No. of Shots
Shots on Target
Jamie MacDonald, Lee Hodson, Mark O'Hara, Conrad Balatoni, Miles Addison, Rory McKenzie (Adam Frizzell 79), Gary Dicker, Julien Faubert, Greg Kiltie, Kallum Higginbotham (Josh Magennis 63), Kris Boyd.
Subs Not Used: Conor Brennan, Stuart Findlay, Alex Henshall, Craig Slater, Lee Ashcroft.
Alan Walker @ Firhill Stadium
After a battling performance against champions Celtic, Killie had a couple of weeks to lick their wounds and prepare for the second visit to Firhill this season. Clark is running out of time to get Killie out of the playoff zone, and hopefully that’ll be an upwards move as opposed to a visit to the Championship. In his efforts, Clark replaced Lee Ashcroft with new signing Miles Addison and the big centre-back had a great first game.
Killie’s last game against Thistle was a 5-2 humping with a certain ex-Killie favourite getting two. This game, however, was to be a completely different story with Thistle failing to get single short on target and Killie getting little more.
Miles Addison almost got his Killie career off to a flying start. Faubert, who is becoming the player that Killie fans hoped he would be, sent in a long looping cross from a free kick. Addison muscled his marker out the way and was unlucky to see his header bounce off the post and away from danger. The frustration was clearly evident from the big man’s reaction – plenty more of that to come.
The rest of the first half can be summed up with a couple of off-target Thistle shots and a very, very weak Boyd shot which rolled into Cerny’s hands.
The second half started in much the same vein as the first; with Killie having the better of the possession but coming up against a resolute Thistle team with time-wasting on their minds.
McKenzie hasn’t been prolific in front of goal this season, much like everyone else, but was unlucky not to score near the start of the second half. Another looping cross from Faubert was spilled by Cerny under pressure from Boyd. Rory got in front of his man but Cerny had recovered enough to divert the short onto the junction of the post and cross bar. The Thistle fans were delighted to see the offside flag being raised when Boyd tapped in the rebound.
Killie fans were just as delighted when Pogba’s ‘goal’ was judged correctly offside.
Clark replaced the ineffective Higginbotham for a more direct approach in the form of Magennis. The Northern Irishman did as he does and ran fast at the opposing players with the ball, but didn’t create much in the way of decent chances for himself, or his team-mates. His one golden opportunity to tee up Boyd for a tap-in was ruined when his pass went too far behind Boyd, who skied it instead of leaving it for Kiltie at the back post.
And that was about it. Plenty of huffing and puffing but an unfit natural goalscorer and a fit non-goalscorer means that while Killie’s defence looks to be sorted, their goalscoring woes are far from over.
Next up is St. Johnstone at home who may still need a win to secure top six status. Watch out for Faubert though, who might have a point to prove against the Perthshire side after having trained with them before joining Killie.
Lee Clark: "We've got to look above us and keep going and keep fighting, Obviously, Dundee United are putting a terrific run together but we are capable of doing that. We've got to keep focused on what we're doing. Our Achilles heel over the course of the season has been two things; conceding too many goals but also not scoring enough. We've certainly addressed the situation defensively, we just need to score more goals. Our predicament means we need to approach the games to win'. Today we've had opportunities but didn't get a little bit of luck; Miles Addison hitting the post and another opportunity hitting the crossbar. It's frustrating not to win but we need to look forward now to St Johnstone. [On Boyd miss] Kris said it was a little bit behind him, You wouldn't want that chance to fall to any other player on both teams - that's what he's made his living off. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be and that seems to be the luck that's deserting us. We're making chances, we just need to be more ruthless and get a little bit of lady luck."