Mark Gillespie spoke with Ali Crawford after his late equaliser for us at Kilmarnock on Saturday:
To come back from 2-0 down without a focal point up front and a makeshift attack, it was a good day for you today.
“Yes, it was due to Rakish’s reaction during the week when he got injured in training. So, the boys that came in put a great shift in and the substitutes put a great shift in too, it’s a great result coming from 2-0 down and a fantastic start to the season for us.”
Was there a turning point when you thought this might happen today?
“Yes, when the first goal goes in. It gave us all a lift and you can see them kind of deflate a bit and that gave us a boost to go on and fight for something and thankfully I managed to put the penalty away for a point.”
You probably didn’t want to mess up after doing so well at Hibs. That happens a lot in football, you obviously didn’t want to follow suit?
“The gaffer was harping on at training during the week, for us to keep focused and to maintain the way we played in the previous couple of games. It wasn’t the best of starts going 1-0 down with just three minutes played but we fought to the end and showed a never say die attitude and we thankfully got a point from it.”
How did you feel going up to take that penalty?
“I actually had a look around to see if the normal penalty takers were there, so I took it upon myself to grab the ball, put it down and confidently put it away. I had missed a few before in previous years, so to put it away was great.”
Does Ioannis Skondras score many like that in training?
“He scored one at the end of last season that was even better! That was from the edge of the box against Dundee. He is capable of it and the way we play allows the wing backs to get up get involved in the box. Scott the other wing back put the ball in for Ioannis to score. It’s pleasing to see that the formation is working and the fight is always there.”