It could be argued that this has been the most testing time for Steve Clarke at Kilmarnock. A Scottish Cup exit, controversy, and no wins in seven. Killie have had a rough few weeks and are in need of a good result to take them away from this drama.
It won’t be easy against Motherwell on Wednesday night, but Killie know what they are capable of. They might not have got a victory in their past seven, but rest assured, Killie will come storming back.
Despite the poor run of late, it shouldn’t be thought of as doom and gloom around Rugby Park.
Now they’ve got a leader, and a good mentality
Despite going to a Livingston side who hadn’t won in two months, it was always going to be an uphill task against the Lions. With several suspensions and injuries to contend with, Clarke put out a weaker side against Livi. They have picked up points at home against Celtic, Rangers, Hearts and Motherwell this term. They are a good side on their own turf.
This result shouldn’t worry Killie fans. Livi played like the side who were motoring up the table early on this season, and most teams would have had problems getting a result in West Lothian on Saturday.
Performances haven’t dropped in this period. Clarke’s side have still played with the enthusiasm and effort they have showed all season, it’s just the results haven’t been kind to them. With this type of performance, Killie will no doubt start picking up points sooner rather than later.
Steve Clarke is at the wheel, so he knows how to pick up his players from a drop in results. He is a great man manager, showed by his recent press appearances with Kris Boyd and Rangers bound Jordan Jones. The players clearly trust his ways and he trusts them. With that mentality in the dressing room, points will start to appear soon.
Not only that, but Killie are still in the running for European football. They are only four points off Aberdeen in third, and fourth may become a European spot, should the Dons, Celtic or Rangers lift the Scottish Cup. They haven’t lost any major ground in the league, but they do need to start picking up points to make sure this remains the case.
Killie have overachieved this season. They have played above their level for most of the season, and were due a dip in form at some stage.
It’s never pleasing to watch, but Killie fans should be safe in the knowledge that Clarke’s men will put points on the board soon enough.