Boss wants team to show same reaction and attitude

Angelo Alessio wants his Kilmarnock team to build on the attitude and determination shown during the second half of our Premiership opener.

A late goal by Rangers’ Connor Goldson meant a 2-1 defeat and heartbreak for Killie after Stephen O’Donnell had cancelled out Scott Arfield’s opening goal.

It was a cruel pill for the home side to swallow but the Killie boss saw signs of encouragement.

He told Killie TV: “We knew it would be a tough game and I think the game was slow in the first half. At the same time, I got a good reaction and a good attitude from my team but the result is a shame.

“I think we have improved a lot, of course but we conceded two goals from two corners and we have to improve in this aspect. We have to keep the same attitude and determination [as the rest of the game] when we are marking in the box.”

Alessio’s men looked more threatening in the second half and the boss was pleased with the turnaround after the interval.

He added: “I believed we could come back and I believe we can come back and transfer these thoughts [at half time] to the players.

“In the second half we played well and we pressed more than the first half and we created two or three opportunities to score. I asked them to press more and my team played in this way.”

You can watch Angelo’s interview in full on Killie TV