PEDRO CAIXINHA gave the following reaction to this evening’s 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock.
Asked for his thoughts on the game, he said: “Watching it from upstairs, I think we saw two different halves. The team in the first half tried to do the things in the way the players were getting the dynamics.
“We had to make an early substitution with Dorrans coming out, and the structure and dynamic in the middle we had to change too. We lost a bit more presence and build-up in the middle, but added more presence in the box.
“I think we had two or three chances, including the goal, which we scored in the first half, and in the second half, the boys tried to do the same. I remember a very good chance from Herrera in that moment, but after that as we did not have the second goal, the boys got a little bit anxious and had one or two situations with bad decisions which gave a little bit motivation to Kilmarnock to get in the game.
“Suddenly, when it looked like everything was going to end 2-0 with the penalty, we missed the penalty, the ball was in play after that and we conceded a goal. Sometimes in football, you cannot find an explanation for that, and that is what happened today which dictated the final result.”
On Ryan Jack’s red card, he added: “I saw some sort of involvement of the players. I didn’t have a clear view and was focussed on Daniel to score and to kick the penalty, so I didn’t see anything from a distance.”
And if his side responded well enough to the blow of missing the penalty, he continued: “They tried with the time that was still available to play, but it was difficult. We just had one situation after that in order to take the ball to the opponents box.”
Graham Dorrans had to be substituted early in the game, but Caixinha doesn’t yet have an update on the midfielder’s condition.
He said: “No, I haven’t been to speak to the doctor yet. We think maybe it is a strain on the ankle, so we need to check it and confirm it. Now, we have the possibility of not having Jack and not having Dorrans, so that means it is going to be a completely new midfield on Saturday.”
And on whether he got a reaction from his side following the defeat to Motherwell on Sunday, he explained: “I feel that the boys tried. It was not the best game of football for sure, but I think they tried and we had a few chances if the ball gets there and we score a second goal where things would be different and we could play with much more confidence.
“Unfortunately things didn’t go that way. We needed the second goal to kill the game, we didn’t score it and we conceded just after.”