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Match Statistics

Motherwell Killie

No. of Shots

12 9

Shots on Target

3 4

Possession

55% 45%

Fouls Conceded

8 11

Corners Won

5 5

Discipline

None
Goals Moult (13 pen)

None

 

Killie Team

21: Jamie MacDonald, 04: Jamie Hamill , 05: Stuart Findlay ,
18: Lee Ashcroft , 03: Steven Smith (12: Darryl Westlake 22),
07: Rory McKenzie , 14: Mark OHara ,
19: Craig Slater , 11: Kallum Higginbotham (16: Tope Obadeyi 46),
28: Josh Magennis (23: Greg Kiltie 65), 09: Kris Boyd.

Subs Not Used: 02: Ross Barbour ,
17: Aaron Splaine , 29: Oliver Davies , 33: Dean Hawkshaw .

 

Match Report

Chris Kyle @ Fir Park

After a convincing victory in the League Cup against Berwick Rangers, Gary Locke’s men travelled to Fir Park to play an also struggling Motherwell, hoping to carry on winning ways from midweek.

After only two minutes Motherwell were on the attack and had their first attempt at goal. McDonald skipping around the defence and making way into the box, but his attempt was high and wide over the head of keeper Jamie MacDonald.

Motherwell continued to press, with the Killie back four doing their job to clear any danger. After ten minutes it was the home side who went closest again to scoring. Scott McDonald feeding a through ball through to Dom Thomas, and the youngster forced Jamie MacDonald into a superb fingertip save to deny Well the opener.

A minute later and it was Killie’s chance to open the scoring. A great ball in the box from Magennis to Boyd, who’s goal bound shot was blocked by the legs of the Well defence. As the ball made its way up to the opposite half, O’Hara was seen to have swiped at Moult in the box and referee McLean made no hesitation to award Motherwell a penalty. Moult stepped up and covered the penalty, with MacDonald unlucky not to get a hand to it.

Five minutes later and it was almost the equaliser, with a sweet Magnennis strike which was equally met by a great save by Ripley to deny Killie getting level. Ten minutes before the half time whistle, and Well had the ball in the net again, but this time was ruled offside by the assistant.

The beginning of the second half started much brighter for Killie, with Obadeyi looking sharp and was causing the Well defence problems with an early effort from the Englishman being cleared away.

Rory McKenzie was also giving the full backs a hard time, and crossed in a superb ball for Boyd, which was a fraction too high for the Killie number nine. Just after the hour mark and Killie were on the attack again, this time Obadeyi trying his luck once more, but his effort was well smothered by Ripley.

Killie’s last real chance of the match came ten minutes before time and was again from Obadeyi, who chested and controlled well to strike, but went inches over the bar. Overall after a sluggish first half, Killie looked much sharper to react after the interval but it had to take a debatable penalty to decide the outcome of a match between two disappointing sides.

 

Comments

Gary Locke: "I've looked at it again on the video and I don't think it's a penalty - I think he's got it wrong, But, unfortunately for us we've got to accept it. It's really disappointing because in the second half I thought we were on the front foot. For me it's a pretty poor decision that's cost us getting a point. I'm well aware we need to start winning games, but I've certainly seen signs today it was more like us - we were on the front foot more often. I thought when Tope Obadeyi came on he gave us a wee bit of impetus. We created a lot of chances but we've got to take them. But it's a poor refereeing decision that's cost us a point."

 

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