Scottish Premiership
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Kilmarnock 0-0 Dundee

Josh Magennis has a shot for Kilmarnock against Dundee
Josh Magennis (centre) stretched Dundee in the first half

Lee Clark had to be content with a draw as he tasted top-flight football in Scotland for the first time as Kilmarnock manager.

Two goal-line clearances frustrated the hosts' Josh Magennis in the first half.

Dundee had the better of the second half and saves by Jamie MacDonald denied Paul McGowan and Kane Hemmings.

A point may well prove vital in Killie's quest to avoid the relegation play-off spot, which they currently occupy.

The Rugby Park side have taken four points from the last six available, leaving them level with Partick Thistle and 11 points ahead of Dundee United, while Dundee's fine run extends to five games unbeaten.

Chances galore but no goals

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark
Clark was appointed Killie boss on Monday

The Ayrshire side almost got their new manager's Premiership stewardship off to the perfect start.

Craig Slater and Greg Kiltie combined to release Magennis, who turned Darren O'Dea before slotting the ball beyond goalkeeper Scott Bain only for Kevin Holt to clear off the line.

Magennis was proving a handful for the Dundee defence and he brought out a fine save from Bain with a driven shot.

Greg Stewart had the visitors' first real effort after getting beyond Kevin McHattie but his angled shot was deflected wide by the outstretched leg of Conrad Balatoni.

It was a fast tempo affair but the home side came close from two corner kicks.

Gary Dicker volleyed McHattie's cross just over and Magennis then had a header blocked on the line by Nick Ross.

In between those chances a Slater free-kick from wide on the left almost caught out Bain but the keeper managed to readjust and flick the ball away.

On the half-hour mark after withstanding some Killie pressure Stewart robbed Slater in the middle of the park before setting up Rory Loy, a former Killie youth player, who turned a first-time effort over the bar.

Paul Hartley's team started the second period sprightly and Hemmings blasted wide from 20 yards within seconds of the restart.

The big striker then turned provider, setting up Paul McGowan for a powerful left-foot shot from 12 yards that was superbly turned round the post by MacDonald.

Hemmings, who had scored 14 goals in his previous 14 appearances, looked again to add to his tally with another sweet strike that MacDonald blocked well diving to his left.

The visitors came close to clinching the winner right at the end when Thomas Konrad nodded just wide of MacDonald's left-hand post.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 27Hodson
  • 26Balatoni
  • 5Findlay
  • 22McHattieBooked at 90mins
  • 19Slater
  • 29Dicker
  • 7McKenzie
  • 23KiltieSubstituted forHigginbothamat 61'minutes
  • 16ObadeyiSubstituted forBoydat 62'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 9Boyd
  • 11Higginbotham
  • 13Brennan
  • 14O'Hara
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 20Carrick
  • 39Frizzell

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4Konrad
  • 21O'Dea
  • 3Holt
  • 18McGowan
  • 17Ross
  • 7Stewart
  • 29HarkinsSubstituted forWightonat 84'minutes
  • 9LoyBooked at 86mins
  • 15Hemmings

Substitutes

  • 12Mitchell
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 22Rodríguez Pérez Reverte
  • 24Black
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 30Kerr
  • 33Wighton
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
3,688

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Dundee 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Dundee 0.

Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Josh Magennis.

Attempt missed. Rory Loy (Dundee) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Kevin McHattie (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Kilmarnock).

Rory Loy (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Rory Loy (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Craig Wighton replaces Gary Harkins.

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Dundee) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Gary Harkins (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Kilmarnock).

Gary Harkins (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Tope Obadeyi.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kallum Higginbotham replaces Greg Kiltie.

Kevin McHattie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Stewart (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Paul McGowan (Dundee) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul McGinn (Dundee).

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Kilmarnock 0, Dundee 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Dundee 0.

Attempt saved. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Kevin McHattie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic26194369214861
2Aberdeen26174545291655
3Hearts25128546262044
4Ross County27113134243-136
5St Johnstone25105104141035
6Dundee2681083941-234
7Inverness CT258893336-332
8Motherwell2785143043-1329
9Hamilton2778123147-1629
10Partick Thistle237792228-628
11Kilmarnock2777132948-1928
12Dundee Utd2645172650-2417
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