Alex Dyer has jumped to the defence of Wolves loanee Connor Johnson after his own goal resulted in Kilmarnock’s Scottish Cup exit.
Dyer’s side exited the competition after a dramatic 4-3 extra time defeat to Aberdeen. Andy Considine’s drive towards goal deflected off Johnson and into the net with just seconds remaining to hand Derek McInnes’ side progression.
Johnson had only been on the park a matter of moments before the unfortunate incident. Speaking after the game, Dyer says the Wolves defender should not be blamed for Kilmarnock’s cup exit.
“It’s hard to put into words,” said Dyer. “We had the game sewn up and threw it away. If you give good sides a sniff they punish you and that’s what they did.
“We got to a point where the game was won. We made bad decisions at key moments. We showed character to get back into it when we were 2-1 down and we were cruising.
“Then there was a moment of madness and you’re out. Connor was there but that’s not his fault. It was a cross across the box and it’s come off his foot. But the game should have been won and put to bed before that.
“He’s a young kid and he’ll have moments he can look back on and learn from. I’m gutted for the fans because we let them down.”