Tommy Wright won’t throw the likes of Arsenal loanee Zech Medley to the wolves – instead the Kilmarnock manager says the team as a whole must improve defensively.

Killie won 3-1 against Montrose on Saturday to secure a Scottish Cup quarter-final spot with St Mirren. The likes of Arsenal loanee Medley made mistakes as Montrose were allowed opportunities back into the match but Kilmarnock held on.

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The Kilmarnock boss has defended Arsenal loanee Medley after mistakes in the weekend’s Scottish Cup fourth round win over League One Montrose. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rather than comment on individuals, Wright called for a team effort when asked about the Arsenal loanee: “It’s a good result. At times we could have played better. We were a bit loose particularly in the second half. But the main thing is that we got the job done and credit has to go to the players.

“At times we were a bit loose and gave them opportunities to try to get back in the game, that obviously didn’t please me. I don’t think anyone in the team could say they played to their maximum ability. There were far too many mistakes throughout the team. We gave them opportunities in one v ones and if you give that to Lawrence Shankland it might be a different story.

“Or Mark McNulty or Nicky Clark, so we have got to do better. The main thing is we’re through to the next round. But we’re also honest enough to pick little bones in our performance because only by doing that do you get any better. Overall though, it’s a decent performance and a good result.”

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