No. of Shots
Shots on Target
|Goals||Taylor 75 (OG)||
Brophy 82 (pen), Findlay 92
MacDonald, O'Donnell, Broadfoot, Findlay, Taylor, McKenzie, (El Makrini 61), Power, Dicker, Burke, Thomas, (Kiltie 78), Brophy
Subs Not Used: Branescu, Millen, Cameron, Wilson, Waters
Attendance: 1,410 (802 Killie)
Killie boss Angelo Alessio hailed his side's never say-die spirit after the Ayrshire men played their get out of jail free card.
The Italian marked his Killie managerial debut with a hard fought 2-1 Europa League comeback victory over Welsh minnows Connah's Quay Nomads at the Belle Vue Stadium in North Wales last night.
Greg Taylor's own goal 15 from minutes had put the Welsh Premier League side ahead and the Rugby Park side briefly flirting with disaster at the home of Rhyl FC.
However Scotland internationalist Eamonn Brophy fired home from the penalty spot on 81 minutes before defender Stuart Findlay completed the rescue act when bulleted a header from from Chris Burke's corner kick in the 93rd minute.
Angelo Alessio: "‘I knew it would be a tough game for us – and that’s how it worked out. The passion from my players and the reaction they showed after conceding the goal was very pleasing. It was key to us winning the game. My team is strong. We never give up. This is a big show in Europe and we knew it would be tough. I was not worried when they scored because we had all of the play. We were in control of the match with lots of possession. Even when they scored, I felt calm because I believe in my players. I know my players and I know the mental strength they have. It is not easy when your opponent plays with ten men behind the ball. We had two really good chances, but you have to say their goalkeeper made two very big important saves for them. In the last 15 minutes, their performance went down – and ours went up. I am happy and feel humbled because the Kilmarnock fans sang my name. They deserve this result for the support they gave the team. My players did well, but now we must to continue to prepare for next week".
Stuart Findlay: "It would have been very easy for us at 1-0 to say ‘it is a bad night at the office’ and take it back but I think we’ve taken what he had last season into this one, which is unbelievable resilience. We’ll be the first to admit we didn’t play our best football tonight but it is our first European tie, the first one for nearly 20 years so it’s a victory and it’s all we could have asked for. The goal they got tonight was probably a picture-perfect representation of the way the game went tonight. The amount of late goals we scored last season; this team never knows when it is beaten."
Eamonn Brophy: "It was difficult, Connah’s made things hard for us. To go one-nil down was tough, but the boys showed great character to come back and get the result at the end. Last season we came back from 1-0 down quite a lot, so we always knew we had it in us to get back into the game. Hopefully we can do the job next week and look ahead to the next tie. "There was quite a bit of pressure for that one against Rangers, but then all penalties are. I was able to step up and hit the back of the net, which is always good."
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