St Mirren 1-0 Kilmarnock: Killie win could be vital, says Gary Locke

Kilmarnock players celebrating
Killie's players celebrate their late winner

Kilmarnock interim manager Gary Locke feels the 1-0 win over St Mirren may prove vital to the Ayrshire side's chances of finishing in the Scottish Premiership's top six.

Lee Miller came off the bench to score his first Killie goal with only a few minutes left, leaving the hosts a point behind seventh-place Dundee and the Buddies rooted to the bottom of the table.

"We had to win today," said Locke.

"We have had a run of draws but they've all been away from home.

"We're certainly not getting carried away but we've given ourselves a better chance of getting in the top six by winning today.

"There wasn't a lot in the game. Both sides had chances. I was a wee bit disappointed with the way we started the game.

"Second half, there wasn't a lot between the sides but I was delighted to get the goal when we did.

"We have been playing well lately but today we didn't start the game on the front foot and sometimes that can be difficult.

St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin
St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin looks dejected at full-time

"But, to be fair to the players, enormous credit to them again. They responded really well."

The result continued Locke's unbeaten run since taking over from Allan Johnston at Rugby Park.

"It's not about me, it's about the players," he insisted.

"The players have been fantastic since I've been put in interim charge.

"I couldn't be happier with the players, their effort and commitment has been fantastic. They're the ones that are getting us results."

St Mirren boss Gary Teale said: "I'm extremely disappointed in the goal that we conceded. I think we can defend better

"There's a lot of positives we can take as well. I felt we had enough chances in the game. We could maybe have gone home with three points but to come home with nothing's hard to take.

"When you have got that dominance, you've got to capitalise on that, certainly in the position we're in at this moment in time.

"If we're not taking our chances, we're always liable for that sucker-punch and I think we got that today with three minutes to go, which was very disappointing."

Asked if he was confident he could get the Buddies out of their current predicament, Teale responded: "Definitely."