Shiels: Young side learning

Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels praised what he saw as a brave performance from his young team, but appreciated the quality of the Aberdeen goal that divided the two sides.

Last Updated: 28/04/13 at 11:55 Post Comment

Kenny Shiels pleased with Kilmarnock youngsters

Kenny Shiels pleased with Kilmarnock youngsters

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Niall McGinn fired high into the Pittodrie net after just four minutes and though the Dons were rarely troubled by Kilmarnock, they were also unable to put the game to bed despite a number of chances - especially after the introduction of Josh Magennis midway through the second half.

Shiels said: "I thought we played well in the first half. We sustained our belief in how we play and we made a few mistakes but we looked the most fluent of the two sides.

"Conceding the early goal didn't help and there were a lot of stoppages for free-kicks. We chased the game, and I thought we showed great promise.

"In the second half, we seemed to drop a little bit deeper and give them more territory. Every single chance they had, bar one, was the result of mistakes from young players learning the game."

Since the split, Kilmarnock have now lost consecutive games without scoring a goal, but Shiels felt his side showed that confidence is not a factor in those results.

"If you were summing up the performance, you would say it was a brave performance," he added.

"They were brave in where they took the ball, and they were brave in the position they got into. It's not as if we're lacking confidence."

Shiels highlighted the goal as the difference between the two sides, continuing "That's why Niall McGinn is one of the nominees for (SPFA) Player of the Year. He deserves it and he scored a fantastic goal."

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