STEVE CLARKE insists he is not concerned with his Kilmarnock slow-starters.

The Ayrshire club’s boss saw his team go behind for the sixth successive match when Hamilton Accies grabbed an early lead through Dougie Imrie in the 1-1 draw at Rugby Park.

Rory McKenzie hit the leveller before the interval that gave Clarke’s men the point that hoisted them to second in the Premiership, one ahead of champions Celtic who have a game in hand.

The Killie gaffer, with his side securing their 13th point from their last five games, said: “Sometimes you get a run of things like that and you lose consecutive goals. We’ve lost free-kick goals in our last two matches, too.

“These things happen, it’s how you deal with them.

“Hamilton were good. They got the game the way they wanted because we didn’t impose ourselves enough. At the end of the day, it’s probably a decent point for us.

“If you had said to me five games ago we’d have 20 points and be second in the league then I would have taken that.”

Accies Head Coach Martin Canning added: “Killie are a good side who are doing a lot of things right and we knew it was going to be difficult to come here and get a point.

“Our effort and application was spot on.

“We knew they would put us under pressure at times. They’re playing with confidence and have that belief that they’re going to win and score goals.

“We handled the defensive side of the game very well which I’m pleased about.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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