PREVIEW | Kilmarnock v Saints

Rugby Park is the destination tomorrow night as Saints face Kilmarnock in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Tommy Wright's men will be looking to put the disappointment of Saturday's defeat to Motherwell behind them against Angelo Alessio's side who currently sit in 5th place in the table.

It's a 7:45PM kick-off in Ayrshire tomorrow night.


TEAM NEWS

Saints remain without the suspended duo of Murray Davidson and Callum Hendry for the trip to Rugby Park tomorrow as the pair serve the last of their two game bans.

Liam Gordon played 45 minutes for the Reserves in Monday's Reserve Cup match against Killie and although Saturday came too soon for the big defender he is in contention for selection on Wednesday night.

The Manager has no other fresh injury concerns ahead of the match.


PRESS CONFERENCE

The Manager: "The result on Saturday was disappointing and defensively we just weren't good enough in terms of dealing with the balls into the box.

"I actually thought we started the game well and after 20 minutes the Motherwell supporters were actually starting to get agitated. Then they score from their first good ball into the box and we find ourselves chasing the game again.

"You can't win football matches if you don't compete and don't win your 1v1 battles in the box.

"We're bottom at the minute but as we've already seen a couple of results can make the entire picture look different.

"That should give the players confidence knowing that we've been on a bad run but we're not detached and we're just three points off 7th place in the table.

"Killie have done well. They've got a solid base and they're always difficult to beat at Rugby Park. They bring the pitch in at home making it shorter and narrower. That makes them even more difficult to break down.

"So we know it's going to be a tough game but one we're capable of coming away with a positive result from."

Stevie May: "Obviously Saturday didn't go to plan for us but I thought in stages we played some nice stuff.

"Overall there is a lot to improve on though especially as a team defensively. There's not time to dwell on it because we've got to now look ahead to the Kilmarnock match.

"It's not been going our way at the moment and we need to all work together to do all we can to get off the bottom of the table.

"We saw before what a few wins can do in terms of our league position so that's what we'll be looking to do. There is not a lot between the teams in the bottom half of the table - it's very tight.

"I've not been surprised with how Kilmarnock have done because they've been strong for a few seasons now. They're always hard to beat and they have a strong foundation to their squad as well as a lot of quality.

"It'll be a tough one but we've got the ability in our squad to go there and get all three points."


SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Saints supporters will be able to buy tickets tomorrow night from the old fitness centre on Rugby Road. Tickets will be on sale from 6:45PM and it's cash only.

Ticket prices for the match are as follows:

  • Adults - £22
  • Over 65s / U21 / Students - £17
  • U16s - £5

Away supporters will be accommodated in the Chadwick Stand at Rugby Park.

There are still seats on the McDiarmid Park Supporters' Bus for the match. The bus departs at 4:30PM. Adults £10, Over 65s / U16s £8.

Call 01738 459090 to book.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Tomorrow night's match is the 156th meeting between the two clubs in all competition and it's Killie who have the upper hand overall.

The Ayrshire outfit have won 76 times compared to 46 Saints victories. The fixture has ended all square on 33 occasions.

There have been six Kilmarnock managers since the summer of 2013 when Tommy Wright took the reigns at McDiarmid Park and in that time it's the Rugby Park side who boast the better record.

Tommy has recorded 7 victories against Kilmarnock as manager compared to 11 defeats. The other three matches ended in draws.

The last time Saints won at Rugby Park was back in August 2017. David Wotherspoon and Michael O'Halloran were the goalscorers that day in a 2-1 victory.


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WATCH: Exclusive interviews with The Manager and Jason Holt on Saints TV ahead of Wednesday night's match.