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March 12, 2018 2:28 pm Author: Malcolm Panton

Graeme Shinnie spoke to the RedMatchday editor on Monday.

“At this stage of the competition, no matter who it was or what game it was, it would be a massive fixture for us.

“The club have a chance to go to Hampden to get to a semi-final.

“We want to turn things around. We have not been playing to our full potential, so we want to get back to winning ways and there is no better game to do that than Tuesday.

“Kilmarnock are on a good run. There is no denying that. But we know that if we play at our full potential we have the chance of getting a positive result. It is up to us to go and do it.

“It is easy saying it. It is up to the players to go out and do it.

“We will need to be at our best on Tuesday. Every player will need to be at their best. But we know how good a team we can be on our day so confidence is still high amongst the squad despite the recent results.

“We have a reasonable record down there as well. That gives us a bit of confidence. It will be a good game, a good cup tie.

“I thought we did ok in the game on Saturday. First half we done well and dominated most of the possession and had a few chances. I should have scored mine. We had a few other opportunities that might have gone in and that would have changed the game completely.

“Goals change games.

“The first goal is always so crucial in any game.

“Goals also give you confidence and that is another reason why they change games. If we had scored during that first half period when we were well on top I think we would have gone from strength to strength.

“It is disappointing we did not create as many clear-cut chances in the second half. The conditions were not good and made it hard for both sets of players, especially our creative players. The pitch got worse as the game wore on, but we can’t use that as an excuse. We needed to be better at pressing on and better at trying to find that killer touch.

“The goals have dried up a bit of late, so we need to find our finishing touch again. But on the plus side defensively we are looking more solid and that is important going into Tuesday.

“As captain my job is an easy one on for a game like this. There will be no motivation needed. The boys will go in all guns blazing. We all know how big a game it is with the potential to get to another semi-final there for us.

“I fully understand that the fans are frustrated at the moment, but it is important they stay with us. We all need to pull together.

“We are desperate to get to a semi final for the supporters, as well as the management and the squad, the staff and the club as a whole. We all want that day out at Hampden and the chance to get to a cup final. We are all desperate to get through on Tuesday.”

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