Defeat harsh on Kilmarnock, says manager Allan Johnston

Lewis Stevenson, Paul Hanlon and Sean Clohessy

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston felt hard done by following .

"I felt for long periods of the second half at 1-0 down we were by far the better team at putting the pressure on," Johnston told BBC Scotland.

"But we've got to learn that at 1-0 we're still in the game and we can't afford to over-commit and get caught on the counter-attack.

"They made it difficult for us, they worked extremely hard."

After falling behind to Paul Hanlon's 12th-minute goal, Killie tried in vain to get level before Paul Cairney and then Lewis Stevenson added to Hibs' lead.

"Without actually creating as many chances as we did first half, we had a lot possession," reflected Johnstone.

"We've got to find that cutting edge but that's all credit to Hibs for defending well.

"The boys are doing extremely well. We weren't far away and I don't think we merited a 3-0 defeat."

The loss at Easter Road followed successive wins over Partick Thistle and Hearts and Johnston feels his side are playing well going into the New Year.

"It's been encouraging, the young players that have come in and the experienced players as well have gelled well together," he added.

"We've got to carry our recent form through to 2014.

"We've got a lot of big games coming up, none more so than the game against St Mirren [on 2 January]."

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