Scottish Premiership
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Inverness CT 1-1 Kilmarnock

Souleymane Coulibaly scores a penalty
Souleymane Coulibaly's first-half penalty gave Kilmarnock the lead

Kilmarnock were left to rue missed chances as Inverness hit back for a share of the points at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

Souleymane Coulibaly won and scored a penalty after a clumsy shove from defender Brad McKay.

Coulibaly had a shot blocked and headed over from close range, while Kris Boyd and Rory McKenzie both hit a post.

And Killie paid the price for those misses when an unmarked Lonsana Doumbouya levelled from close range.

Kilmarnock denied

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Interviews: Richie Foran & Lee Clark

The value of consecutive wins in the Scottish Premiership is there for all to see.

Kilmarnock were on course for that and a place in the top six. You'll imagine they'll feel hard done by, although credit to the home side for persevering when not at their best.

The visitors' performance resonated with the one that secured victory against St Johnstone last week, although in fairness they were more attacking in spells today.

Their goal came early and Coulibaly might have added a second minutes later when he failed to convert from six yards.

From there, they looked threatening going forward and managed to contain and frustrate their opponents.

There seems a solidity about Kilmarnock now and if they can get their more creative players on the ball they can hurt sides.

They certainly restricted the home side who were frustrated throughout, but will be delighted to have ended on level terms.

Lonsana Doumbouya
Lonsana Doumbouya (second left) watches as his late shot hits the net

Defend well, attack well

There hasn't been too much focus on Kilmarnock's forward thinking players, but in Jordan Jones, McKenzie and Coulibaly they possess significant talent.

Jones has great pace and it seems to posses a final ball to match that.

He came close to settling this on the break but was unlucky to see his effort deflected wide with substitute Boyd also unfortunate to see his shot deflect onto a post.

Kilmarnock's shape looks effective and is giving those up top the platform to perform and deliver important results at this stage of the season.

The win evaded them but similar performances will deliver reasonable success.

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Highlights: Inverness CT 1-1 Kilmarnock

Another late show

It looked like a damaging result for the home side before Doumbouya tapped home.

Yet again though, they delivered an equaliser late on after doing so against Hamilton and Celtic in recent games.

That shows spirit and determination.

Richie Foran will be concerned at an inability to build sustained pressure with their main striker Doumbouya a spectator for long spells.

Often, Inverness play with pace and get their wide players involved but that element of their play was sadly lacking with Jake Mulraney completely lacking service or impact.

Liam Polworth didn't offer much on the other side although did have a fabulous opportunity from seven yards, but inexplicably tried to square the ball when the shot was by far the best option.

Manager Richie Foran made changes but to little effect. Teams don't perform in every game but Inverness seemed to lack a plan B, however they did dig out a result when not playing at their best.

Kilmarnock though deserve credit for managing the game very well indeed.

Inverness CT Richie Foran
Inverness CT Richie Foran

Manager reaction

Inverness' Richie Foran: "The spirit is always there but it was a bit of quality we were lacking today. Too many players had an off day.

"We gave away a silly penalty and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. We were lucky not to maybe go two down.

"We kept going, we created chances but our final ball was quite poor. Maybe it's a fair result.

"Lets give them (Kilmarnock) credit. They looked really good but we have to be better.

"I look at myself. Was my team-talk good enough. I'll go away and have a look at myself. I told the players they had an off day go and have a look at yourselves before you blame other people."

Kilmarnock's Lee Clark: "Very disappointed and it's a strange feeling because whenever you come away from home and get a point or three it's always a positive result.

"We've taken four points from two away games. In normal circumstances you'd be delighted with that.

"We were the dominant team from start to finish. We knew towards the end they'd commit bodies forward and take risks.

"We're frustrated at the goal we've given away. They deserved another clean sheet, we certainly deserved to win. We've hit the woodwork a couple of times as well.

"We're showing to people we are a strong team.

"It's learning to do what suits you as a group. Whenever we get positive results our work ethic is better than the oppositions.

"It was a quiet dressing room in there but it wasn't to be."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 22McKaySubstituted forBodenat 79'minutes
  • 5Warren
  • 6MeekingsBooked at 80mins
  • 3Tremarco
  • 16Tansey
  • 11VigursBooked at 90mins
  • 7PolworthBooked at 63mins
  • 8DraperSubstituted forDoran Coganat 56'minutes
  • 15MulraneySubstituted forKingat 65'minutes
  • 26Doumbouya

Substitutes

  • 2Raven
  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 17Horner
  • 18Fisher
  • 19Boden
  • 20King
  • 31Mackay

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 27HendrieBooked at 88mins
  • 4Addison
  • 16BoydBooked at 26mins
  • 6SmithSubstituted forSmithat 65'minutes
  • 7McKenzie
  • 8Dicker
  • 24Taylor
  • 11Jones
  • 19CoulibalySubstituted forBoydat 78'minutes
  • 12Tyson

Substitutes

  • 3Smith
  • 5Boyle
  • 9Boyd
  • 20Bojaj
  • 21Frizzell
  • 31Mackay
  • 43Paterson
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
2,591

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 1, Kilmarnock 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 1, Kilmarnock 1.

Booking

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock).

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Booking

Luke Hendrie (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Hendrie (Kilmarnock).

Billy King (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luke Hendrie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 1, Kilmarnock 1. Lonsana Doumbouya (Inverness CT) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Boden.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Attempt blocked. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Lonsana Doumbouya (Inverness CT) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Scott Boden replaces Brad McKay.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Souleymane Coulibaly.

Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Attempt saved. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Brad McKay (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Steven Smith replaces Martin Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Billy King replaces Jake Mulraney.

Attempt saved. Souleymane Coulibaly (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Miles Addison (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT).

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Tyson (Kilmarnock).

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic87102681822
2Aberdeen9531178918
3Hearts9522167917
4Rangers94321111015
5St Johnstone9423119214
6Inverness CT102441318-510
7Ross County10244814-610
8Kilmarnock102441020-1010
9Motherwell92341114-39
10Hamilton91531115-48
11Partick Thistle91441014-47
12Dundee9135814-66
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