Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premiership
Saturday, December 5th, 2015, 3:00 PM at Rugby Park
Attendance: 2,828
Referee: John Beaton
Kilmarnock Dundee Utd

Kris Boyd (4) Billy Mckay (pen.) (24)

Team Managers
Gary Locke Mixu Paatelainen

Starting Eleven
Jamie MacDonald
Steven Smith
Jamie Hamill
Stuart Findlay
Mark Connolly
Kris Boyd
Mark O'Hara
Craig Slater
Tope Obadeyi
Conrad Balatoni
Josh Magennis
Michal Szromnik
Paul Dixon
Mark Durnan
Ryan McGowan
Seán Dillon
Gavin Gunning
John Souttar
Blair Spittal
John Rankin
Florent Sinama Pongolle
Billy Mckay

Mark Ridgers
Ross Barbour
Scott Robinson
Lee Ashcroft
Dale Carrick
Kevin McHattie
Greg Kiltie
Luis Zwick
Coll Donaldson
Euan Spark
Guy Demel
Scott Fraser
Chris Erskine
Aidan Connolly

Kevin McHattie for Steven Smith (59)
Greg Kiltie for Tope Obadeyi (64)
Dale Carrick for Kris Boyd (88)
Aidan Connolly for Florent Sinama Pongolle (77)
Chris Erskine for Blair Spittal (81)

Craig Slater (22)
Jamie Hamill (71)
John Souttar (34)

Red Cards
Stuart Findlay (23) None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michal Szromnik (GK) 10 apps -
Seán Dillon 308 apps6 goals
Paul Dixon 173 apps5 goals
Mark Durnan 18 apps -
John Souttar 68 apps2 goals
Gavin Gunning 102 apps10 goals
Ryan McGowan 36 apps1 goal
John Rankin 182 apps11 goals
Blair Spittal 47 apps5 goals
Florent Sinama Pongolle 1 app (debut) -
Billy Mckay 13 apps7 goals
Chris Erskine (sub) 57 apps10 goals
Aidan Connolly (sub) 35 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:John Souttar (19 years 75 days)
Oldest Player:John Rankin (32 years 169 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 78 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Euan Spark (19 years 10 days)
Oldest Player:Guy Demel (34 years 183 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 80 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Florent Sinama Pongolle(Signed November 27th, 2015)


It was the hosts who got off to the perfect start when four minutes in Kris Boyd latched onto a pinpoint Josh Magennis cross and guided it into the back of the net. Just eight minutes later Kilmarnock were inches away from doubling their lead, a defensive mix-up seeing the ball fall invitingly for Tope Obadeyi at the back post, however, the attacker was unable to gather any real connection from his shot and Michal Szromnik pounced to clear the ball to safety. Goalscorer Boyd, who has proved a thorn in the United’s defence throughout the striker’s career, almost added another, but the striker could only scuff an effort wide of the target after Magennis had once again set him up. Just five minutes before the half hour mark however, United were back on level terms, Billy Mckay coolly sending Jamie MacDonald the wrong way from the penalty spot after Stuart Findlay was shown a straight red for a late challenge on Ryan McGowan after a goal-mouth scramble inside the box. United thereafter did manage to get a real foothold of the game, and Billy Mckay could have put Paatelainen’s side in the lead had his one-on-one effort with Jamie MacDonald not been saved from close range.

In complete contrast to the beginning of the first-half, United started the second the stronger of the two sides and should have been awarded a penalty just five minutes after the interval. Blair Spittal, whilst in a dangerous position inside the box, was shaping to shoot before having his shirt pulled back by a very fortunate Kilmarnock defender. Right on the hour mark, United created yet another massive opportunity to take the lead when Blair Spittal, yet again, took up a dangerous position inside the box, before firing a tame effort into the palms of the impressive MacDonald. Terrific play from United almost saw Paul Dixon convert from inside the box, John Souttar sucking in three defenders before slipping the ball through to Dixon in a tight angle whose ferocious effort was driven just wide of the target. With 15 minutes remaining however, it was Killie’s turn to try and take the lead. This time, Craig Slater looped a fantastic effort from the edge of the box over Szromnik and off the frame of the goal.

Manager's Comment:
"We had clear cut chances like last week so that's a positive. That means that our passing is at a standard that allows us to get those goal-scoring opportunities. We just simply need to take them. We're getting there, we're working hard and our general play is not too bad. The goal we conceded was so, so sloppy and so stupid. It was a fantastic ball into the box but we should defence that situation better.”

Fan's Comment:
"Hard to know whether or not this was a good point. It is if you consider how hard it has been to collect points recently but not if we want to cut the gap on the teams above.”

Formation: 3-5-1-1
Captain: Seán Dillon
Arab Archive 'Man of the Match': Blair Spittal

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Match report written by Joe James

Photography by DUFC Official

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