spl news

Killie boss Calderwood still fuming after Hearts loss

April 12, 2010

Kilmarnock manager Jimmy Calderwood has warned he will jettison many of the side who lost to Hearts on Saturday in favour of players he feels he can "trust''.

Calderwood has lost patience after a run of seven defeats in eight games in all competitions and had promised to shake things up against Hamilton this weekend in a bid to drag his side away from the relegation mire.

Killie are just one point above improving basement club Falkirk and 11th-placed St Mirren with the five post-split fixtures to come - three of which are away to Aberdeen, the Accies and St Mirren, a particular area of concern for Calderwood.

He told the club's Kicktalk podcast: "You can see why we're down there - our away form is, to say the least, dreadful.

"We're in a dogfight and there are too many players losing individual battles. We've got to get back to the drawing board and we need players that are going to fight for this club.

"They might be lesser footballers but you know what you're getting, and we need players we can trust, that are going to get on that park at Hamilton and give us everything.''

Suso Santana scored the only goal for Hearts, his fifth of the season, and is bidding to finish the campaign on a high after admitting he lost his way recently when his wife was in the final stages of pregnancy.

He said: "I have been playing well and it's pleasing. There was a time when I was not playing as well as I should have been and that coincided with the time my wife was pregnant.

"But since my baby girl was born, everything has been great and it's pleasing that my game is coming along.''