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Late brace from super subs make it day to forget for McCulloch as Kilmarnock defeated

Kilmarnock 1 - Aberdeen2

By Gavin McCafferty

Lee McCulloch admitted he could not bear to watch the two late goals that denied him an opening victory in his second spell as Kilmarnock caretaker manager.

Killie looked to have ended a 12-game losing run against Aberdeen as they led through Rory McKenzie's 41st-minute strike with seven minutes left at Rugby Park.

But Aberdeen substitutes Jayden Stockley and Peter Pawlett both capitalised on hopeful balls into the box to strike twice in two minutes and turn the game on its head.

Killie sub Miles Addison had a hugely contrasting experience to his Aberdeen counterparts, allowing Stockley to stab home as he tried to shield the ball back to goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

And Addison watched in horror as Niall McGinn's cross bounced off him and fell for Pawlett, whose shot deflected in off the big defender.

"It was a horrendous goal to lose and it gives Aberdeen the impetus to move on and get another," McCulloch said.

"I specifically didn't watch the two goals again so I couldn't come here and tell you lies."

But he added: "I'm proud of how the boys applied themselves and bought into the game plan, and the way they worked. I'm disappointed but not worried."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes felt their win was testament to their strength in depth despite failing to hit the heights of their seven-goal thrashing of Motherwell in midweek.

"The performance was in total contrast to Wednesday night but it's still the same three points," he added.

 

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