A point for Dundee Utd and Kilmarnock fair, says Shiels

Manager Kenny Shiels surveys the action at Tannadice with his backroom team
Shiels says both teams deserve credit for their attempts to entertain the fans

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."

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