Scottish Premiership
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Kilmarnock v Motherwell abandoned because of fog

Kilmarnock and Motherwell will meet on Thursday to discuss a rearranged date after their Scottish Premiership match was abandoned because of fog.

Neither side have a game this weekend, with Kilmarnock's next match against St Mirren not until 11 March, while Motherwell host Hamilton on 9 March.

Referee John Beaton said he had "no choice" after fog enveloped Rugby Park towards the end of the first half.

"It was very difficult for the players to see the ball in the air," he said.

Despite bringing the teams out again after the interval, Beaton soon halted play before consulting with his assistants and both managers.

He took the two teams off the field and, after a further delay, the decision was taken to abandon the match with no prospect of the fog lifting.

"The fans couldn't see the game and my assistants couldn't see the far side of the pitch either," Beaton added. "The safety of the players was my main concern, especially with the ball coming out of the sky.

"It was important we gave it a chance to lift but we quickly realised it was just impossible. So we had no choice but to abandon the match."

An unmarked Tom Aldred had earlier headed the visitors' best chance wide, with Eamonn Brophy curling an early effort narrowly off target for Kilmarnock.

'It's the right call' - reaction

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson: "It is frustrating because I thought we were dominating and probably should have gone into the break a goal up. That might have made it more interesting to cancel the game so we are probably glad it was 0-0 at the time.

"John [Beaton] gave it every chance but both sets of fans pay a lot of money to watch the game and if they can't see it, obviously it is pointless."

Kilmarnock assistant boss Alex Dyer: "It was the right decision by the ref, for the safety of the players, and the supporters can't see. So it is the right call."

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-3-3

  • 26Bachmann
  • 2O'DonnellBooked at 37mins
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 17Findlay
  • 18WatersBooked at 82mins
  • 27Tshibola
  • 8Dicker
  • 6Power
  • 29Burke
  • 15McAlenySubstituted forBrophyat 72'minutes
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 19minsSubstituted forJonesat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 9Boyd
  • 11Jones
  • 19Millar
  • 21Frizzell
  • 22Millen
  • 25Brophy

Motherwell

Formation 4-3-3

  • 20Gillespie
  • 14Grimshaw
  • 5AldredBooked at 83mins
  • 18Dunne
  • 2TaitBooked at 37mins
  • 8Campbell
  • 23Gorrin
  • 28Turnbull
  • 32Hastie
  • 9MainSubstituted forScottat 75'minutes
  • 12AriyibiSubstituted forFrearat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hartley
  • 11Frear
  • 13Ferguson
  • 19Sammon
  • 22Donnelly
  • 24Johnson
  • 35Scott
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
6,215

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Calum Waters.

  5. Booking

    Tom Aldred (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tom Aldred (Motherwell).

  8. Booking

    Calum Waters (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Calum Waters (Kilmarnock).

  10. Post update

    Mark Gillespie (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by James Scott (Motherwell).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Allan Campbell.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Jordan Jones replaces Rory McKenzie.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. James Scott replaces Curtis Main.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Eamonn Brophy replaces Conor McAleny.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Elliott Frear replaces Gboly Ariyibi.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Allan Campbell (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28213466165066
2Rangers28177464204458
3Aberdeen28155845331250
4Kilmarnock27137737271046
5Hearts28135103434044
6Hibernian28118942311141
7St Johnstone28115122836-838
8Motherwell27113133039-936
9Livingston2797112828034
10Hamilton2863191958-3921
11Dundee2846182460-3618
12St Mirren2735192055-3514
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