PREVIEW | Kilmarnock v Saints

We head to Rugby Park tomorrow in our final match before the league split as Tommy Wright and his players look to make it back-to-back victories this weekend.

Standing in our way is a Kilmarnock side battling for a European spot in what will be the third meeting between the clubs this season.

Saints haven't registered a victory over Steve Clarke's men yet in this campaign having lost 2-0 on the opening day in Ayrshire before a goalless draw at McDiarmid Park in November.

Looking ahead to tomorrow's match, the manager says he hopes his players can build on the midweek victory over Dundee.

"Wednesday should give us confidence," Tommy said, "it was a good response to what was a disappointing end to the Motherwell game.

"The players bounced back from the downer of not making the top six and put in a good performance.

"It's going to be a difficult game tomorrow against a good Kilmarnock side. They play a simple but effective style of football. They don't overcomplicate things.

"They're having a great season and Steve's done an excellent job once again. They're strong at home and very difficult to beat but we can take confidence from the Dundee win and we'll be ready to go again looking for a win."

The manager says he's hoping for more of the same from his players and wants to see them finish the campaign strongly to be 'best of the rest'.

"I asked them the other night to go out there and play with a smile on their faces," he said.

"I asked for energy and high tempo and for them to get the ball forward quickly. We were positive in our play and I think when we play like that we're at our best.

"It was an open game but I expected that against a Dundee team fighting for their lives. We coped with it well and controlled large parts of the game.

"It's really important for the players not to let this season drift away. Some of them are playing for contracts and their are others who have been waiting for their chance to show what they can do.

"Players like Callum Hendry have come in and he'll be wanting to do well so he can keep his place in the side. Everybody wants to finish 7th and if we do it's an improvement on last year.

"We want to finish strongly and make sure we keep ourselves above Motherwell and Livingston. Finishing seventh is important not only to be best of the rest but also for the financial reward that comes with finishing higher up the league table."

In terms of his team selection for tomorrow, the manager insists the artificial surface won't determine his starting line-up and he may also be able to add Blair Alston to his matchday squad after injury.

"Of course you take the pitch into consideration," Tommy said, "but most of the players don't have any problems playing on it.

"The pitch won't determine who I pick and we need to make sure everybody's fresh and ready to go again.

"On the injury front David Wotherspoon is making good progress and I would expect to have him back in full training by the end of next week.

"Blair's made tremendous progress and has trained for the past two days. Providing he's come through unscathed today he'll be added to the squad tomorrow."


Tomorrow's match is a 3PM kick-off at Rugby Park and the match will be shown LIVE on Saints TV.

Overseas subscribers will receive coverage from Kilmarnock TV, while UK/Ireland subscribers will get Audio Only coverage with Gary Henderson and co-commentator David Wotherspoon.