NEW Kilmarnock boss Angelo Alessio insisted he wasn't worried despite his side going a goal down in Wales with just 15 minutes left.

The Ayrshire side were looking like they would suffer a nightmare defeat after Greg Taylor netted an own goal with 15 minutes left in Connah's Quay Nomads' only meaningful attack of the game.

But Eamonn Brophy levelled with a penalty with nine minutes left before Stuart Findlay headed an injury time winner to put Killie in a hugely commanding position ahead of next week's Europa League first qualifying round, second leg at Rugby Park.

And Alessio insisted he always knew his men had it in him to mount a comeback.

He said: "I knew it would be a tough game for us – and that’s how it worked out. But the passion from my players and the reaction they showed after conceding the goal was very pleasing.

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"We showed a great reaction mentally. We came back strongly and this was key to us winning the game. My team is strong. We never give up. This is a big show in Europe and we knew it would be tough.

"I was not worried when they scored because we had all of the play. We were in control of the match with lots of possession. I felt calm because I believe in my players. I know my players and I know the mental strength they have.

"We played well. We just had to find more of a cutting pass in the final area of the pitch. But it is not easy when your opponent plays with ten men behind the ball. That is always difficult. We had something like 80 per cent of possession. We had two really good chances, but you have to say their goalkeeper made two very big important saves for them.

"In the last 15 minutes, their performance went down and ours went up. Our physical condition is really good. My players did well, but now we must to continue to prepare for next week. This is only half-time and there is one more match to play.

"I am happy and feel humbled because the Kilmarnock fans sang my name. They deserve this result for the support they gave the team."

Andy Morrison, the Scottish home manager, said: "I thought Kilmarnock had ran out of ideas, but I praise them for coming back and their excellent supporters for the atmosphere they created. But it was a hugely disappointing way to lose."