Innes Of The 2nd Happiness
By Ed_Scottish Fitba
Updated Sunday, 3rd January 2010
Chris Innes knows which side his bread is buttered on.
With players moving around on a regular basis, there cannot be any room for sentiment when you face one of your old clubs. It's dog eat dog these days and Chris Innes is not bothered that his intervention plunged former club Kilmarnock further into the relegation zone. He scored the late winner for St Mirren on Saturday in a game which looked destined to end in a drab goalless draw. The result put the Buddies three points clear of Killie and five ahead of bottom side Falkirk with a game in hand over both sides. Innes spent five years at Kilmarnock and no doubt feels sympathetic towards former boss Jim Jefferies as the Ayrshire club continue their fight to move out of the danger zone. However, as the Paisley side pay his wages these days his only concern is helping ensure St Mirren's survival. He said: "Jim and Billy Brown are still there and they were there when I left to go to Dundee United. I still have a lot of friends at Kilmarnock but St Mirren are my club now and they pay my wages."
Innes came on as a substitute late in the first half when John Potter had to limp off with a hamstring strain. Not only did Innes score he also was on hand to clear a Mehdi Taouil effort off the line in injury time. He went on: "I didn't play particularly well at St Johnstone and the gaffer changed things around for this game. But I came on and took part after John got an injury. It's disappointing, he's not only a good captain, he's a good friend. So to come on and replace him was bitter-sweet but you've got to look after your own interests and we got the result. It was great scoring the goal and clearing one off the line in the last couple of minutes. All in all it was a good day."
The substitution proved to be vital but Innes refused to criticise manager Gus MacPherson for dropping him in the first place. He said: "I'm not going to have a go at the gaffer. At the end of the day, he makes the decisions and I respect him fully. I played with him for a good number of years and I've got nothing but respect for him. If the gaffer makes a decision, I respect it. As a player, I don't always agree with it. But, on this occasion, without a doubt I didn't deserve to play but hopefully I've put a question in his mind for the coming weeks. That's all you can do." Kilmarnock boss Jefferies said: "When we got our chance it was Innes who kicked it off the line so he has been very handy for them and he started on the bench as well. But that's what can happen when it's as tight as this. I didn't think any team looked capable of getting the three points from outfield play and it was just that one set-play that cost us the three points."
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