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Watkins eyeing cup exit reaction

Marley Watkins says his Kilmarnock teammates want to "put things right" after they were dumped out of the Scottish Cup by Aberdeen last weekend.

Victory on Saturday would go some way to atoning for the exit in the eyes on many supporters as they take on fourth-placed St Mirren in the race for Europe.

"It's a massive game," Watkins said. "Obviously, we weren't at it last Saturday. It hurts a lot because of the manner we went out. We want to put things right.

"It's about how we react. We owe it to the supporters, ourselves and the staff to a better performance, a winning performance.

"We've done well to this point and put ourselves in a good position. This is the business end of the season so we don't want to let it go to waste and ruin everything we've worked hard for. We're determined to stay high and finish as well as possible."

With 10 goals for the campaign in all competitions, Watkins' place in the team has rarely been under threat - even since the arrivals on Kevin van Veen and Greg Stewart in the winter window.

"Two quality players that came in, and I'm sure we'll see big moments from them before the end of the season," the striker added. "I think Kev was struggling with a little bit of an injury. We all know he's got goals in him, and obviously Greg's got great quality."