Kilmarnock battler Alan Power says a rejected postponement request handed his side extra motivation to strive for victory over Livingston at the weekend.
Power returned to the Kilmarnock midfield against Livingston after a period of self-isolation. The Irishman was instrumental in ensuring a 3-1 Killie win and was full of praise for his teammates after what was a difficult two weeks for the squad.
Speaking after the 3-1 victory, Power said: “Obviously a couple of the lads played during the week as well so that could have been a bit of a shock to their system, they also had to play against Livingston.
“But those boys did really really well. I think it’s really good that everybody had to fight to get this result. We are a team that has to be fighting for each other and have that 100% work rate to win those games.
“We are not the type of team that can pass our way through game. We need to have a high tempo and do our work. Togetherness plays a big part in that. We knew what kind of game it was going to be especially with a couple of weeks off. Coming to Livingston is a tall ask and the boys should be proud of themselves for that.
“At the start of the season we were playing well and probably not getting some of the results that we deserved right away. We are getting the results I think we deserve and playing in different ways. We had to weather a storm today but scoring three goals away from home was perfect.”
With a two-week lay-off for Killie, Power expected the home side to attack from the first whistle, something the team were aware of.
He said: “Our plan was to weather the storm in the first 15 or 20 minutes. We thought they would come out quick. We didn’t really want to concede as early as we did but we bounced back well.
“I’m pretty proud of the lads for what we’ve been through over the past couple of weeks and after putting in a good performance like that.”
Kilmarnock had asked that the fixture was postponed to allow the first team players to train together prior to the fixture but Livingston rejected the request. This was something the midfielder said gave the squad extra motivation going into the game.
He said: “I think you have to use things like that, but I can’t really blame them either. It’s a chance for them to get a leg-up, we don’t expect any favours. Did it give us a boost something to fight for?
“Yes, and I think you have to use something like that when you only have a couple of days training to get that little bit of bite about you.”
With two weeks from hell behind them, the midfielder and his teammates are looking ahead to their next fixture against Hibs and will take on whatever comes their way.
Power said: “I think the way the world is at the minute we have to accept things with the way they are going. I think every team is going to be hit in different ways.
“So you just have to overcome it and try and do your best and that’s what we did, just put a shift in.”