Kilmarnock boss Tommy Wright hails ‘good point’ as he reacts to Arbroath draw

Arbroath felt they made their point but Tommy Wright was happy with his as Kilmarnock reached the top of the cinch Championship for a few hours at least.

Gayfield has been a graveyard for several full-time clubs in recent years and a 0-0 draw under the Friday Night Lights in front of the TV cameras merely reinforced that fact.

It was an outcome good enough to send Killie to the summit but a positive result for Inverness Caledonian Thistle at home to Queen of the South on Saturday will see them drop back down to second spot.

However, Rugby Park chief Wright had the air of a man fairly satisfied that his title-chasing team hadn’t come a cropper in the north-east at the hands of part-time opposition.

“I think it was a good point for us,” he told BBC Scotland afterwards. “Arbroath made it difficult for us and probably played the conditions better.

“We did say before the game that it was important not to play similar to how they do in terms of going a little bit longer but we fell into that trap.

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“It was a difficult night for us but you’ve got to be happy with the resilience of the team and the attitude to get a good point.

“Arbroath keep it simple and they ask you constant questions and we came up with the answers defensively most of the night. Where we can be better is on the ball; we didn’t play well enough. We need to be braver at times.

“The middle and final thirds wasn’t as good as it could be but we know that and you can’t get it all your own way in every game. I think the players deserve a lot of credit for staying in the game as we were under pressure.

“There is a long way to go and I know the targets we have set ourselves. We’re just moving on nicely at the minute. Many a team will come here and not get a result.”

Kilmarnock striker Oli Shaw, who had a low shot to win it late-on saved by Smokies keeper Derek Gaston, told BBC Scotland: “A point here in these conditions…we’ll take it.

“In the first half, we struggled to get out of our own half with the goal kicks but in the second half we had the wind in our favour. Ultimately it became a battle at the end of the day.

“We know we want to get back into the Premiership and we’re back at the top of the league with this point.

“Obviously we would have loved to have got all three for the travelling fans who came up here. Ultimately, our goal is to get promotion.”

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