MX23RW : Sunday, August 9 22:34:02| >> :600:32923063:32923063:
Jul 11, 2019 at 7pm UK at Deeside Stadium
Connah's QuayConnah's Quay Nomads
1-2
Kilmarnock
Taylor (75' og.)
FT(HT: 0-0)
Brophy (82' pen.), Findlay (90')

Angelo Alessio pleased with Kilmarnock character in first match as boss

Angelo Alessio pleased with Kilmarnock character in first match as boss
© Reuters
The Scottish side secured a 2-1 away win in the Europa League qualifier.

Angelo Alessio felt his players showed character after Kilmarnock came from behind to snatch victory over Welsh minnows Connah's Quay with two late goals.

The Italian was heading for an embarrassing defeat in his first match as Killie manager as the Nomads grabbed the lead in their Europa League qualifier at Rhyl after 75 minutes.

But the Ladbrokes Premiership side, who had dominated possession but struggled to break down their resilient hosts, rallied late on to secure a 2-1 win.

Eamonn Brophy levelled from the penalty spot eight minutes from time before Stuart Findlay headed the winner in stoppage time.

Alessio said: "We knew that it would be a tough game and it was. We were ready for this game. After their goal we had a good reaction, a big reaction and in the end we won the game.

"I watched a lot of games last season and I knew these players had great character. Today they showed this because it wasn't easy."

Connah's Quay played in the mould of their manager, the former Manchester City defender Andy Morrison. They sat deep and tackled hard, and Alessio admitted his side found it hard to impose themselves.

Alessio said: "They played their football in long passes. We play another football. It was difficult because they had 10 players behind the ball all game, but at the end of the game we came to win and we did.

"But this is only the first leg. We have to play another next week. We have to prepare well for the game because we didn't finish it here. I think we can play better."

The relief of Kilmarnock supporters, back in Europe for the first time in 18 years, was clear as they let off a flare after Brophy's equaliser.

Morrison felt defeat was harsh on his side after a determined effort.

"It's incredibly tough to take," he said. "We went toe to toe with them.

"Everything worked and they ran out of ideas. It took a couple of crazy decisions by us.

"The first one was the penalty that gave them a foothold back in the game.

"What's important then is you don't lose the game. We needed to show composure late on and we didn't. Small details cost you against good teams."

ID:364676:

Click here for more stories about Angelo Alessio

Click here for more stories about Connah's Quay Nomads

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Read Next:
Burnley to face Aberdeen in Europa League
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.
Read more about Angelo Alessio Football

rhs 2.0
Scottish Premiership
Belgian Pro League
Russian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Finnish Veikkausliiga
League of Ireland Premier
Serie B
Major League Soccer
Brasileiro
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Chinese Super League
J1 League
Belgian Cup
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Connah's Quay NomadsConnah's Quay26168247192856
2The New SaintsNew Saints26164669274252
3Bala TownBala Town26154753233049
4Barry Town UnitedBarry2512673529642
5Caernarfon TownCaernarfon26115103638-238
6Cardiff MUCardiff MU259883029135
7Druids25105103739-235
8Newtown AFCNewtown25105102530-535
9Aberystwyth TownAberystwyth2676133655-1927
10Pen-y-BontPen-y-Bont2556142948-1921
11Carmarthen TownCarmarthen2546152849-2118
12Airbus UK BroughtonAirbus UK2645172867-3917

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!