Kil­marnock have mojo back, de­clares Hig­gin­botham

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL - GRAEME MCGARRY

TWO home defeats in the space of three days may not usu­ally be seen as a sure sign of progress, but then again it all de­pends on the con­text of those re­sults.

For Kal­lum Hig­gin­botham and his Kil­marnock team-mates, the frus­tra­tion of nar­row defeats to Hearts and Hamil­ton last week are com­fort­ing sig­nals of im­prove­ment to add to their vic­to­ries over Dundee United and St John­stone in their pre­vi­ous two games, par­tic­u­larly when com­pared to earl­y­sea­son shel­lack­ings at the hands of Dundee and Ross County.

He said: “If you were watch­ing the per­for­mances over the last four weeks com­pared to the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, you can see a mas­sive im­prove­ment in how we’re play­ing,” he said.

“We should re­ally be win­ning at home, es­pe­cially when you go in 1-0 up at half-time, but we’ve not won, so we need to dust our­selves down and go again next week at Tynecas­tle.

“I wouldn’t say our con­fi­dence is frag­ile. I think our con­fi­dence has im­proved a lot over the last cou­ple of weeks, but tak­ing a de­feat on Wed­nes­day and los­ing again is a blow.

“We know what kind of qual­ity we’ve got in the dress­ing room, but we still need to be work­ing hard be­cause that’s where it starts. First and fore­most you’ve got to match the op­po­si­tion that you’re play­ing against with work-rate, es­pe­cially Hamil­ton as that’s what they’re based on, and all credit to them for that, but we’re dis­ap­pointed we’ve not come away with the three points. We’re at home, and I think we’ve had enough chances to win the game.

“No dis­re­spect to Hamil­ton, they played well, but I would say we had the bet­ter of the chances on the day and on another day we go and win the game.

“It’s hap­pened too many times this sea­son al­ready, and it’s still only early on in the sea­son, so we need to pick it up

“It shouldn’t take us to go be­hind to start play­ing again. When we were al­ready 1-0 up we should have been con­fi­dent enough to come out in the sec­ond-half and try to get that sec­ond goal.”

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