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No. of Shots

4 9

Shots on Target

2 2

Possession

48% 52%

Fouls Conceded

18 22

Corners Won

1 3

Discipline

Goals None

McKenna 66

Killie Team

Bachmann, O'Donnell, Broadfoot  (36 mins), Findlay  (84 mins), Taylor , Power, Dicker, Mulumbu, (Millar 77), Burke, (McAlney 67), Brophy, (K Boyd 77 ).  McKenzie  (90 +4).  
Subs Not Used: MacDonald, Bruce, Ndjoli, Millen.  

Attendance: 6,531

Man of the Match Vote

Match Recap

A headed goal by Scott McKenna midway through the second half separated the teams after Kirk Broadfoot had been sent off in the first half for a lunge on Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis.

He was later joined by Stuart Findlay for a second yellow card challenge on Graeme Shinnie and Rory McKenzie after a scrap with Dom Ball in injury time when the Aberdeen player got away with what looked like a head butt on the Killie player.

Before a ball was kicked, a look at the league table told its own story. These two teams were locked on 58 points from 33 games, with Killie’s goal difference of three edging them into third spot. Even their head-to-heads - a win each and a draw - failed to give a clue how this one would go in the heat of an Ayrshire Easter weekend.

Comments

Steve Clarke: "Since I've been here, he's (referee Steven McLean) always seemed to struggle with Kilmarnock games.  Maybe, or definitely, that's because his father was a player here for so many years. Whether he feels the pressure of that, it seems to affect his performance.

"I have mentioned privately that maybe Steven shouldn't referee Kilmarnock games just to take that burden, that extra pressure, off him. Now I'm saying it publicly.

"I think it would be better for Steven as a referee and for Kilmarnock as club. Kirk Broadfoot made a genuine attempt to go for the ball," he said. "He went with no violence, no malice, it was a genuine attempt to play the ball. We'll appeal that one.

"Stuart Findlay was a second yellow. I've no problem with that. The Rory MacKenzie one, the referee didn't see. So I'm assuming the guy that was standing next to me (fourth official), 50 yards away from the incident, gave it. From where I was standing you couldn't see what happened. Maybe they have to explain that one as well. We'll definitely appeal Rory's."

Scott McKenna headed in the only goal as the Dons leapfrogged the Ayrshire side into third place in the Premiership.

"Aberdeen came to do a specific job, They were looking to score off set-plays, they had a lot of big boys in their team and that's what they did.

"Congratulations to Aberdeen but that's the worst refereeing performance I've ever seen in my career. I told the referee after the game. I shook his hand and told him he was number one." 

"It’s disappointing to lose, but circumstances went against us today and we have to try and pick up points elsewhere.”

“The crowd are important, they were fantastic today. I’m disappointed we couldn’t put on a better performance for them. The opposition dug in and made it brutal to watch.

"The crowd were great and backed us all the way. I think they realised the effort the ten men were putting in - and then nine, then eight. I’m grateful for their support." 

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