Killie boss Clark: Keep up with the Jones

By CHRIS DOYLE

Kilmarnock manager, Lee Clark has praised Jordan Jones for his outstanding performance in their 2-0 victory over Dundee on Saturday.

The 22-year-old midfielder who signed for Kilmarnock at the beginning of the season put in a man of the match performance including setting up his side’s first goal.

When asked if Jones is living up to his potential, Clark said: “Absolutely. I believe I can get more out of him, I believe I can add goals to his game. I think if we can do that we’ll have a hell of a player on our hands. He’s starting to use his assets in the right way.”

Jones was a constant threat down the left side for Killie as he terrorised the Dundee defence and right-back, Cammy Kerr.

Jones had a hand in his team’s first goal with one of his few mazy runs before cutting in on his right foot and unleashing a shot that broke to Rory McKenzie, who curled his effort post and in past the helpless Scott Bain.

Clark believes the performances he is getting from his new arrivals, including Jones is a result of his team’s Betfred Cup campaign even though it was a disappointing one.

“I’ve just said to the lads in the dressing room, it wasn’t a great feeling at the time, but our Betfred Cup campaign was the best thing that happened to us. It gave the new signings an insight to what the game is like up here.”

Clark is delighted with his team’s performance on Saturday and the way his side is playing at the moment:

“Our consistency in the last few weeks, take away the performance at Ibrox, the last 6 or 7 games the performances have been really high. Even in defeat, we’ve showed a terrific level of performance in the last game against Celtic”

“We’ve only conceded five in our last seven games and three of those were at Ibrox so we’re starting to make ourselves hard to beat, but we’ve also got a goal threat. We scored two today, but probably could have scored more in all honesty.”

With the victory over Dundee, Kilmarnock have climbed to 6th in the league table, but the Killie boss knows that can easily change with the league being so tight in the bottom half:

“The league is crazy. We know the league is going to swing about every weekend really because we know the league is so tight. I’ve said it many times, this month is huge for us all.”

And things do not get any bigger than a trip to Pittodrie on Tuesday night as Kilmarnock face Aberdeen as they look to build on their dominant display from Saturday.

 

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