Alessio praises Kilmarnock’s reaction to falling behind against Connah’s Quay

Published by MyBettingDeals

July 11, 2019 10:30 pm

Angelo Alessio felt his players showed character after Kilmarnock came from behind to snatch victory over Welsh minnows Connah’s Quay with two late goals.

The Italian was heading for an embarrassing defeat in his first match as Killie manager as the Nomads grabbed the lead in their Europa League qualifier at Rhyl after 75 minutes.

But the Ladbrokes Premiership side, who had dominated possession but struggled to break down their resilient hosts, rallied late on to secure a 2-1 win.

Eamonn Brophy levelled from the penalty spot eight minutes from time before Stuart Findlay headed the winner in stoppage time.

Alessio said: “We knew that it would be a tough game and it was. We were ready for this game. After their goal we had a good reaction, a big reaction and in the end we won the game.

“I watched a lot of games last season and I knew these players had great character. Today they showed this because it wasn’t easy.”

Connah’s Quay played in the mould of their manager, the former Manchester City defender Andy Morrison. They sat deep and tackled hard, and Alessio admitted his side found it hard to impose themselves.

Alessio said: “They played their football in long passes. We play another football. It was difficult because they had 10 players behind the ball all game, but at the end of the game we came to win and we did.

“But this is only the first leg. We have to play another next week. We have to prepare well for the game because we didn’t finish it here. I think we can play better.”

The relief of Kilmarnock supporters, back in Europe for the first time in 18 years, was clear as they let off a flare after Brophy’s equaliser.

Morrison felt defeat was harsh on his side after a determined effort.

“It’s incredibly tough to take,” he said. “We went toe to toe with them.

“Everything worked and they ran out of ideas. It took a couple of crazy decisions by us.

“The first one was the penalty that gave them a foothold back in the game.

“What’s important then is you don’t lose the game. We needed to show composure late on and we didn’t. Small details cost you against good teams.”

Blind concedes to tame Dutch cup victory party due to focus on Spurs

Published by MyBettingDeals

More News

Eddie Jones expecting Six Nations tournament to be brutal
Eddie Jones expecting Six Nations tournament to be brutal

Eddie Jones has warned that England may be broke off the field but will be brutal on it in their…

Sol Campbell welcomes VAR but says it has come too late to help him and England
Sol Campbell welcomes VAR but says it has come too late to help him and England

Sol Campbell won three FA Cups, two Premier League titles and 73 caps in a distinguished playing career, but he…

Hamilton ramps up pressure on team-mate Bottas as title race hots up
Hamilton ramps up pressure on team-mate Bottas as title race hots up

Lewis Hamilton has ramped up the pressure on Valtteri Bottas by challenging him to prove his championship credentials.Hamilton heads into…

England vs New Zealand: Morgan’s men to secure semi-final spot
England vs New Zealand: Morgan’s men to secure semi-final spot

England dealt with the pressure of their must-win clash against India on Sunday with a dominant 31-run victory at Edgbaston.But…

Benitez and Ashley poised for talks
Benitez and Ashley poised for talks

Rafael Benitez is due to meet Newcastle owner Mike Ashley over the next 48 hours in a bid to decide…

Robshaw and Care left out of England’s World Cup training squad
Robshaw and Care left out of England’s World Cup training squad

Senior internationals Chris Robshaw and Danny Care have been left out of England’s first World Cup training squad.The Harlequins pair,…

Fury: WBO heavyweight title could be up for grabs on Saturday night
Fury: WBO heavyweight title could be up for grabs on Saturday night

Tyson Fury claims Saturday’s fight with Tom Schwarz could yet be for the WBO heavyweight title so recently lost by…

Jordan Pickford urges England to use semi-final defeats as motivation
Jordan Pickford urges England to use semi-final defeats as motivation

Jordan Pickford wants successive semi-final heartbreaks for England to pave the way for Euro 2020 glory.Defensive errors were the main…

Cottagers showing quality at last, says Parker
Cottagers showing quality at last, says Parker

Fulham caretaker-manager Scott Parker has challenged his side to go to Wolves and prove their Premier League campaign was not…

Hamilton dominant, Vettel despondent – 5 talking points ahead of the Canadian GP
Hamilton dominant, Vettel despondent – 5 talking points ahead of the Canadian GP

The Formula One paddock heads across the Atlantic for this week’s Canadian Grand Prix.Lewis Hamilton will arrive in Montreal with…

The Open day two: Lowry shares halfway lead as McIlroy fightback falls short
The Open day two: Lowry shares halfway lead as McIlroy fightback falls short

Irish star Shane Lowry so nearly secured the lead all to himself at The Open, but had to be content…

Fernando Torres – a career in pictures
Fernando Torres – a career in pictures

Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is set to call time on his 18-year playing career.The 35-year-old made his…

FIFA apologises after Women’s World Cup ticket backlash
FIFA apologises after Women’s World Cup ticket backlash

FIFA has apologised for tweets regarding ticketing for the forthcoming Women’s World Cup that were “published without a full understanding…

Neil Lennon talks up his Celtic players after yet another treble
Neil Lennon talks up his Celtic players after yet another treble

Neil Lennon described his Celtic side as “immortal” after clinching an unprecedented domestic triple treble with a 2-1 William Hill…

Footballers pay respects at Justin Edinburgh memorial service
Footballers pay respects at Justin Edinburgh memorial service

Figures from the world of football joined Justin Edinburgh’s family, friends and supporters on Tuesday to remember the late Leyton…

Hodgkinson vows to invest in next part of Huddersfield’s journey
Hodgkinson vows to invest in next part of Huddersfield’s journey

Huddersfield’s prospective new chairman Phil Hodgkinson insists he has the personal wealth to build on Dean Hoyle’s legacy.Current owner Hoyle,…

Ramos considering calling time on Panenka spot-kicks as Real beat Girona 4-2
Ramos considering calling time on Panenka spot-kicks as Real beat Girona 4-2

Sergio Ramos admitted his famous ‘Panenka’ penalties may be numbered despite scoring another in Real Madrid’s 4-2 win over Girona…

Blind concedes to tame Dutch cup victory party due to focus on Spurs
Blind concedes to tame Dutch cup victory party due to focus on Spurs

Ajax defender Daley Blind says his side’s cup final win celebrations at the weekend were “timid” owing to the gravity…