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Lee Clark praises Souleymane Coulibaly after striker inspires win

Kilmarnock bounced back from two goals down to defeat Berwick Rangers.

Comeback: Clark was disappointed with the first-half performance.
Comeback: Clark was disappointed with the first-half performance. SNS Group

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark singled out Souleymane Coulibaly for praise after the forward starred in his side's 3-2 win over Berwick Rangers in the Betfred Cup.

The Premiership side looked to be on the end of a shock when goals from Jonny Fairbairn and Sean Mackie saw them trailing 2-0 after 55 minutes but Coulibaly scored twice to drag Killie level before Rory McKenzie bagged a winner.

Clark praised the 21-year-old for his performance and said that he could thrill supporters.

"Coulibaly is going to be an exciting player for the fans," he said.

"He is a really special talent. He can score every type of goal and for a little guy he has a great leap.

"He has two great feet - scored one with his left, one with his right, and is a brilliant kid to work with.

"They are all a great bunch and superb to work with. I just need to find a way to get better performances out of them as they gel and we can eradicate the issues slowly but surely."

Despite being pleased with the comeback and three points, Clark didn't overlook the fact that his team were in trouble for the first hour of the game and made it clear he expected better as the league season draws near.

"I congratulate the players for the spirit but the performance was really below-par," he said. "We got out of jail and must improve."

Berwick boss John Coughlin admitted the final result stung but was still pleased with his players' efforts.

"There are plenty of of positives, this is the first time we've been beaten at home in 2016 and, although it is a sore way to lose, we won't face players like Coulibaly every week," he said.


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