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Scottish Premiership: Dundee 1-1 Kilmarnock

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Dens Park
Conrad Balatoni equalised for Kilmarnock
Conrad Balatoni (second from right) equalised for Kilmarnock

Dundee's chances of finishing in seventh place in the Premeirship suffered a blow after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Kilmarnock.

Rory Loy gave the home side a first-half lead with a header after dominating proceedings.

They had chances to increase their lead, the best of which fell to Loy, but he could not find a second.

And Conrad Balatoni earned Kilmarnock a draw with a second-half header from Craig Slater's free-kick.

Kilmarnock know they can finish no better than 11th and face a play-off next week against either Hibernian or Falkirk to remain in the top flight next season.

The home side began brightly with the carrot of a seventh-place finish still very much within their grasp.

Greg Stewart fired in a free-kick from an angle that evaded the Killie defence, but the ball cannoned off the legs of goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald in the visitors' goal and the danger was cleared.

The home fans didn't have to wait too long for the opener as Paul Hartley's side took command.

Nick Ross floated a ball into the box and Loy glanced a header beyond MacDonald into the top corner of the net.

It was Loy's ninth goal of what has been an injury-interrupted season for the former Falkirk striker.

Kilmarnock's Stuart Findlay was having a torrid time at left-back as he tried to keep tags on the impressive again Stewart.

There was a scare for the home side when a Ross pass back looked destined to head into the bottom corner of Scott Bain's goal, but the keeper scampered along the line to clear.

Loy should have doubled Dundee's lead before the break when clean through on goal but a heavy touch took the ball into the path of MacDonald and the chance was gone.

Kilmarnock looked a different proposition after their half-time cup of tea and the small band of supporters who had made their way up from Ayrshire were rewarded with an equaliser.

Rory Loy celebrates his goal for Dundee
Rory Loy celebrates his goal for Dundee

Balatoni soared above the home defence as a free-kick was floated into the box and nodded the ball beyond Bain into the net.

The goal woke up the home side who almost responded instantly but Darren O'Dea's header was cleared off the line by Miles Addison.

Dundee always looked lively going forward and substitute Arturo Juan-Perez chipped the ball over as he looked to restore the lead for the home side.

Loy was next to try his luck on goal but again he was denied by a wonderful save by MacDonald and as Stewart looked set to fire the rebound home Balatoni cleared the six yard box.

Dundee had the final chance of the game but not for the first time MacDonald denied Arturo and both teams finished with one point apiece.

What the managers said:

Dundee boss Paul Hartley: "We had enough chances to win the game by four or five goals, especially in the first half when the game should have been out of sight.

"The first half was excellent - our combination play, our movement - but everything in the second half wasn't quite the same.

"We lost a really bad goal. We didn't defend the ball in the box. You've got to pick people up."

Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark: "We were very, very disappointed in our performance in that first half. It was very lethargic, very flat and nothing like what we had based some of our previous performances on.

"But we had a good conversation at half-time and came out much, much better. We got the goal and had other opportunities to score.

"However, when the players can produce what they did in the second half, you have to put that first-half display down to a mental situation because it was such a huge difference.

"We are not a group who can switch off like that. Our success has come off the back of real hard work and organisation. But we won't start like that again."

Line-ups

Dundee

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 21O'Dea
  • 3Holt
  • 17Ross
  • 35ColquhounBooked at 85mins
  • 33Wighton
  • 7Stewart
  • 9Loy
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forRodríguez Pérez Reverteat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Meggatt
  • 12Mitchell
  • 22Rodríguez Pérez Reverte
  • 24Black
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 27Curran

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21MacDonald
  • 4Addison
  • 5FindlaySubstituted forO'Haraat 35'minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 26BalatoniBooked at 50mins
  • 27Hodson
  • 29Dicker
  • 36FaubertSubstituted forSlaterat 45'minutes
  • 28Magennis
  • 39Frizzell
  • 23Kiltie
  • 9Boyd

Substitutes

  • 8Henshall
  • 13Brennan
  • 14O'Hara
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 19Slater
  • 32Taylor
  • 34Whittaker
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
4,335

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home6
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

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    Match ends, Dundee 1, Kilmarnock 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Kilmarnock 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Rory Loy (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Miles Addison (Kilmarnock).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Mark O'Hara.

  7. Post update

    Nick Ross (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

  10. Booking

    Calvin Colquhoun (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Calvin Colquhoun (Dundee).

  12. Post update

    Lee Hodson (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Greg Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Miles Addison (Kilmarnock).

  15. Post update

    Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Arturo (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Miles Addison.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rory Loy (Dundee) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.