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PREMIERSHIP REWIND 3: ALESSIO: ‘WE DESERVED TO WIN’, McINNES: ‘NOT A GOOD POINT’, HECKINGBOTTOM: ‘SICKENER’, WRIGHT: ‘WE WERE DOMINANT TEAM’

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ANGELO ALESSIO watched Kilmarnock gain a valuable point in their goalless stalemate with Aberdeen at Rugby Park – but insisted his side should have won.

Former Scotland international winger Chris Burke passed up a great opportunity after eluding Dons No.1 Joe Lewis before failing to hit the target in the best chance of the game.

Alessio, who replaced Steve Clarke in the summer after the Killie boss took over as his nation’s gaffer, told BBC Sport: “We deserved the win. We had three or four opportunities to score the goal.

“Burkey dribbles round the goalkeeper and misses the goal, but that’s football. But I saw a good performance.

“It’s a good step, I am happy, but we have to continue this way.”

DEREK McINNES, the Pittodrie boss, couldn’t hide his frustration and, also speaking to the BBC, said: “For long spells, it was quite predictable. We’re looking for that individual play to try to make the difference.

“We need a bit more from others.

“That’s not a good point for us and we need to grasp that sooner rather than later.”

The Ayrshire outfit picked up their first point under Alessio’s guidance and there was concern for the visitors when Scotland centre-back Scott McKenna was forced off early on and he could be a doubt for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and Belgium.

Of more concern to manager McInnes will be a failure to score in four of their last five matches.

HIBS boss Paul Heckingbottom was fuming after his side threw away three points in the 2-2 draw with St Johnstone at Easter Road.

The Edinburgh gaffer could not disguise his frustration and anger at the final whistle as the visitors celebrated a late leveller from Jason Kerr.

Heckingbottom, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “It’s a sickener: the nature of it. One’s the last kick of the game and offside and the other is we’ve lost a runner and made a mistake. It feels like a defeat.

“The goals we conceded there are tough to take. It’s clearly offside.”

Summer recruit Adam Jackson put the hosts 1-0 up after 25 minutes, but the Perth outfit claimed a deserved equaliser through Michael O’Halloran, only for Florian Kamberi to strike back 60 seconds later. Kerr’s header at the end settled the issue.

TOMMY WRIGHT, the delighted Perth chief, told the BBC: “I enjoyed the overall performance, I thought we were the dominant team.

“A point was the least we deserved, in fact, there’s no question we should have got all three points.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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