Kilmarnock: Beaten but brave, says boss Kenny Shiels

Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels refused to be critical of his side, viewing the 1-0 defeat by Aberdeen as a brave performance from a young team.

Shiels' side have lost both games since the league split in two.

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

"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."

PFA Scotland player of the year nominee Niall McGinn sealed the game - and manager Derek McInnes' first since taking charge and in his home debut - with a goal after only four minutes.

We sustained our belief in how we play and we made a few mistakes, but we looked the most fluent of the two sides

Kenny Shiels Kilmarnock manager

"That's why Niall McGinn is one of the nominees for player of the year," said Shiels.

"He deserves it and he scored a fantastic goal."

However, Shiels thought his side were a match for the Dons thereafter.

"I thought we played well in the first half," he said. "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."