” he said. “As a team we’re over the moon. “Credit to the players for getting the win today. I just don’t think previously results had gone their way but today we got the goal and then carried on the pressure into the second half.“The new manager gave the players a pep talk before the game at our pre-match meal and it worked wonders.“Steve Clarke is a massive name in the game, and it shows how ambitious our club is to appoint somebody of his stature. It’s credit to our directors and we’re thrilled.“He met the players at the pre-match meal at the hotel in the morning. He said, ‘Good luck and the real work starts today at three o’clock’.last_img

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