Chris Burke has lamented the opportunity Kilmarnock have missed to move into the top six on Sunday after a defeat to Hibs.
Killie went down 2-1 to Jack Ross’ side. Greg Docherty’s brilliant effort put the Hibees in front before a diving header from Burke levelled the game. An Adam Jackson strike before half time sealed three points for the away side.
It moves Hibs four points clear of Kilmarnock in seventh. Burke’s side had the chance to move into the top six with victory over the Easter Road side but it wasn’t to be over the weekend.
Killie’s 36-year-old veteran says that their top six fate is in the hands of others for now as he urges his teammates to dust themselves down after a first defeat in four matches.
“In reflection of it, we probably could have merited a point,” said Burke. “But we never so we’ll dust ourselves off. I don’t think we played particularly well in the first half, Hibs implemented their game better than ours.
“It became a bit of end to end and that’s not our style. To be a top six side you have to do it consistently for longer periods. We did that against Rangers, we played our style. This game was a little bit disappointing from our aspect.
“There’s been many a time this season where we’ve been down and have come back to win or draw the game. Sometimes it just doesn’t go your way. This is a good group that has achieved great things in terms of making the top six the last two seasons.
“We’re still trying to achieve that. It’s in other teams’ hands now rather than ours. The demands of each other in training are great and I know we’ve had setbacks in the past and coped with them well.
“We have to respect what’s behind us as well. It was in our hands to be in the top six and that’s the disappointing factor. We can take some positives, especially second half.”