Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright has been left encouraged by his first game as Rugby Park boss, despite a 1-0 loss to Motherwell.

Killie dominated large spells of the rearranged game in Ayrshire but an Allan Campbell strike 20 minutes from time was all it took to separate the teams, Kilmarnock sat 10th in the Premiership.

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Kilmarnock were beaten. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Wright has taken over from Alex Dyer as Killie boss and he’s been pleased with the initial signs in his first few days: “Most certainly I’m encouraged. I have been encouraged since I came in with the quality in the squad. We will work with them.

“We know the areas we have to improve and they just have to persevere with it. We bossed possession. We worked on getting the ball into wide areas and creating overloads in those areas to get balls in the box. We did that and had numerous attempts on goal but the quality of those attempts didn’t trouble the goalkeeper enough.

“We will keep working in training, keep getting into the areas, and sometimes you need a little bit of luck.  Some great crosses came in and it might have needed to come off a Motherwell player’s knee to go in the back of the net just to change things for you.

Seeing positive signs. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“But in terms of how we wanted to play and the areas we wanted to try and hurt them, we did that. What was missing was a goal and an end product. That was for various reasons, the two centre-halves won everything we put into the box and we probably didn’t have the right type of movement in the box, and probably the quality of crosses at times wasn’t good enough.”

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