Shiels rewarded for tactics

Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels gave himself a pat on the back for
his tactical approach to the 1-0 win over Ross County.

Shiels’ plan to soak up pressure and hit on the counter-attack
was rewarded at the Global Energy Stadium as James Fowler’s early
goal proved enough to earn three points.

Shiels said: “People think Ross County had a lot of possession,
but we got our goal and the tactics were to go deep and forfeit
possession in their half of the pitch so it looked as if they were
dominant.

“We knew we would have to defend a lot of corners so it was a
great learning curve for the kids but we coped okay.

“We used different methodology to win the game today. We played
Ross County at their own game and Cammy Bell had one save to
make.”

The win moved Killie into the top six with a game in hand over
their rivals, but Shiels is taking nothing for granted.

“There’s a long we to go,” he added. “We finish with two homes
games, but they are very difficult ones. There are no easy games in
this league.

“Forty-seven points is our target, but we’ve got to win our next
game, that’s our game in hand. If we can get something from that it
puts us in a decent position.”