Following Saints’ Scottish Cup Fourth Round exit to Kilmarnock, Captain Dave Mackay spoke of his disappointment after the defeat.

“It’s a hard one to take, always is when you get put out of a cup but to be put out at the first hurdle is really disappointing.

“Probably with the chances we created, we probably should have got a replay out of it but we just never took any of the chances.

“I think our first half performance just wasn’t quite good enough and we lost an early goal and we just never really settled. Coming in at half time, we knew we had to improve a lot in the second half to get anything out of it and we did improve but maybe just not quite enough”.

The Defender was left fuming after he was pulled back by a Killie player in the box but the Referee waved away the penalty claims.

“David Wotherspoon has played me in and I made a run inside the full back and centre half, and one of them has come across and clearly grabbed me with his arm across my body. I said to the Ref: ‘Do I have to dive to get a penalty?’ If that is outside the box then I get a free kick, I know the Referee is going to give that. It’s disappointing because if I throw myself to the ground then you look stupid for diving but it is a clear pull back and it’s a penalty I think”.

‘Cuptie’ has mainly played at Centre-back this season but for the cup game he was moved to play at Right-back with Joe Shaughnessy playing in the centre of defence.

“The manager just wanted to mix it up a little bit, just in certain games it might be better to switch it around a little bit. I don’t have any problem playing there or in the middle, I think as long as you’re playing and hopefully contributing”.

The pitch was deemed playable by Kevin Clancy at a nine o’clock pitch inspection after last week’s game against Aberdeen was postponed.

“It’s difficult to play out there today, the pitch was extremely poor. It was nothing to do with the groundsman, it was just the horrendous weather this area has had in the last week or two. Obviously we wanted to get this game on but there were parts of the pitch that were just so soft and soggy, they (Kilmarnock) seemed to deal with it a little bit better than us and it seemed to play to their strengths a little bit more.

“You know in the cup games you obviously only get one chance at it and we’re disappointed to go out at such an early stage again as we did last year. Now we just have to concentrate on our league form and the league cup semi-final to look forward to.\"

interview by Nick Drummond-Hay

St. Johnstone's next match is at home to Hamilton Academical on Saturday 16th January with a 3pm kick off.