Scottish Premiership
KilmarnockKilmarnock1St MirrenSt Mirren0

Kilmarnock 1-0 St Mirren

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Rugby Park

Kilmarnock made it seven matches unbeaten, Lee Miller's late strike stunning Premiership bottom side St Mirren.

The visitors had looked poised to creep above Motherwell on goal difference with an arguably deserved point until the substitute's intervention.

It prolongs Gary Locke's impressive unbeaten record since taking over as interim Kilmarnock boss.

In truth though the game could have gone either way.

The goal that settled it - Miller's first for the club - was crisply taken by the well-travelled striker, as he converted Josh Magennis's square ball with three minutes remaining.

Manuel Pascali and Alan Gow
Manuel Pascali and Alan Gow tussle for possession in the first half

It was the culmination of some late pressure from the home side but St Mirren looked disconsolate as they trooped off at full-time, having had the better chances over the course of the 90 minutes.

Their best spell was the first 20 minutes or so during which Jim Goodwin had a shot tipped over the bar and Steven Thompson was twice denied an opening goal.

James Dayton, though, came closest against his former club, rattling the crossbar with a beautifully struck volley from Jeroen Tesselaar's cross.

Nathan Eccleston had chances at the other end as Alexei Eremenko began to pull the strings in midfield but a largely forgettable second half eventually burst into life with Miller's late strike and more misery for the travelling Buddies fans.

Locke's men are now within a point of seventh-place Dundee, who have a game in hand. Gary Teale's St Mirren remain a point behind Well.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 2Barbour
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 29Pascali
  • 26O'Hara
  • 10Johnston
  • 19SlaterBooked at 90mins
  • 20EremenkoSubstituted forCairneyat 60'minutes
  • 16ObadeyiSubstituted forMillerat 74'minutes
  • 14EcclestonSubstituted forKiltieat 85'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 9Miller
  • 11Cairney
  • 13Brennan
  • 15Smith
  • 30Kiltie
  • 36Syme
  • 37Splaine

St Mirren

  • 12Ridgers
  • 2Naismith
  • 6Goodwin
  • 52GenevBooked at 90mins
  • 22TesselaarBooked at 68minsSubstituted forArquinat 89'minutes
  • 31Mallan
  • 7McGinn
  • 17DaytonSubstituted forSadlierat 67'minutes
  • 8Gow
  • 3KellySubstituted forWyldeat 80'minutes
  • 9Thompson

Substitutes

  • 10Sadlier
  • 11Wylde
  • 14Reilly
  • 15Arquin
  • 28Kello
  • 30Baird
  • 32Mclear
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
4,721

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, St. Mirren 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, St. Mirren 0.

  3. Booking

    Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

  5. Post update

    Alan Gow (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Viktor Genev.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Viktor Genev.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Mark Ridgers.

  9. Booking

    Viktor Genev (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Viktor Genev (St. Mirren).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Yoann Arquin replaces Jeroen Tesselaar.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Kilmarnock 1, St. Mirren 0. Lee Miller (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Magennis.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Greg Kiltie replaces Nathan Eccleston.

  14. Post update

    Nathan Eccleston (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Viktor Genev (St. Mirren).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Gregg Wylde replaces Sean Kelly because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Manuel Pascali.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Miller replaces Tope Obadeyi.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic27203456144263
2Aberdeen28193649262360
3Inverness CT28165742291353
4Dundee Utd27144949381146
5Hamilton30126124142-142
6St Johnstone29125122530-541
7Dundee2810993939039
8Kilmarnock29108113136-538
9Partick Thistle2987143836231
10Ross County2967163154-2325
11Motherwell2964192254-3222
12St Mirren2963202247-2521
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