Kilmarnock 0-2 Connah's Quay Nomads: SPL side dumped out of Europe

Kilmarnock boss Angelo Alessio was forced to apologise to the club's fans after his side were turfed out of Europa League
qualifying by Welsh minnows Connah's Quay Nomads.
In what was his Rugby Park debut, Alessio watched as his team capitulated in the second half against a Nomads side who were priced at 20/1 at the start of play.
On a night when Rangers
and Aberdeen both progressed, the result was another hammer blow to Scottish football's battered reputation. And it was a bitter pill to swallow for a Killie faithful who have dined out on the success of the Steve Clarke era.
A Ryan Wignall header and a Callum Morris penalty saw the Nomads overturn 2-1 deficit from the first leg to progress 3-2 on aggregate.
Stuart Findlay also saw red for Killie on a night which will surely rank as one of the most embarrassing in the club's history.
'I am sorry,' said Alessio, the Italian who has been installed as Clarke's successor at Rugby Park. 'I am sorry for this result, I know this is a bad result for us. We won 2-1 in Connah's Quay last week but tonight we lost 2-0.
'But I feel it's important for us to learn from this game and to continue to work hard every day. I know this is a bad result, but we must learn.
'This team and these players they have shown the right attitude, the right mentality in the past. That's what we must do now.' Asked to expand on exactly what went wrong for his team, Alessio pointed to Nomads keeper Lewis Brass pulling off a string of terrific saves in the first half.
But there was simply no explanation for what followed after the interval as Kilmarnock blew all their hard work over the course of last season.
'In the first half, we had three opportunities to score a goal and their goalkeeper made great saves. This can happen,' continued the Italian.
'At the same time, in the second half it's important don't lose your head and stay in the game. We conceded two goals, the second a penalty, but this is football.' Now out of the Europa League at the first hurdle, Alessio rejected the suggestion that his players had hit the panic button after falling behind.
He also hit out at what he perceived as an overly physical approach from the Welsh Premier League outfit.
'I don't think the players began to panic,' he said. 'We tried to play our football and tried to find solutions.
'But it was very difficult and complicated because every action from the opponent was a foul.
'It was foul, foul foul and foul. There were a lot of yellow cards and also a red card for them. This is their football.
'But we need to work hard to analyse this game and move forward. This is the most important thing.
'I am not worried because I know my players have heart and they have the right mentality to come back from this.
'I don't feel like we have lost the good feeling from the fans. It is important to remember that this is only the first game.
'Yes, it is a bad result and I am sorry for this because I am the manager.
'But it is important to stay together. Everyone - the fans, the club and you guys in the media.' Victorious Nomads boss Andy Morrison said: 'I think this is the greatest result in Welsh Premier League history in Europe.
'For us to come here after being written off is amazing - we were 66/1 to win 2-0 and people didn't give us a hope in hell.
'The game plan was to get to half-time at 0-0 and hopefully they would get a bit anxious. When it went to 1-0 it was in the hands of fate.'

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