Kilmarnock boss Alex Dyer was left ruing an unfortunate moment after Danny Rogers misjudged a cross as St Mirren secured a last-gasp 1-1 draw in Ayrshire.
Killie now sit eighth and four points above 11th placed Motherwell with the late Buddies goal costing them a chance to go six points clear of the relegation play-off spot.
Speaking after the final whistle, Dyer explained that while he was disappointed with the goal, his players could have killed the game off: “I’m gutted for Danny and I’m gutted for the team because we played well.
“I think we should have put the game to bed before half-time and when you don’t do that it gives them a chance to stay in the game. They’ve got an opportunity right at the death and it comes right for them and not for us.
“We did play well. The lads worked hard and played well and like I said we should have put the game to bed. But when you don’t do that you give the opposition a chance to get something out of the game but overall, we did alright, and we have four points out of the last six available.”
Despite the mistakes, Dyer does not want to hang his first-choice keeper out to dry: “We were comfortable, and he was comfortable, and everything that came his way he handled it until the last little bit.
“It comes down to decision making and I’m not a goalie or a goalie coach so what he would have done in that situation only he and the goalie coach will know about. Overall this season he has been very good for us and as I said, it’s maybe just a lack of judgement.”
Dyer and his players have another important game against Hamilton next time out and the Killie boss wants to continue building on performances in the last two games: “We’ve got to dust ourselves down and go again next week because we have another tough game against Hamilton, and we will look to put it right.
“It is another game unbeaten. We went five or six games without winning anything and we won in the week and we got a point here so we will take that and move on.”