Cillian Sheridan has targeted more goals after netting on his Kilmarnock home debut.
Kilmarnock overcame a difficult opening to defeat St Mirren 3-1 in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter. Sheridan opened the scoring when he glanced home Danny Racchi’s pinpoint delivery in the 26th minute and James Fowler doubled the lead 12 minutes into the second half. A wonderful individual effort by James Dayton on the hour added to St Mirren’s misery and despite Paul McGowan’s deflected consolation, the hosts held on to claim their second SPL win of the season.
“It’s always good to get your first goal and it’s a weight off my shoulders,” said Sheridan. “My aim is to score in every game I play and I feel I have settled in well here. I don’t know if I can claim an assist for the second. Danny [Racchi] fired the ball across and it hit me as I tried to adjust. The finish from James [Fowler] was excellent.
“Sometimes you won’t play too well and get a result. I felt last week we played well enough to get something from the game but didn’t get anything.”
After signing a two-year deal with Killie, Sheridan believes he will benefit from a chance to settle. Kilmarnock became Sheridan’s fourth SPL side when he joined from CSKA Sofia earlier this month. “I’ve had to get used to settling into new sides. What I need is a bit of stability,” added Sheridan. “Last season with St Johnstone was as close to a full season as I’ve had with a club and I would like to build on that now.”
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon believes tomorrow night’s Scottish Communities League Cup clash with Hamilton is a perfect chance for his side to get over their weekend disappointment. The Paisley side controlled proceedings for much of the first half but were unable to find a killer touch in front of goal.
“I’m really grateful we have a cup tie against Hamilton on Tuesday and the opportunity to bounce back from our disappointment,” said Lennon.
“Bouncing back is something that we have always done after poor results and a big challenge awaits. The hard work begins now and we’ll be ready to make up for the Kilmarnock result come Tuesday night.”