No. of Shots
Shots on Target
21: Jamie MacDonald, 12: Darryl Westlake , 06: Mark Connolly ,
14: Mark OHara (28: Josh Magennis 57mins), 18: Lee Ashcroft,
03: Steven Smith, 07: Rory McKenzie , 04: Jamie Hamill,
08: Scott Robinson, 11: Kallum Higginbotham (23: Greg Kiltie 67mins),
09: Kris Boyd.
James Morrison @ Pittodrie
After two league games where the team has failed to really work the opposing goalie or create a clear cut chance the Aberdeen fans laughed and applauded when a section of loyal Killie fans heartily sang “What’s it like to score a goal?” as a few minutes remained at a sunny Pittodrie on Sunday afternoon.
A few hundred loyal followers had made the long journey to the Granite City to see if there would be any improvement on the opening fixture Dundee debacle.
Before I even entered the ground I noticed that gaining admission to a Scottish football ground is tricky and difficult . Why was it always simple to get into New St Mirren Park?
Killie did look better organised playing 4-5-1 which had not been used as a formation for a while. The problem was getting someone forward when Killie actually had the ball to assist Boyd in the lone striker role.
The crafty Derek McInnes had clearly instructed his full backs Graeme Shinnie and Shay Logan to get white paint on their boots by both staying really wide to stretch the Killie defence. It was to be the ex Caley full back who was to be Killie’s nemisis.
MacDonald made a wonderful diving save from a Niall McGinn shot and produced an excellent reflex stop from a Logan header when the Dons seemed certain to score; their former Ross County defender Quinn also headed against a post.
It just seemed a matter of time until they scored and the goal came in 37 minutes. Hayes drove through the centre of the Kilmarnock defence before getting the break of the ball in a 50/50, the ball fell to Shinnie inside the Killie area and he did show composure to curl the ball past MacDonald with the outside of his left foot. The Dons had enjoyed a break to get the goal but it was deserved on the balance of play and Shinnie and Hayes had been a real menace to the Killie defence especially Darryl Westlake who was booked for clattering Hayes.
The half time break was hopefully a chance for Killie to re-group.
Kilmarnock started the second half on the front foot when Robinson found space between the two centre halves to head over the bar in the 48th minute.
That was really the team’s first clear cut chance in 138 minutes of league football this season.
Killie were moving the ball about quicker and were starting to look threatening.
Typically though in the 55th minute Aberdeen were handed a chance to pretty much put the game out of sight when they were awarded a penalty when Ashcroft brought down Flood after a positive forward run from the midfielder. Rooney stepped up and sent MacDonald the wrong way to make it 2-0. Why do goalies dive before the ball is kicked?
Gary Locke responded by replacing O’Hara with former Don Josh Magennis switching to a 4-4-2 formation.
Killie made another change when Kiltie replaced Higginbotham; it had been a frustrating afternoon for the former Partick Thistle man who was another of the four Killie players to be yellow carded.
Young Kiltie did make a difference and managed to find Boyd in the box after a confident run down the right; the striker got too much on his header and knocked the ball past the near post.
The final substitution was made when Goodwillie replaced McGinn with just over 5 minutes of normal time remaining. The striker was immediately on the end of a robust challenge from Westlake (retribution for a certain tackle last December?) closely followed by strong challenge from Connolly which earned the Killie skipper a yellow card. Goodwillie was rolling about in apparent agony and then up chasing around immediately – no further comment required!
So that’s two games gone with, sadly, little to be positive about.
Much has been made of the horrific run of results the club has been on…..I can only wonder why the manager was given a 3 year contract.
Football is a “funny ole game” and those brave Killie fans did make me smile in the 89th minute singing “We are going to win 3-2″ just before they enquired what is was like to score a goal !
You certainly need a sense of humour to be a Killie fan just now
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