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Eamonn Brophy & Mikey Devlin post Killie comments

Web interviewer Mark Gillespie caught up with scorer Eamonn Brophy and skipper Mikey Devlin after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock


You took your goal well. You had a chance just before that which just went wide?
Eamonn Brophy: “Yeah, that was much easier, especially on my good foot as well. But when you miss chances you just need to get out of your head as soon as you can and luckily the second one went in. Obviously I’m pleased, but today was all about getting the three points and we didn’t do that. But we can’t argue with the point in the end. We didn’t start too well but I thought we came back into it later in the second half, and I thought a point was a fair result for both teams.”

Were you a bit disappointed not to start? Or did you figure on back of a 3-0 win that he (manager) wasn’t going to (start you)?
EB: “No – I wasn’t expecting to start. Obviously during the week Rakish and Alex got one each so it’s only fair that they get the opportunity to play today. Unfortunately for Alex he came off injured and it allowed me to come on and make an impact. It gives the manager something to think about for the next game. That’s all I can keep doing.”

Have you been frustrated you haven’t made more starts this season?
EB: “Yeah. Everybody wants to play. I’m obviously coming up for 21 now and I want to look to get a run in the team. I just need to keep working hard in training and hopefully my time will come.”

Overall thoughts on game? Reasons for the slow start
MIKEY DEVLIN: “I’m not sure. I think firstly not enough players were performing to the level they expect of themselves and the manger expects. Perhaps our shape wasn’t quite right to begin with either. So on the first 30 minutes not enough of us were bang at it. That’s only the players’ fault, after the manager had changed the shape to a 4-3-3 which was great and gave us more of a platform to build on. We managed to do that and we took back a grip of the game.

Brophy took his goal well. You had a little assist?
MD: “Yeah it was a decent passing move. Just previously he had missed a chance, but I said to him right after to pick himself up, dust himself down and chances will come. He’s a great finisher, and he showed that. His second chance was probably harder. So we’re delighted for him.”

Good to be back in team? Back to 100% fitness wise?
MD: “Yeah it’s been a bit stop start, I had a few injuries earlier in season and then there was the suspension and I missed St Johnstone game. Feeling alright now and hopefully I can kick on now. I was part of defence problems today early on and I take my fair share of responsibility for that. It’s up to us and especially me as captain to figure out what’s going wrong and fix the problem. And I thought we came back into the game well in the end.”

Pass marks for week – 4 points from 6?
MD: “It’s been three games in a week for us, so it’s been tough. But we’re an ambitious bunch.  We want to push on, not just stay in the league. I don’t think anybody here is happy just staying in the league. But given the circumstances and how we started the game it wasn’t a bad point, but on another day Kilmarnock is the type of team we need to be taking three points from. We’re happy with 4 points and to be unbeaten in two at least.”

Cup match next week? Any change in mentality with cup football?
MD: “It can’t be. I think we’ve all learned our lessons from last year with Annan, probably one of the darkest days in the club’s history. It’s just another game to win. Dunfermline are going to be a tough prospect, they have a lot of good players who have played in the Premiership. But it’s a game we’re relishing and a great opportunity to get to a cup quarter final and give the fans a good run and something to get excited about”


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