First Team

Robbie: I had belief

23rd September 2015

Head coach always confident that battling Jambos would rescue game at Rugby Park.

Robbie Neilson has revealed that he always believed his side could come from behind to win at Rugby Park, he just didn’t expect it to be in normal time.

Twice the Jambos pegged back Kilmarnock to draw level, thanks to Alim Ozturk and Juanma goals, before Sam Nicholson’s injury time winner booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish League Cup.

Speaking after the match, head coach Robbie felt that despite the dramatics it was a win well deserved.

“I always thought we would get back and get something out of the game, as in getting the extra time,” he said. “I felt that even at the start of the game we played well and passed it pretty well. It was a poor goal again from a cross into the box. It gave them a lift and then I thought the rest of the first-half was evens.

“The second-half we played some nice football at times, we had a lot of play but just couldn’t get the goal. Eventually we get it and they go up the park and get another.

“You shouldn’t be coming to Rugby Park and have to score three goals to win and the way that we played in the game, but to get the goal and then go again and get the third goal was fantastic and great spirit.

“It helps us a little bit in that we go to Celtic Park on Saturday and we don’t have extra time to go into, that was a worry as well.”

The Jambos twice battled back to eventually get into a winning position and while Robbie was happy with his side’s determination, he’s reminded them that they must keep their shape at all times.

“It shows belief,” he said. “They always want to keep going and keep going. They were 2-1 down and pushing for the goal and I’m shouting from the side to try and get them a bit more disciplined.

“They all want to score goals and it’s good to see that but you need to keep disciplined to make sure you don’t lose any more goals. You do that and it gives you the platform to go and score more goals.

“I’m starting to get the players back and get them fit as well. We’re starting to get there and get some fitness as well.”