Paatelainen said it was a result that his side did not deserve but was buoyed that they put in a solid shift at Rugby Park.
"I thought we were very unfortunate to lose the game," the Finn said.
"One or two of our players started chasing the game and lost their patience and position and if you do that you will be punished."
"But I am delighted to still have Conor. He's a goalscorer but I didn't think he was right to start the match because of the travelling," he added.
"He came on and had a couple of chances late on but unfortunately didn't score.
"I don't have any fears about other clubs coming in, it can happen or it might not. I can't legislate for what other clubs do.
"There might be offers and if there are we might consider them."