Killie manager Allan Johnston bemoans dropped points

Allan Johnston

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston said he was unhappy to have only taken a point despite dominating their 1-1 draw against St Mirren in Paisley.

Kris Boyd put Killie ahead before being dismissed for violent conduct, then Gary Harkins levelled for the hosts.

"It was a really good performance," said Johnston. "But we went from from being in so much control to hanging on at the end with 10 men.

"It was disappointing to drop points."

The Rugby Park boss continued: "They all did extremely well. We scored a great goal and we played the majority of the football in their half - St Mirren were on the back foot, but the game changes when you go down to 10 men.

"We still need to work on producing chances in the final third.

"We had a lot of play in the final third, but maybe not enough quality in the box and we can't afford to lose a poor goal like the one we lost at the corner."

Boyd's thundering strike gave Killie the lead four minutes into the second half, but the former Rangers man was dismissed for lashing out at Jim Goodwin before Harkins struck the equaliser.

Johnston insisted he had not yet viewed a replay of the incident involving Boyd, but admitted that if the player was involved in a violent exchange, he can have no excuses for receiving a red card - although suggested that Goodwin was perhaps not entirely an innocent party in the incident.

"It's hard to tell - I haven't seen the video of it yet," said Johnston.

"Jim Goodwin, for me, was coming through the back and there wasn't much protection for our strikers, but you can't react like that.

"It sounds as though he's punched him back and you can't get away with that."

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