Shiels happy with point

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Kenny Shiels

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels was satisfied after his side earned a point at Pittodrie in a dull goalless encounter with Aberdeen.

Paul Heffernan should have won the match in the closing stages but shot straight at Aberdeen goalkeeper Jason Brown in a match low on goalmouth action.

However, Shiels was happy with a share of the spoils - even if there was little for both sets of supporters to get excited about, and said: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It's according to the person and their perception of the game."

He added: "I wouldn't say it was a hard game to watch if you are into football but if you are looking at the game to see shots on goal and great saves from the goalkeepers then it was bereft of that.

"We had the best chance of the game but to go away with a point, there has to be a certain amount of satisfaction with that. The point has got us into the top six and that is a positive we can take out of it."

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown was disappointed to see his side pass up the opportunity to record a third successive win and break into the top six.

He said: "I think there was an expectation in view of recent results that we would just have to turn up and win the game but we were well aware that this wasn't going to be the case.

"The fans have to be fair and understand that we had changed half of our outfield team because we have four first choice players injured and we transferred Richard Foster.

"That's five players who would have played two weeks ago. It's too much to ask the team to click straight away with all those changes."

Algeria national coach Vahid Halilhodzic was in the crowd to watch Mohamed Chalali but the Aberdeen striker had a quiet afternoon, and Brown added: "He didn't have his best day. We have to commend the Kilmarnock defenders for that."

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