Alex Dyer witnessed his Kilmarnock team come away with three points from the Tony Macaroni Arena as his side came back from a goal down to win 3-1.
Most of Kilmarnock’s first-team players were available for selection in this fixture after returning from a period of self-isolation and Dyer was impressed with the performance from his squad.
Speaking after the full-time whistle, Dyer said: “We came here with a job to do and we did it well. We were organised and we have an honest bunch of players who work hard for this football club.
“They enjoy what they do, and they’ve had two weeks where they haven’t had to do anything, and they’ve come in and put in a performance like that. We went a goal down, but we didn’t panic, we tried to stay in the game.
“We scored at the right time and that gave us a little bit of a lift and we just went on and dominated the game I thought. We weren’t really in trouble during the game at all. We had a couple of good moments in the game but most importantly we were in control.”
In Kilmarnock’s midweek cup tie only a handful of senior players were available to play, but with only two days group training under their belts, Dyer fielded a team of regulars he believed could do the job.
Praising his players for their efforts, he said “They were a little bit tired but rightly so. they worked hard for each other and they are a close bunch, You can see that on the pitch. I’ve got a good squad and I can rotate and change whenever I need to.”
Kilmarnock were the first top-flight side to have a major coronavirus outbreak since the season began but Dyer doesn’t think it’ll be the last for Premiership teams. St Mirren have already had positive tests resulting in all three goalkeepers being unavailable for selection on matchday last month.
Another batch of tests have returned positive for the Paisley side this week, resulting in their game with Motherwell being postponed. Having gone through the same situation as Buddies manager Jim Goodwin, Dyer has sympathy for his counterpart but doesn’t yet see light at the end of the tunnel for Scottish football.
Speaking on the current issues Dyer said “It has happened to us and it’s going to happen to many other teams. We have to look after each other and not use what’s happening as an opportunity to play the blame game.
“St Mirren have gotten it, but I hope they’re all well and safe. The game can take care of itself. We can play the games anytime. There are no supporters coming in at the moment so these games can be arranged anytime.
“The FA shouldn’t be looking at always believing someone and having an inquiry. The whole country is under pressure at the moment and football is a part of that, so we have to suck it up take it on the chin.”