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35 minutes ago, The Deserter said:

I believe the last time was in September 1972. It was also a 2-1 win. An Eddie Morrison double cancelled out Tommy McLean's opener.

45 years, wow!

First time in my time of watching fitba it's happened then.

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1 minute ago, Fankle said:

I believe the last time was in September 1972. It was also a 2-1 win. An Eddie Morrison double cancelled out Tommy McLean's opener.

I think you're right and I seem to remember it was our first win of the season, which made it even more surprising. 

We ended up being relegated.

 

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What a glorious feeling it is skelping that mob. We absolutely battered them second half. I hate being outnumbered by those c**ts when we're at home but when this happens it makes it a whole lot more bearable. 

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30 minutes ago, fraz65 said:

That was my first game for over three years. I thought it was fantastic.

I can't understand what people have been complaining about. 

Love this. Welcome back. 

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1 hour ago, Chris1810 said:

That was great, but the rant by a zombie fan which came after it was quality.

”mulumbu, let’s talk about him, ah never talk about anyone but rangers players but somehow this guy managed to batter oor entire team by himsel.  We tried to get physical and we were bouncing aff him like flees bouncin aff a horse!”

brillaint the poor guy was sawyers like and couldn’t grasp that we had literally humped them in every position.

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Just a thought but Mulumbu is a devout Muslim...

Not that he seems bothered but should we not have an alternative, non-alcoholic prize for teetotal MoMs?

Good decision anyway. BT Sport asking Mulumbu to hand the champers (ditto above) to Boyd was ironic.

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4 minutes ago, skygod said:

Just a thought but Mulumbu is a devout Muslim...

Not that he seems bothered but should we not have an alternative, non-alcoholic prize for teetotal MoMs?

Good decision anyway. BT Sport asking Mulumbu to hand the champers (ditto above) to Boyd was ironic.

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Nah 

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We were sensational today. Mulumbu is such a class above, flinging their midfield about like ragdolls. Crowd were excellent again. Alan power btw has been nothing short of superb since clarke came in. Smart passing, wins tackles, can shift aswell. Rangers are mingin and 2-1 was flattering to them. Merry Christmas to all Killie fans :hurrah:

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38 minutes ago, skygod said:

Just a thought but Mulumbu is a devout Muslim...

Not that he seems bothered but should we not have an alternative, non-alcoholic prize for teetotal MoMs?

Good decision anyway. BT Sport asking Mulumbu to hand the champers (ditto above) to Boyd was ironic.

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At least he never turned down the award on religious grounds then  got caught drink driving like Yaya Toure. 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, skygod said:

Just a thought but Mulumbu is a devout Muslim...

I understood he was brought up in the Congo DR where Christianity is the predominant religion but his Wikipedia page says he is indeed a devout Muslim. 

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Five things we learned from Kilmarnock 2 - 1 Rangers

Joel Sked gives his take on Kilmarnock coming back from a goal down to defeat Graeme Murty’s Rangers.

Steve Clarke’s blue and white army

There is a feel-good factor returning to Kilmarnock Football Club and a lot of that is down to the former West Brom and Reading manager. There has been some great work done behind the scenes by the Killie staff as they try to connect with the community and make the club more progressive. Their work is helped when there is a totemic figure at the head of a team which is producing results. Kenny Shiels was someone the fans could look up to. But since then there is a been a general malaise as the club have worked through Allan Johnston, Gary Locke, Lee Clark and Lee McCulloch. Now there is someone of substance, a manager who has worked with some of the best players in football and pitted his wits against the very best managers.

Clarke couldn’t have asked for a harder start to his career at Killie but his influence was instant as the team were organised and robust in draws with both sides of the Old Firm. Yet, what was most telling was the fact fans stayed behind to clap the team off despite a 3-0 defeat at home to Hibernian. In his 11 league games in charge (discounting the 2-0 defeat of Partick Thistle), Killie have been outplayed once, a 3-1 defeat to Aberdeen which left Clarke fuming. Since then it has been four wins and a draw as the club jumped into the top six ahead of the 3pm kick-offs.

He has now made Rugby Park a more testing environment for away sides rather than the other way around, winning the last three at home. For the first time in a long time Kilmarnock are upwardly mobile. 

Magic Mulumbu

Another positive offshoot of Clarke’s arrival is the contacts and relationships he has built up. The Congolese international had effectively been sitting on the sofa after leaving Norwich City in the summer when he received the call from Clarke who had managed the player at West Brom.

Instantly he has slotted into the Killie midfield which had been a weak point, and what a difference he has made. Despite being short of match fitness, Mulumbu impressed Killie fans with his assured display in the 5-1 defeat of Partick Thistle, exiting after an hour. Since then he has played every minute.

Against Rangers he helped Clarke’s men dominate in the middle of the park and therefore control proceedings. He possesses all the qualities for a midfield general in Scotland. He is powerful, intelligent, strong and poised. With his ability to hold on to the ball under pressure he can attract a number of opposition players towards him before shifting the ball and giving team-mates more space to operate.

Sometimes players come up to the Scottish Premiership with a good CV and pedigree having performed in a ‘top league’ but then flopped. Mulumbu couldn’t be further from that.

No stopping Kris Boyd

No matter where he goes around the country, Boyd is often treated to the same slurs. And he eats it up ready to ram it back down the throats of the opposition fans when he inevitably nets.

In his second spell at Rugby Park Boyd was fantastic. He could play up front on his own, mobile enough to run the channels, hold the ball up and, of course, score. The third spell hasn’t been as prosperous. But that appears to be changing. Since arriving Clarke has extracted the best from the wily striker.

Wisely, Clarke has surrounded Boyd with legs. Eamonn Brophy and Boyd have struck up a fruitful partnership. Between them they have netted nine goals and provided four assists in the last five games.

The equalising goal was everything which is good about their partnership. Brophy spun and ran in behind before squaring for Boyd to finish. It wasn’t an easy finish for Boyd on his left, to control the ball past Wes Foderingham, keeping it down but he made it looks easy.

The second was pure instinct and took Kris Boyd on to 109 top-flight goals for the club, making him the joint-second highest in the club’s history.

Rangers rabble

Graeme Murty gave a strange post-match interview with BT Sport. The way he spoke about preventing Killie from building momentum, not giving away silly free-kicks and riding out pressure was akin to a manager of an underdog. The team selection, tactics and performance prior to that backed those comments up.

Without being disrespectful to Kilmarnock, you do not expect Rangers to line up with two full-backs on the left side of the pitch. On top of that, Rangers played a flat midfield four against Killie’s central three of Alan Power, Gary Dicker and the aforementioned Mulumbu. Jason Holt and Ross McCrorie simply couldn’t match the control, power and general ability of the Killie trio.

The goal, which was fine play, was scored against the run of play. Having appeared to survive an onslaught in the second half Murty made the mistake of not making a change and within a few minutes Killie were ahead with the equalising goal a shambles.

Ally McCoist said Rangers were soft. They are. On and off the pitch. Teams will look at the team sheet and simply shrug. There is nothing to fear, little to worry about.

Where are Rangers going?

Despite the club’s best efforts they won’t pull the wool over the fans’ eyes. They tried to do just that on Friday with their announcement of Graeme Murty as manager. Rightly so, the fans have great respect for Murty. He has carried out his role as interim manager in two spells with great dignity but he is not a long-term solution.

There is just so much uncertainty around the club, little direction.

The idea was to recruit a director of football then a manager. The opposite happened. Derek McInnes was the obvious target when the Pedro Caixinha era came to an early end as many predicted it would. Yet, all the club did was demonstrate their best quality: faffing about. Despite a vague holding statement there seemed little progress and when they did approach McInnes he said no leading to a petty, albeit amusing, statement.Now the club have decided after many weeks that Murty is the man to lead them forward. Well, until the end of the season at least.

Murty spoke about director of football Mark Allen having the final say on recruitment. Now it is said that Murty will have final say despite him possibly not being in position long-term.

It is a complete mess. Fans will continue to turn up in numbers as that’s what they have done and continue to do. But disgruntlement will increase and pressure on the board will mount.

(Scotsman)

 

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Fantastic performance. In years gone by we would need a bit of luck to beat Rangers. Today we totally outplayed them. In fact man for man we probably had the better team. The way we attacked them in the second half was amazing as were the goals by boydie. Two in two mins. Breaking the Rangers fans hearts. 

Huge congratulations to Steve Clarke, the board, the players and the fans for supporting. This is what being a killie fan is all about. 4 wins out of 5. 13 points from a possible 15. Fantastic. 

Amazingly the way league has been with the teams below us beating each other and not drawing we aren't actually as far ahead as we should be but in Stevie we trust. If we can get a few points from Hamilton and Hearts we should be going into the break in a really strong position. 

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5 minutes ago, kfc_superteam said:

Amazingly the way league has been with the teams below us beating each other and not drawing we aren't actually as far ahead as we should be but in Stevie we trust.

I know what you mean but for the first time in years we should be looking up at who we can catch instead of looking over our shoulders and worrying about other results. 

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25 minutes ago, skygod said:

Against Rangers he helped Clarke’s men dominate in the middle of the park and therefore control proceedings. He possesses all the qualities for a midfield general in Scotland. He is powerful, intelligent, strong and poised. With his ability to hold on to the ball under pressure he can attract a number of opposition players towards him before shifting the ball and giving team-mates more space to operate.


Wisely, Clarke has surrounded Boyd with legs. Eamonn Brophy and Boyd have struck up a fruitful partnership. Between them they have netted nine goals and provided four assists in the last five games.

 

 

Good article. Particularly agree with these points. The way Mulumbu attracts two, sometimes three players, then lays it off to a man in space is a joy to behold.

And "Clarke has surrounded Boyd with legs" is right. Previously he was getting hung out to dry, played in a system he's no longer suited to. Clarke knows the way to get the best out of him.

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mulumbo today reminded me of faubert (mind him?) when we played celtic at rugby park. ran the show. guys in midfield that have played at a top level and can use their body and touch to the point where they double and triple up and still cant get the ball! brilliant.

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