Kilmarnock must be more clinical - Allan Johnston

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnstone urges his side on from the dugout. Picture: SNS
Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnstone urges his side on from the dugout. Picture: SNS
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kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston has told his players they have to start turning performances into victories ahead of their League Cup clash with Hamilton.

Johnston’s men followed two draws in games they had largely controlled with a 2-1 home defeat by Hibernian on Saturday, despite being deservedly ahead at half-time. Liam Craig twice capitalised on poor defending to leave Kilmarnock still looking for their first victory under Johnston ahead of the second-round tie at Rugby Park.

Johnston said: “Obviously we were disappointed but we can take a lot of confidence from the display.

“The negative part is losing goals and getting beaten. The goals we did lose were really soft and we have got to improve on that. We have got to be a bit more clinical in the final third.

“It’s important we start getting wins. It’s not good enough just having nice performances. You have got to turn them into results.”

Alex Neil’s Hamilton have had no problems getting wins as they sit on nine points after three games in the Championship.

Johnston said: “They are playing with a lot of confidence just now. They are top of the Championship for a good reason – they are playing good football, good attacking, scoring a lot of goals. We know it’s going to be a really hard game.

“They have got a lot of good players. I saw them a few weeks ago against Raith Rovers. They are really good in the middle of the park, play good football.

“They are really dangerous up front with the young boy (James) Keatings who was at Celtic. So we know how much of a threat it’s going to be.

“Hamilton have a good philosophy, the way they try to pass the ball. They have just continued that by bringing Alex in, and it’s paying off for them.”

Hamilton head to Kilmarnock with a three out of three record which put them at the summit of the Championship and player/manager Neil said: “We will travel to Kilmarnock pleased with how we have done this season. We have deserved our wins so far. However, this is a step up as we are facing Premiership opponents.

“They have not had the best run of results but there is no pressure on us to do anything.”

Neil will undergo a fitness test ahead of kick-off after being 
injured in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Queen of the South and Louis Longridge as well as Jonathan Routledge again miss out with knocks.