Shiels is eyeing up firm first footing

KILMARNOCK manager Kenny Shiels has targeted a winning star to the new year this afternoon at St Mirren.

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His men head to Paisley on their best run of the campaign having ended 2012 with a four-game unbeaten sequence.

That has provided a fitting climax to a calendar year in which Killie claimed the Scottish Communities League Cup with a dramatic victory over Celtic, while they also tasted success at Parkhead for the first time in 57 years.

Now the Rugby Park gaffer wants to kick on in 2013.

He said: "2012 was a great year for Kilmarnock but we are not looking back, we are looking forward. We want to start 2013 on the front foot at St Mirren Park.

"It is pleasing to be going to Paisley on the type of run that we are but we know we will have to be at our best to take anything from St Mirren who are also in fine form.

"We have a solid foundation going into the new year and it is up to us to make the most of that."

Despite blowing a two-goal lead at Motherwell on Saturday, Shiels was pleased with a point after the Steelmen mounted a strong fightback to claim a 2-2 draw in a game that also marked his return to the dug out after a recent ban.

He said: "On the face of it you could say that we blew a two-goal lead.

"However, Motherwell are a good side and they came back strongly in the match. So a point was decent for us.

"From a personal point of view, it was good to be back in among the players and feeling the emotion in the dug-out."

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