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.”