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Kilmarnock 1-0 Motherwell

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Highlights: Kilmarnock 1-0 Motherwell

Kilmarnock made it back-to-back home wins as Scott Boyd grabbed the only goal against Motherwell at Rugby Park.

The defender was able to ram in the loose ball after visiting goalkeeper Russell Griffiths flapped at a corner.

Killie keeper Jamie MacDonald made good stops to deny Craig Tanner and Alex Fisher, twice, while Well substitute George Newell went close with a shot.

Griffiths did well to keep out efforts from Jordan Jones and Greg Kiltie but the hosts did not need a second.

The Ayrshire side, unbeaten in four outings, are now just one point behind the visitors, who drop to seventh place in the Premiership after a fourth successive defeat.

The feel-good factor around Kilmarnock since the arrival of manager Steve Clarke has been palpable and there was certainly an expectation going into this one against out-of-sorts opponents.

It was no great surprise to see both sides playing direct football at the start of the match but it was Motherwell who settled and they had a fabulous chance to take the lead on 11 minutes. Gael Bigirimana swept in a super cross that was met on the half-volley by Tanner just inside the six-yard box but instead of the net bulging, MacDonald blocked from point-blank range.

Chris Burke was looking lively on the Kilmarnock right and he whipped in a good ball that his former Rangers team-mate Kris Boyd failed to anticipate and headed over from eight yards.

The home fans once again had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping Motherwell out, this time just before the break. Fisher tried his luck from 12 yards after neat build-up play but once again MacDonald stood firm and parried it away.

George Newell went close to finding an equaliser for Motherwell
George Newell went close to finding an equaliser for Motherwell

When the opener came, it did so pretty much against the run of play. Burke curled in a corner from the left and when Griffiths failed to claim it, the ball dropped for Boyd to smash it home from a tight angle.

Just after the interval, MacDonald was at it again, his double heroics denying close-range efforts from Andy Rose and Fisher as the visitors pushed for an equaliser.

His opposite number also impressed shortly afterwards. A shot from substitute Jordan Jones was deflected by defender Cedric Kipre and Russell had to quickly readjust to save with his feet.

After a sticky first half, this was suddenly turning into a very decent game.

With Motherwell determined to turn some decent passages of play into something more tangible, Newell picked up the ball on the right, powered towards the box and flashed the ball just wide on the angle. It felt as the visitors were getting closer.

However, the final chance fell to home replacement Kiltie, who should have made it two when he found himself one-on-one with Griffiths but again the Motherwell keeper got down low to block.

Kilmarnock celebrate Scott Boyd's goal at Rugby Park

Post-match reaction

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke: "Motherwell made us fight for everything, as we expected. It was a scrappy goal but it was one of those games that a scrappy goal was always going to win and I'm pleased we got it.

"Jamie MacDonald has been good since I got to the club and today, when we needed him, he made some great saves.

"We're getting the rub of the green, the wee bounce of the ball that probably wasn't going for us before I got here. I said to the players that when you are in a moment like that it's important to maximise it and pick up the points."

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "How we've not won the game, never mind come away with nothing, is a really hard one to take.

"That is probably our best away performance of the season; better than Aberdeen. But the harsh reality is that Russell [Griffiths] has been punished for his one mistake.

"We had chance after chance and we didn't take them. Those are the two areas we need to improve on but, in terms of the boys' attitude and application, we can't do a whole lot more. I'll take a lot of positives from today."

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 16Boyd
  • 5BroadfootBooked at 88mins
  • 12Taylor
  • 6PowerSubstituted forJonesat 56'minutes
  • 8Dicker
  • 24Mulumbu
  • 29BurkeSubstituted forErwinat 86'minutes
  • 25BrophySubstituted forKiltieat 76'minutes
  • 9Boyd

Substitutes

  • 10Kiltie
  • 11Jones
  • 15Thomas
  • 18Waters
  • 22Erwin
  • 23Hawkshaw
  • 26Bell

Motherwell

  • 13Griffiths
  • 21Kipre
  • 18Dunne
  • 3Hammell
  • 2Tait
  • 4GrimshawSubstituted forRoseat 48'minutes
  • 5BigirimanaSubstituted forMacLeanat 80'minutes
  • 8McHughBooked at 79mins
  • 27Tanner
  • 12Bowman
  • 17FisherSubstituted forNewellat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Rose
  • 19Xenodochof
  • 20Petravicius
  • 22Campbell
  • 24Newell
  • 26MacLean
  • 43Livingstone
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
4,179

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Motherwell 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Motherwell 0.

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Tanner (Motherwell).

Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Carl McHugh (Motherwell).

Attempt saved. Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Ross MacLean (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Booking

Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

George Newell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock).

Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Erwin replaces Chris Burke.

Attempt missed. Cedric Kipre (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

Craig Tanner (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Hand ball by George Newell (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Ross MacLean replaces Gael Bigirimana.

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

Booking

Carl McHugh (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl McHugh (Motherwell).

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Greg Kiltie replaces Eamonn Brophy.

Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. George Newell (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Chris Burke (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Tanner (Motherwell).

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Craig Tanner (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. George Newell replaces Alex Fisher.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Craig Tanner (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic17125041113041
2Aberdeen19123432211139
3Rangers19113538231536
4Hibernian198652825330
5Hearts186661719-224
6St Johnstone187382027-724
7Motherwell187292426-223
8Kilmarnock195772226-422
9Hamilton195592732-520
10Dundee1953112029-918
11Ross County1944111931-1216
12Partick Thistle1835101634-1814
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