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Scottish Premiership: Allan Johnston is delighted with Kilmarnock's display against Ross County

Last Updated: 18/08/14 11:31am

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Allan Johnston: Kilmarnock boss praised his team after the win over Ross County

Allan Johnston: Kilmarnock boss praised his team after the win over Ross County

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Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston was delighted with his team's display in the 2-1 victory over Ross County at Global Energy Stadium.

The visitors led through goals from Josh Magennis and Tope Obadeyi, before enduring a nervy finish thanks to a late header from Liam Boyce.

Johnston said: "We controlled large parts of the game and it was maybe only in the last five or 10 minutes they came into the game after the goal.

"Other than that, I thought we were totally in control and unlucky not to score a few more.

"That's four points away from home. It was important we started the season well.

"We had a hard game against Aberdeen in midweek and put in another good performance. Aberdeen's quality showed in the end with clinical finishing.

"But we can take a lot of heart from the performance today.

"We've got more to come. That was Michael Ngoo's first match. He has hardly played in pre-season but he was excellent, a handful. You can see he is going to be a big player for us this year.

"For me, young Craig Slater stole the show with some of his passing. With the range of passing he showed today you can see he is not going to be here with Kilmarnock for very long.

"You've got to be concerned we might lose him. You look at his free-kick against Dundee.

"Last year, I was saying the same - he is a top young player. Hopefully not before the window shuts."

Derek Adams rued missed chances early on and the County boss is becoming frustrated by the early season pattern of profligacy and poor defending.

Adams said: "We might have scored before they did - but that's been the story of our season so far.

"We've had good chances to score and controlled the first 35 minutes when I felt we were the better side.

"But we never scored in that time and then they scored a goal I felt we probably should have stopped. For the second one as well, we could have stopped it."
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