Opening day win and attacking strength pleases Killie boss

Opening day win and attacking strength pleases Killie boss

in #KillieStories August 4, 2018

Steve Clarke expressed his pleasure at his attacking options and the manner of his team's 2-0 home win over St Johnstone.

Goals from Scott Boyd and Mikael Ndjoli handed Killie a first opening day league triumph since 2009.

Ndjoli grabbed his fourth goal of the season after coming off the bench to unleash an unstoppable shot from 25 yards out to give Zander Clark no chance.

And with Kris Boyd, Eamonn Brophy and Lee Erwin already off the mark for the season, Clarke was happy with the goal threat his Killie team possesses.

He said: "Jordan started well in the second half with one good dribble and he’s a confidence player. His confidence came back very quickly and he was one of a number of good performances.

"Mikael is a goalscorer and he’s shown that albeit at a different level. We’re happy to have him here and he gives us something a little bit different. Somebody asked me a few weeks ago if we had enough options to score goals and I think we have.

"I think you saw our forward power. I didn’t even get Greg Kiltie on the pitch today so we’ve got good forward options."

A 3-0 win over Hamilton was the last time Killie took three points from their first league fixture but the Killie boss wasn't getting carried away with another landmark achieved.

For the club these records are meant to be open. We’re not here to set records, we’re here to win football matches.

He added: "For the club these records are meant to be open. We’re not here to set records, we’re here to win football matches.

"We wanted to have a good start today and we’ve done that. Feet back on the ground, back in training tomorrow and get ready for another difficult game away at Livingston next weekend."

The boss also gave an update on defender Stuart Findlay, who has been out of action since a clash of heads at Dumbarton.

He added: "Stuart is still getting one or two little headaches so we’re not taking a risk on him. Kirk and Scott Boyd did so well today which is pleasing and means we don’t need to rush Stuart back."