Kilmarnock go in search of first win of season at Dundee United on Saturday afternoon.
Killie have managed just three draws from the opening eight rounds of fixtures in the 2013/14 Scottish Premier League season
, but there were signs of progress in their 5-2 defeat at home to Celtic last weekend. And under-fire Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston believes manager Allan Johnston will turn the club's fortunes round in time.
There were wholesale changes to the squad during the summer, with the likes of Darren Barr, Ismael Bouzid, Sean Clohessy, Mark Stewart, Kyle Jacobs, David Silva and Barry Nicholson joining the club and evidently the transition period has taken longer than was hoped for. Johnston told reporters this week:
"It’s been a difficult introduction for Allan and Sandy Clark. Issues with Kenny Shiels’ departure also haven’t made things easy for them.
"I know results haven’t been great but things can turn around quickly."
Kilmarnock come into the clash third from bottom in the standings with only three points on the board, but Johnston is optimistic nonetheless. He added:
"I remember under Mixu Paatelainen we made a slow start and were in danger of going bottom of the league until we unexpectedly beat Hearts 3-0 at Tynecastle.
"We then went on a run that saw us clinch a top-six place, so that shows what can happen."
Dundee United meanwhile, warmed up for the weekend encounter with a 0-0 draw against Hearts at Tynecastle last time out, a result that didn't sit too well with
manager Jackie McNamara who called for more clinical finishing from his charges.
The former Celt told BBC Sport:
"It was two dropped for me.
"I'm disappointed with our final decisions in the last third, we were a bit careless at times."
United are currently sixth in the table on 10 points, nine adrift of leaders Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
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