Stylish win pleases Shiels

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Kenny Shiels was made up with his side's performance as they came back from a goal down to win
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Kenny Shiels was made up with his side's performance as they came back from a goal down to win

Manager Kenny Shiels believes Kilmarnock's Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory over St Mirren at Rugby Park was a fantastic advert for Scottish football.

Cillian Sheridan notched his first goal for the Ayrshire side as they defeated St Mirren 3-1 to register their second successive SPL home win.

"When you have two teams like Kilmarnock and St Mirren coming to the stage you are going to get football and there's going to be rotation and movement in the pattern of play," Shiels said. "I have so much respect for the way in which St Mirren play and today's game was a great advert for Scottish football."

Sheridan opened the scoring when he glanced home Danny Racchi's pin-point delivery on 26 minutes and James Fowler doubled the hosts' lead 12 minutes into the second half.

A wonderful individual effort from James Dayton on the hour mark added to St Mirren's misery and despite Paul McGowan's deflected consolation, the hosts held on comfortably for all three points.

Shiels added: "St Mirren were very good and for the first 20 minutes of the game they had victory of the ball, but we changed a few things and from being 1-0 up we were worthy winners."

Danny Lennon was left frustrated after his St Mirren side failed to capitalise on their first-half dominance.

Lewis Guy passed up two good opportunities to open the scoring for Saints before they fell behind on 26 minutes.

"We started very well and I really enjoyed the first-half performance with the exception of the missed opportunities we created," Lennon said.

"We were punished by defensive errors and by the time we got the goal back the game was beyond us."

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