REACTION: Valuable point for “poor” Killie, says Wright

It was a mix of emotions for Tommy Wright in Saturday’s post-match press conference, following Kilmarnock’s 2-2 draw with Ross County at Rugby Park. Seán McGill reports.

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Killie boss Tommy Wright believes his side’s performance in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Ross County was one of the poorest during his time in Ayrshire, but acknowledges the value in the result. 

“It’s a good point. It’s a point away from the bottom of the table, and we’ve still got a lot to play for.

“If you’re talking about performance overall, how I like the team to play and how they have been playing, it’s probably one of our poorer ones, and the players know that. They’re in the dressing room discussing that, but we still scored two goals.” 

Just as they had a fortnight ago, the hosts got off to a dream start as Chris Burke scored a sumptuous volley to put Killie in front inside three minutes. Wright says he encouraged his players to be quick out the traps, however, he felt it took long for them to pose a real threat in the game.

“We asked for a fast start, we got it. We then conceded far too early and far too cheaply for my liking and Ross County made it difficult for us. We didn’t get into the game in the first half despite going 2-1 up. We didn’t move the ball quickly enough. I think we were a bit one-dimensional at times in the first half.

“It probably wasn’t until the last 20/25 minutes of the game that we took any real control of the game. In that space we had two or three good opportunities but couldn’t get that third goal that would have given us the victory.

“We’ve got round the back of them three or four times in the last 20 minutes and just not picked anyone out in the box. That’s where we need that wee bit of composure, that wee bit of quality.” 

Killie remain a point from safety, Saturday’s result leaving the relegation battle in the hands of Ross County who lie in 10th. Bottom side Hamilton failed to capitalise on the deadlock at Rugby Park, as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat away to Dundee United. 

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