A point for Dundee Utd and Kilmarnock fair, says Shiels
A Scottish Premier League point apiece for Dundee United and Kilmarnock was a fair reward for the clubs, according to Rugby Park manager Kenny Shiels.
The teams produced an entertaining 1-1 draw at Tannadice in their first SPL match of the season.
"We are disappointed not to come away with a victory but I don't think any team deserved to lose," said Shiels.
"It was end-to-end attacking. Both sets of players deserve credit for their commitment to the game."
Shiels' compatriot Rory McKeown, 18, scored from 25 yards with a powerful drive to give Killie the lead at the start of the second half but Danny Swanson volleyed an equaliser from 18 yards to level the score at a sunny Tannadice.
"It would have been a travesty if we had lost and it would have been a travesty if Dundee United had lost because their lads put in so much effort," added Shiels, who also praised referee Alan Muir for his performance.
"It was a good day for people to come and watch a game of football.
"But we can be so much better. We are trying to build a team. I was disappointed that Patrick Ada got too tight and gave away an unnecessary free-kick [that led to the goal].
"These are the bread and butter things that do you, but what a goal by Swanson.
"I knew he was going to be a threat but there are so many threats in the Dundee United camp. Goodwillie is horrible to play against. What a player he is.
"I look at the season ahead and to come here and get a point against a top-four club is exceptional but I am disappointed that we did not win. When you are in the lead and you concede the way we did, it is disappointing."