Kenny Shiels stays true to philosophy at Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels
Shiels' side suffered a third defeat inside eight days

Rugby Park manager Kenny Shiels was not for criticising his Kilmarnock players despite a third Scottish Premier League defeat in eight days.

Shiels said after : "They worked really hard today. Things didn't drop for us.

"We just started in June with this team. We've got a philosophy and we have to be faithful to that philosophy.

"Every game we have played this season has been entertaining. I defy anyone to say they haven't been."

Killie are seventh in the table after consecutive defeats by St Mirren, Rangers and the Perth Saints.

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"We are in a position where we are pretty close to the bottom and pretty close to fourth place," said the Northern Irishman.

"We need to be realistic in how we measure success and failure with Kilmarnock Football Club.

"If we can get a consolidated position by playing entertaining football, I would rather do that than play ugly and maybe get a couple of places higher."

Shiels praised Derek McInnes's side for their performance but felt his own team did not get the rub of the green at Rugby Park.

"Football is a game of swings and roundabouts. We have gone through a spell like last season when we went on a little losing streak when we were dominating games," he added.

"The worst thing we can do is feel sorry for ourselves. We have hit the bar four times in a week and we have got nothing from the three games.

"They had a 10-minute spell of corner kicks in the first half but apart from that we were very dominant.

"There was eight or nine of the St Johnstone team that was with them last season so they've got an established squad of players, but despite that we still had good patterns and they played well, to be fair."

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