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Saturday, 09 August 2014, 15:00

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Johnston salutes Bouzid bow

Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston paid tribute to new signing Ismael Bouzid after the 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle.

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Allan Johnston: Great debut from Ismael Bouzid

Allan Johnston: Great debut from Ismael Bouzid

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The former Hearts centre-back only completed his move to Killie on Friday and was thrown straight into the starting line-up at Firhill and the Algerian produced a commanding performance.

Johnston said: "That's what we need, a big physical presence at the back. We have been lacking that all season.

"You can see that he's a leader and an organiser at the back. Hopefully he will improve us as a team. I thought he had a good solid performance for his first game."

Former Kilmarnock winger David Silva could be about to re-join the club after a trial.

Johnston said: "He's agreed everything. He should be coming in this week and hopefully he will add a bit of pace and creativity in the wider areas."

Aaron Muirhead put Partick in front with a penalty but Kris Boyd scored early in the second half to earn Killie a share of the points.

Johnston said: "It was a poor first half performance. Thistle completely controlled the first half. We are not starting games as well as we should and we are letting teams get into a lead and putting ourselves under pressure.

"We've got good players and I felt for the majority of the second half we were the better team. We were unlucky not to go on and score more goals and win the game. They put us under a bit of pressure in the last 10 minutes which, as the home team, you would expect them to do. But, overall in the second half, it was a much better performance."

Thistle boss Alan Archibald was pleased with the way his team rallied after last week's defeat to Aberdeen, but felt they should have won.

He said: "I was delighted with the way we bounced back from last week. The players took everything on board and we started the first half really well.

"I think if we'd got another goal, we would have put the game to bed. At 2-0, it's a different story.

"The goal gave them a lift and we had a shaky 15-minute spell and Kilmarnock had their best spell of the game. But, after that, I felt we had the better finish to the game and I thought we were going to get the winner."

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