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Match Statistics

Rangers Killie

No. of Shots

13 3

Shots on Target

4 2

Possession

56% 44%

Fouls Conceded

6 16

Corners Won

12 3

Discipline

Goals None

None

 

Killie Team

Jamie MacDonald, Lee Hodson, Conrad Balatoni, Stuart Findlay, Steven Smith , Craig Slater , Gary Dicker (Mark O'Hara 54), Rory McKenzie, Greg Kiltie, Tope Obadeyi (Kallum Higginbotham 73 ), Josh Magennis

Subs Not Used: Conor Brennan, Jamie Hamill, Kris Boyd, Lee Ashcroft, Adam Frizzell

Man of the Match Vote

 

Match Report

David Shaw @ Ibrox Stadium

After the week that was, Killie turned up at Ibrox without Gary Locke in the dugout after another home defeat to Hamilton was just too much to bear. His assistant, ‘Big Jig’, took the obligatory reins, hoping to stick two big fingers up at the Angry Bears who hounded him out of Ibrox. This may or may not have been Jig’s only gig since Killie are actively searching for a new manager, but he was desperate to inflict a defeat on the high-flying Gers who were managed by that bloke who makes loaves.

Over 1,000 Killie fans travelled the short distance to Govan, hoping that the sun would finally shine on one of the most miserable winters ever endured by Ayrshire’s finest. Sending thousands of Bears home ‘tae think again’ would be even sweeter on the palette since last year’s cup defeat still leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of many Killie supporters.

Killie lined up with Tope on the left wing, supporting lone striker Magennis. Smith deputised for McHattie at left back and newbie, Lee Hodson, slotted straight in at right back. Gary Dicker was also a debutant beside the usual midfield of Slater, McKenzie and Kiltie.

Killie started fairly brightly and knocked the ball around confidently, with a glancing header from Magennis going close, but eventually Rangers' big threats (full-backs Wallace and Tavernier) began to rampage down the flanks respectively. First, Wallace brought out a good save from McDonald, before the impressive Tavernier’s cracking drive smacked the goalie’s right hand post. Then, McKay had a snapshot sail inches past as Rangers began to dominate.

Fortunately, Killie’s defence stood firm and they would go on to have one of their best games of the season as Rangers were mostly restricted to long shots from outside of the box. As the half wore on, Tope began to attack on the left flank and as he cut inside he was unlucky to see a fine drive saved by Foderingham. The best chance of the half then fell to Slater whose goal bound shot was deflected over the bar by the head of Foderingham.

The second half again began well for Killie and they controlled the game for the first ten minutes. Both Kiltie and Magennis chased everything in front of them and gave the Gers back-four a torrid time. After an hour though, the tiring Gary Dicker was replaced by O’Hara and Killie then started to defend deep in their own half which allowed the Gers midfield to push forward. Wilson headed on to the bar and Waghorn struck the rebound off the post as Killie rode their luck. For the remainder of the second half it looked like Killie were the lower league side hanging on against their Premiership hosts, which is understandable considering how both club’s seasons have been going.

For the most part though, Killie’s back four were excellent, apart from one incident where Waghorn was left totally unmarked in front of goal. Thankfully, he couldn’t control the ball and the chance was lost. Rangers continued to look for a winner but it wasn’t to be as Killie held on for a replay. Their only blackspot being when substitute, Higginbotham was red carded by Bobby Madden for an innocuous lunge at Tavernier, but by that time the game was all but over.

Best for Killie were Kiltie, Hodson and Findlay. Best for them were the 32,000 bears who contributed to the Killie coffers.

Final two points: Respect to chairman Jim Mann who publicly thanked the Killie fans for their fantastic support – it’s nice to be appreciated for a change. Secondly, it was great to be back at Ibrox, which is still a fantastic stadium. However, the cost and quality of the pies etc is an absolute abomination! As an angry Killie fan once screamed – SORT IT OUT!!!!

 

Comments

Lee McCulloch:  "I have enjoyed this week and today. There were some nerves this morning and I am delighted with the reception I got and delighted with the way the team bounced back from a disappointing result last week. At the time I didn't think it was a red card, (on Higgy) I haven't seen it back so to be brutally honest I can't comment too much on it."

 

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