Kilmarnock: Kenny Shiels explains 'kick at nothing'

Interview - Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels

Kenny Shiels hopes the authorities will take a lenient view of his latest dismissal, which the Kilmarnock boss says came for "a kick at nothing".

Having just returned from a four-match touchline ban, Shiels was sent off at the end of the 1-1 draw at Inverness.

Shiels was annoyed that his team were denied a stoppage-time penalty soon after Borja Perez's late equaliser.

"The fourth official says 'Kenny, I know it's a load of rubbish but I have to send you to the stand'", he said.

Shiels, who served another three-match suspension earlier this season, played down the incident and cited examples of Celtic manager Neil Lennon and St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas escaping punishment for similar conduct.

Explaining that he thought his side should have been awarded a penalty following their dramatic equaliser, Shiels added: "I was really disappointed with that.

"In my frustration I turned round to kick at nothing.

"There was a bottle lying on its belly and I stroked it - a beautiful piece of skill.

"Neil Lennon kicked a bottle up here and he got off but I'm not Neil Lennon.

"Stevie Lomas kicked a bottle and got it rescinded as well.

"They know themselves it's a ridiculous rule - which has been changed I'm told, at the last meeting of the managers, but no one has told the referees."

Highlight - Dismissed Shiels climbs on dugout

Kilmarnock were under the cosh for long spells at the Caledonian Stadium and fell behind to a Nick Ross finish on 21 minutes.

But the hosts failed to make the most of the many other chances they created.

"Just at half-time a gale came in and wind and rain pelted into us," Shiels told BBC Radio Scotland.

"The players couldn't get a hold of the ball for 25 minutes after the interval.

"That wind wasn't there in the first-half, so that was a big advantage to Inverness.

"We lost six players in January and were without four key players tonight, so it was very difficult for us.

"We came through layers of snow, it took us almost six hours to get up, a quick bite then we rushed to the ground, which is not the best preparation.

"You have to look at all of our qualities; the resilience, the character, the commitment to stay in the game against the second best team in the country at the moment.

"We got a point and you have to commend the players for that."

The point edges Kilmarnock into the the top half of the Scottish Premier League but Shiels indicated that he does not expect his team to stay there.

"We won't have the quality left to get into the top six but the fact we are here now is encouraging," he added.

"We're preparing for that top eight or nine and there is not much in it."

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has agreed a Q&A with the BBC Sport website and is ready to answer your questions about his time in Scottish football.

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