Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 1.
Motherwell earned their first win under Mark McGhee as Louis Moult poked in a late goal at Rugby Park.
The game looked destined to end in a stalemate with neither team looking able to produce sufficient spark up front to earn all three points.
Kilmarnock had enjoyed the better of the overall play but rarely tested the Motherwell goal.
And they paid for that in the closing moments as the ball broke to substitute Moult to fire past Jamie MacDonald.
It was rather cruel on the home side who had looked the likelier to score, though both teams struggled for much of the game to create meaningful opportunities.
Indeed, the only effort on goal of any note in the first half came a minute before the interval when Kallum Higginbotham played a short free kick to Rory McKenzie and the captain rifled a shot goalwards from 20 yards, but Connor Ripley dealt with it comfortably.
The first test of MacDonald in the home goal didn't materialise until early in the second half but though Theo Robinson's header was powerful enough it was straight into the arms of the keeper.
Higginbotham made Ripley work again midway through the second period with a fine strike on the half-volley from outside the box, but the keeper got down sharply to keep the shot out.
Killie began to carve out shooting opportunities, with Greg Kiltie, Josh Magennis and Rory McKenzie all failing to hit the target from good positions.
And so it fell to Moult to snatch the points; he would have had a second in the closing seconds but for a good save by MacDonald.
The visitors will settle for the narrow victory though as they recorded their first win in five games.
- 5FindlayBooked at 56mins
- 22McHattieBooked at 36mins
- 7McKenzieBooked at 67mins
- 23KiltieSubstituted forObadeyiat 72'minutes
- 11HigginbothamSubstituted forBoydat 85'minutes
- 28MagennisBooked at 77mins
- 15ChalmersBooked at 60mins
- 7AinsworthBooked at 36minsSubstituted forTaylorat 90+1'minutes
- 17RobinsonSubstituted forMoultat 63'minutes
- 77McDonaldSubstituted forFletcherat 85'minutes
- Bobby Madden
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 1.
Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Rory McKenzie.
Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.
Attempt saved. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.
Attempt saved. Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Substitution, Motherwell. Jake Taylor replaces Lionel Ainsworth.
Attempt blocked. Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).
Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Wes Fletcher (Motherwell).
Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 1. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Kallum Higginbotham.
Substitution, Motherwell. Wes Fletcher replaces Scott McDonald.
Attempt missed. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).
Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.