Clarke pleased as Jones inspires Kilmarnock to victory

first_img“They sat in and defended well especially in the first half. When the game opened up it made it easier for us and it was a pleasing way to start the season.“I don’t know if their back three dropped a bit deeper, which was hard to do, and there seemed to be more space.“Jordan started well in the second half and he is a confidence player and that came back quickly. He was one of a number of good performers.”It was also the first time Kilmarnock won on the opening weekend of the season since 2009 when they defeated Hamilton 3-0 at Rugby Park. Clarke said: “For the club, these records are made to be broken, but we aren’t here to set records, we are here to win football matches.“We wanted to have a good start and we managed to do that, but we have to keep our feet on the ground because we have a difficult game against Livingston next week.”Saints boss Tommy Wright took full responsibility for his side’s “really poor” performance after half-time.He said: “It wasn’t the start I wanted, and it certainly wasn’t the performance I was hoping for either. “We knew this would be a bigger test than we’d had in the pre-season games and the Betfred Cup and I’ll take full responsibility, but I did not see that coming.“The first half was alright, but the second half was really, really poor and their two goals sum it up. “The first goal was a free-kick we didn’t deal with and the second came from a simple 10-yard pass which wasn’t completed, allowing their player to run 40 yards with the ball before he puts it in the top corner.” Steve Clarke hailed his side’s patience and praised Jordan Jones’ second half showing after Kilmarnock defeated St Johnstone on the opening day.Scott Boyd tapped in and Mikael Ndjoli scored a stunner as Killie scored twice after the break to take the three points.Clarke felt his side got more room in the second half as the Saints pushed forward which Jones, in particular, was able to exploit.“It was a difficult game because they came with a game plan to make it hard for us,” said Clarke.last_img read more

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