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'Dream' Kilmarnock debut for Alexei Eremenko

Kilmarnock midfielder Alexei Eremenko
Eremenko marked his Killie debut with the winning goal

Alexei Eremenko described his winning goal on his Kilmarnock debut against St Mirren as "a dream come true".

"I was a little bit nervous in the beginning because I only trained once with the team," the Finnish midfielder told BBC Scotland.

"But, when I felt that I was doing okay and I felt the support of the crowd, the game got better and better and I felt all the team had a very good game.

"The goal was a big plus, but the important thing was three points."

Eremenko deceived St Mirren goalkeeper Paul Gallacher with a free kick to score the second in Killie's 2-1 win.

"To score a goal in the first game was a dream come true," said the 27-year-old. "It was a fantastic and a winning goal, so I'm very pleased.

"I saw the goalkeeper standing to the left. He didn't expect at all that I was going to shoot, he was expecting that it was going to come across.

"So I knew if I hit the ball strongly enough and I hit it where I wanted then it would be a goal and it went pretty good.

"We showed a potential of what we have and I think it can only get better. If we just continue doing what the coach wants us to do, it's going to be good.

"I think I can improve my fitness a little bit, but it's going to come time by time. I did okay until 70th minute and then I got tired and had heavy legs a little bit.

"I'm not used to the tempo yet, but I think it's going to come."

Eremenko is on loan from Metalist Kharkiv and the Finland international says it is too early to say where is long-term future lies.

"It pretty much depends on my team, Metalist Kharkiv," he added.

"They are the ones who have my contract and I have two years' contract left with them."

James Dayton scored Kilmarnock's first against St Mirren before going off injured in the second half.

Manager Mixu Paatelainen said: "It was a fantastic day for us.

"All credit to the boys, we coped tactically really, really well and caused them problems. There could've been more goals, but I thought it was a really deserved victory.

"It's early doors. Victories like that and three points, we'll take that gladly.

"We've been talking to James all the time about coming in and shooting because he can do that with both feet.

"I'm not surprised that he produced that goal because he's doing that on the training ground all the time.

"It was very, very unfortunate to see him getting injured. I hope it's nothing serious because he's an exciting player. He's a wide player and we want to use wide players to excite crowds.

"Alexei is a skilful player. You can see his first touch and his trickery. His awareness, vision and passing ability are fantastic. He got a goal on his debut, which was fantastic and he was man of the match, so it was a great start from him."

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see also
Kilmarnock 2-1 St Mirren
11 Sep 10 |  Scottish Premier
Killie sign Finnish star Eremenko
31 Aug 10 |  Kilmarnock

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