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We're all playing for our futures, admits Boyd

May 7, 2014

derek miller; derek miller kilmarnock v st mirren

AT A stage of the season when so many players are wondering whether they might be wearing the colours of their club for the last time, Kris Boyd has encouraged his Kilmarnock team-mates to go into their pivotal match with St Mirren tonight with that exact mindset.

Kilmarnock have entered a slump at the worst possible time with four consecutive Scottish Premiership defeats leaving them in the play-off place with two matches left.

St Mirren visit Rugby Park with the pressure lifted after Kilmarnock's 5-0 defeat by Hearts on Sunday ensured the Paisley club's safety. But the heat is very much on the home side as they bid to move off 11th place ahead of Saturday's trip to Easter Road, with Allan Johnston's future as manager also up in the air.

Boyd, who is out of contract in the summer, said: "We have proved this season that we can beat the teams round about us.

"The last few weeks we know ourselves have not been good enough but a couple of weeks before that we went to Motherwell and beat a team that's been in the top three all season.

"So we know we can do it and it's up to us to put everything into the game as if it might be the last game of football for Kilmarnock. In reality that's what it could be for a few. If we end up in that play-off position it could end up in cuts for the club.

"It's not nice but it's up to us, we know if we win our two games we'll be safe. But talk is cheap sometimes, the hard work is on the pitch."

The 30-year-old has been invaluable for Kilmarnock this season with his 20 league goals and he knows he and other experienced team- mates have to lead by example.

"We've a lot of youngsters and nine times out of 10 you learn from the bad things," the former Rangers striker said. "When you're doing things well, you think the world's your oyster, you can do whatever you want.

"It's not until something happens, that you get yourself into a position that you need to win games, that you really learn. The youngsters have never been in this position and we don't want to be in this position but the reality is we are.

"We need to be braver on the ball and take the ball in areas where we can start hurting the opposition."

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Source: Herald, The (Scotland)

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