Shiels hits out over bore draw

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Kenny Shiels criticised his Kilmarnock team after the 0-0 draw at Ross County

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Kenny Shiels criticised his Kilmarnock team after the 0-0 draw at Ross County

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels accused his team of playing "anti-football" in their goalless draw against Ross County at Global Energy Stadium.

There was little in the way of clear-cut chances throughout the 90 minutes with both defences on top and a draw was probably a fair result.

The result stretched County's unbeaten run of league matches to 39 with another solid display, but the Killie boss was unhappy with the display, and said: "It's not what I came to Scotland for - it was anti-football.

"It was poor for the spectators, the teams kept giving each other the ball. The fact we got a point is good but on reflection it wasn't a good game of football."

He added: "I don't think Ross County deserved to win and I don't think we deserved to win. We knew it would be difficult at set-pieces, that was their only threat really. We endured that and did well in that department but we weren't fluent.

"Inside I'm hurting because I want us to pass the ball and create chances and give the crowd something to shout about. Ross County have a great spirit and they work hard. They deserve a lot of credit to get to the SPL, a lot of people at the club deserve a lot of credit but I'm sure they are disappointed in the match itself."

However, County boss Derek Adams did not agree with his opposite number's take on the match.

He said: "I thought we should have probably won the game, we had the better of the opportunities over the 90 minutes. We were dangerous from cross balls into the box, we knew that would cause them problems.

"We tried to pass the ball today but every time we tried to pass the ball we were stopped. I thought it was us who were trying to play the football and they came to stop us playing that way."

Asked if his team's lack of goals was a concern, he added: "We created chances but we haven't taken them today but in future weeks we will have opportunities to score goals. We've gone 39 games unbeaten, that's because we have a strong organisation and an understanding of how to play football."

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