Kilmarnock: Win shows progress, says Allan Johnston

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston urges his side on as they defeat Motherwell 2-0

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston believes his side's 2-0 win over Motherwell is a sure sign of progress.

Robbie Muirhead and Sammy Clingan netted with fine finishes to give Killie their second win on the trot.

"Obviously it's early doors yet but you can see the movement and the power we've got," Johnston told BBC Scotland.

"It was a real team performance, we passed the ball well and when Motherwell put pressure on us, we defended well."

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Highlights - Kilmarnock 2-0 Motherwell

Chances for the visitors may have been few and far between, but confidence from a clean-sheet will add to that gleaned from a dynamic Kilmarnock display.

Eighteen year-old Muirhead's 25-yard strike, his third senior goal, swerved and dipped past Motherwell goalkeeper Dan Twardzik.

The Irvine-born player was an able replacement for Michael Ngoo, who along with Craig Slater missed the match due to calf and ankle niggles, respectively.

"He's capable of that," said Johnston. "As soon as he gets on his left foot he's always looking to shoot and you can see the power he's got behind his shot."

Johnston was equally happy with Josh Magennis. The former Aberdeen and St Mirren forward turned in a live-wire showing, tormented the Steelmen's defence and was denied by Twardzik on at least three occasions.

"He did everything apart from score," Johnston added.

"He was fantastic and unlucky not to score. These type of performances are what we're looking for.

"We've got to build on that, with two really hard games against Ayr and Inverness next. But the boys are really positive going into them."