No. of Shots
Shots on Target
Jamie MacDonald, Will Boyle , Jonny Burn, Steven Smith , Luke Hendrie, Dean Hawkshaw , Greg Kiltie (George Green 81), Greg Taylor 63, Gary Dicker, Adam Frizzell (Charlee Adams 78), Kris Boyd (Souleymane Coulibaly 92).
Subs Not Used: Devlin MacKay, Jordan Jones, Flo Bojaj, Dapo Kayode.
James Morrison @ Rugby Park
Don't stop believing!!
On the journey of life we encounter all sorts of emotions - involving euphoric highs, horrid lows, disappointment, anger and frustration and even disgust. Being a life long Killie fan is much the same... but in the words of the Journey song "don't stop believing!" Friday evening's game against the re-incarnation that is Rangers FC had an adequate sprinkling of most of those emotions.
Surprise - for the 2nd home league game in a row Killie manager Lee Clark only included three of his numerous summer signings in the starting line up. The SPL used to have a rule that clubs had to have a minimum number of under 21 players - it seems that Killie now operate an opposite policy with only four of the team over the age of 21!
Frustration - at referee Clancy in the 7th minute when a shot from Adam Frizzell struck the outstretched arms of Clint Hill - the stonewall nature of the penalty was even confirmed by Chris Sutton on BT Sport.
Joy - at the sublime skills of teenager Kiltie and predatory ability of goal machine Boyd when Killie took a deserved lead in the 29th minute.
Anger - once again at referee Clancy for failing to book Rangers' new signing Garner for blatant diving and also deliberately assaulting young Jonny Burn just before half time. Burn had an outstanding game in the centre of the Killie defence.
Disappointment - at the loss of an equaliser from a soft and needless free kick given away by the impressive Hawkshaw when he seemed to win the ball just before the hour mark.
Admiration - at the skills of home-grown Killie youngsters Frizzell, Taylor and especially Greg Kiltie who was actually tipped to succeed by former manager Kenny Shiels when he was at the club. Also for the abilities of the luminous clad Jamie MacDonald who produced three excellent saves in the latter stages of the game.
Despair- as Killie were reduced to 10 men for a crazy tackle by young Greg Taylor on pantomime villain Joey Barton who had an ineffective game and was substituted perhaps just in case he picked up a second caution and was also sent for an early bath or shower.
Pride - in the energy, effort and commitment shown by every Killie player on the evening.
Hope - seeing a double rainbow walking to the ground calmed some of the fears I had before the match having witnessed the performances against Morton, Albion Rovers, 'Well and the first dreadful hour in Hamilton. Could we now hang on for a hard-earned point which would seem a little pot of gold after those games?
Disgust - at the constant rendition of blatantly sectarian and bigoted songs from sections of the away support. I had thought that perhaps such things may have ceased in modern Scotland - are the football authorities scared to take action even though the likes of the Beeb's Tom English and also Graham Spiers bravely continue to highlight the matter?
Relief - when Mr Clancy eventually blew his whistle after adding an inexplicable 5 minutes to the standard 45 minutes in the second half having done the same at the end of the first half.
In truth, other than the wonder strike by Tavernier for their goal Rangers rarely threatened the Killie goal until MacDonald made his first save in the 75th minute although understandably it was one-way traffic towards the end as the visitors tried to take advantage of their extra man to claim all three points. Both teams lacked a creative midfielder but Killie do have a goal scoring striker who simply doesn't fall over every time he is in the penalty box! Reading the match programme it seems there actually is a team in the top division in Scotland who Kris Boyd has not scored against for Killie - hopefully that will change next month when Killie visit Parkhead.
At the end of about 100 minutes of frantic Friday night football Killie fully merited their hard earned point earned in adversity with 10 men. Rangers trotted out excuses and seemed to think they should have had a penalty - there should have been a penalty but for the home side! There was an element of shock and surprise for most Killie fans - few of us anticipated the performance, the commitment, the desire and, of course, the result. It's a pity the next league game is now a couple of weeks away as the team can build on the confidence gained and knowing they can clearly compete with one of the supposed top sides. Consistency is now needed - both in team selection and also in performances.
The next two games will provide an idea of where the team are likely to finish in what is currently a tight league. As part of Lee Clark's Blue and White Army enjoy the journey and don't stop believing!
Match Note: Kris Boyd's 29th min strike was his 250th goal in British football.
Lee Clark: "It feels like a very good performance. I thought we were excellent. We have only been pegged back by a world-class free-kick. We have to knock the negativity around this football club on its head. It's not doom and gloom in our dressing room. It's a very, very long shot (that Chris Burke would sign). He's a fantastic pro. He's great to have around. It would be difficult but I would love it to happen. It's tough to single out anybody. We had five academy players in the starting 11, six if you include Barrie McKay in the Rangers team! It's a great credit to the people behind the scenes. They deserve a pat on the back. I've said that's the standard for our performance level." - BBC, 26th August 2016
Kris Boyd: “We’ve been put down as favourites for relegation. So to draw and put on a performance like that especially after being down to 10 men is excellent. I love this club and it's great to get on the scoresheet at any time. It’s got us a point. We’ve taken a lot of criticism but we will hopefully push on from this.” - BBC, 26th August 2016
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