Kilmarnock gaffer Derek McInnes praises ‘grown up’ second half response as side seal epic comeback

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Derek McInnes praised his Kilmarnock side’s ‘grown up’ performance as they produced a stunning comeback to net five times in 18 second half minutes and strengthen their European hopes with a 5-2 win over St Mirren. Coming off a disappointing Scottish Cup exit last weekend, the hosts were struggling an in danger of allowing the Paisley outfit to build a four point lead over them as first half goals from Charles Dunne and Mikael Mandron – both from Greg Kiltie corners – had Saints 2-0 up. Killie started the second half better but there was no sign of the mayhem about to ensue. The ball got rolling when Kyle Vassell bundled home just after the hour mark with Danny Armstrong equalising four minutes later from the spot. A wonderful Marley Watkins header on 68 minutes sent Killie in front – and Rugby Park into raptures. And there was still time for some more as Vassell got in behind the defence to slam home no.4 before David Watson strode up the park and tolled the ball into the far corner for the pick of the bunch. The win takes Kilmarnock above their opponents in the table and all but secures top six football with a delighted McInnes saying: “It was big game, you saw the crowd and that was recognition of the season both clubs have had. It felt like a proper cup tie and we were second best for the opening half an hour. “There was loads wrong and sometimes you just need half-time to reset and give you a wee reminder of what you actually want to do. The response was terrific. I’ve got proper men in there, it was a grown up performance. “Two goals down at home, the crowd getting a bit antsy, everyone’s disappointed and frustrated with what was going on in the first half, and the players stood up and met the responsibility.” He added: “Once we got one, I felt there was another in us and then when we got two as well, but to get five is obviously fantastic work. It was a brilliant second half for us and a great day for the club. It’s not secured top six, but it’s taken a huge step towards it. “We’ve got not only good players, but brilliant professionals and proper good lads. They’re tight in the dressing room and good pals off it and I think you see that. You don’t do what you did in the second half without that.” Read next: Ayr cinema opening date unveiled as blockbusters back in town for Easter McDonald’s announce plans for new £4 million restaurant in Ayrshire town ‘I’m starving to death on NHS waiting list’ Gran begs for surgery after cancelled ops Terminally ill nurse, 49, set to marry partner after devastating cancer diagnosis Post box to heaven launched by Ayrshire funeral directors in memory of precious tot Don’t miss the latest Ayrshire headlines –sign up to our free daily newsletter

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