Shiels laments two dropped points

PA Sport
Stuart McCall (left) and Kenny Shiels

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Stuart McCall (left) and Kenny Shiels

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels was frustrated his side were held to another draw in a game he felt they should have won after a goalless encounter at Motherwell.

Gary Harkins hit the post for Kilmarnock before the break, shortly before Manuel Pascali had a goal rightly disallowed by referee Craig Thomson for leaning on his opponent. But Killie goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola made the three best saves of the game, pushing past Chris Humphrey's early drive and then stopping Steve Jennings and Michael Higdon netting in quick succession.

Shiels said: "It's another draw that we needed to turn into a victory. We came, as we always do, to win the game with an attacking philosophy and it didn't happen for us again. I'd like to get my emotions balanced because I'm really disappointed for the players and supporters because yet again we got it tactically right."

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall felt a draw was a fair result and both sides kept going forward at every opportunity, but Shiels felt his team had gained the upper hand.

Kilmarnock had already drawn more games than any other team in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and the result ensured they have now endured stalemates in half of their 12 games, winning just two.

Shiels added: "We took the football out of Motherwell - their quality was reduced because they had to change from invention and creativity to playing a little bit more direct and trying to get in behind our young full-backs.

"That's an option they chose, I'm not being critical. It was testament to how we kept the ball and our invention and creativity was prevalent again."

The Northern Irishman's frustration came a week after Celtic fought back from three down to claim a point at Rugby Park thanks to three late goals in seven minutes.

"We're going through a trend where we're drawing matches that we really should be winning on the balance of play," Shiels said. "Motherwell are a very good team and they played well in spells but from 15 minutes before half-time to the end of the game, apart from a five-minute spell, we had that authority where we looked threatening.

"Gary Harkins and Dean Shiels ran the show, they are two players who are on top of their game."

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