2010-2011

Season Diary 2010-2011

June 2010

 
Killie Welcome Mixu!

Chairman Michael Johnston begins the task of replacing Jimmy Calderwood, with first team coach Steve Kean of Blackburn, being his first choice, but this turns out to be a non-starter. Johnston then turns attentions towards Germany's World Cup-winning midfielder Thomas Hassler, who did interview, but knocks Killie back.

Weds June 23rd Mixu Paatelainen joins Kilmarnock as their new manager, agreeing a two-year deal with an option for a third.

Killie announce Verve the towns largest auto group will become the 2010-11 team sponsor. Cammy Bell agrees to a new 1 year deal.

July 2010

On July 1st Killie boss Mixu Paatelainen installs Kenny Shiels as his assistant at Rugby Park. During July Killie take part in the Devon based Joma tourney with the following results...Bideford 1 Killie 7 - Here, Blackpool 2 Killie 2 - Here. Then play a friendly and win ..Torrington 0 Killie 16 - Here

Mixu uses his contacts from far & away and adds the following players to Killie's squad.....David Da Silva, midfielder (CSKA Sofia); Ben Gordon, defender (Chelsea, loan); Kyle Letheren, goalkeeper (Plymouth); James Dayton, midfielder (unattached), Mohamadou Sissoko, defender (Udinese, loan); Harry Forrester, striker (Aston Villa, loan). To close out July Killie lose in a Fri PM match at Luton Town 0-1 - Here

Aug 2010



Hammy Nets Killie Winner At The Dons

Killie play their final pre-season Friendly drawing 0-0 with Spanish side Valladolid - Here.  Killie fans are starting to worry on where the goals are going to come from as no real striking threat has been added by Mixu.

Opening day see's Killie fall 1-2 at Ibrox, with Hamill converting a penalty. Naismith's goal proves to be the winner, with Naisy not overly celebrating his goal out of respect to the Killie fans, a little bit of class at least. Gordon, Dayton & De Silva all make their Killie debuts, as Killie unveiled a slick fast paced passing game. Cammy Bell is now firmly installed as Killie's No 1, with Alan Combe under going a double hernia operation.

Killie's home SPL opener was to be 0-1 loss to Motherwell. A lot of huff & puff with little end product from Dayton & Invincibile who were Killie's starting forwards. Mohamadou Sissoko was handed a debut, replacing the benched Liam Kelly as the only adjustment to the Rugby Park side for Mixu Paatelainen's first home game.

With no goals from open play in Killie's first 2 SPL matches, Mixu gave Conor Sammon his first start of the season against Airdrie Utd in Killie's 2nd round Co-Op Cup tie. "Feed the Fish & He Will Score" is born, as Sammon nets a hat-trick in Killie's 6-2 win. Also on target were Wright, Kelly, & Sissoko.

Killie's SPL fortunes take a turn for the better to end Aug with a fine team display in a 1-0 win at Aberdeen. Hamill was the Killie hero with 92nd min winner, taking full advantage of a lapse in the Dons back line.

Before the Aug transfer window closes Mixu signs 27-year-old Finnish international Alexei Eremenko (right) on a season-long loan from Ukraine club Metalist Kharkiv.

Killie finish the month in 7th place with 3 points from 3 matches.

Sept 2010



Fish Celebrates Late Accies Leveler!

To open SPL play for September Killie host the Buddies, and  take the lead with a James Dayton goal that would be contender for goal of the season. Unfortunately for Dayton he is lost for at least 6 months with a knee injury. However it was Killie debut boy Alexei Eremenko that seal the points with a dipping free-kick to give Killie a merited 2-1 win. Next were Celtic to come calling to Rugby Park, and despite taking an early lead through Conor Sammon, Killie eventually fell 1-2 with Killie also conceding their obligatory penalty kick to the Old Filth. Better was to follow as Killie trounced under fire Hughes Hibees 3-1 in the League Cup at home. A Hamill double along with De Silva doing the damage.

Next up was a visit to New Douglas Park, and Killie put in a horror first half show to fall two goals down. But 2 late goals from Hamill (pen) & the Fish inside the last 7 mins saved Killie's bacon, as the match ended 2-2. A draw that certainly felt like a win!

Killie closed out Sept hosting Ayr Utd in a 4-0 win, to commemorate Garry Hay's testimonial match, with just over 4,000 showing up!

Killie finish the month in 7th place with 7 points from 6 matches.

Oct 2010



Mixu's Boys Thump JJ's Boys

Killie start October with 3 successive 1-2 defeats, and fall to bottom of the SPL going into a Sunday SPL clash at in-form Hearts. For the record Killie lost to Dundee Utd (H), Hibs (A), & Inverness (H). Scoring for Killie in each of the these losses were; Sammon, Silva & recently signed new boy Portuguese forward Rui Miguel.

Prior to the Hearts match Killie were bounced out of the League Cup by Rangers at home, 0-2, in a game that Killie out-shot Rangers 21 to 4!

No one could foresee the change in Killie's fortunes that started for them at Tynecastle on Oct 31st.

Killie defender Frazer Wright flashed home a header for the opener early in the second half. Jim Jefferies' Hearts pinned his former team back in the second period. But an 80th-minute strike by Conor Sammon and a sublime lob by Alexei Eremenko gave the visitors the points in a 3-0 shocker!. Kilmarnock, propping up the Scottish Premier League at kick-off, knew the challenge central defenders Wright and Mahamadou Sissoko faced in preventing their former striker Kevin Kyle from adding to his goal tally, or from providing his Hearts team-mates with chances, but they stuck to their tasks superbly. Even more interestingly were the honest, candid remarks from Mixu, after the match, where he apologised to Miguel, for picking him for this type of match, and saw fit to replace him with a confidence growing and quickly maturing Conor "the Fish" Sammon after only 38 mins of play.

Killie finish the month in 9th place with 10 points from 10 matches, with many plaudits but few points!

Nov 2010



Fish Celebrates His 7th Nov SPL Goal Vs The Dons

Killie buoyed by their great Tynecastle win, go on to take 10 points out of their 5 Nov SPL fixtures. 3-0 wins are recorded against St Johnstone at Perth (OG, Sammon & Kelly) & Accies at home with the impressive Ben Gordon opening the scoring before the Fish netted a double.

Three consecutive 3-0 wins.... obviously a Killie SPL "best"!

Dundee Utd do end Killie's fine run where the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw, with Killie's lead (through the Fish again) lasting only about a minute. Still a decent away point.

Some exciting recognition for Killie as both Craig Bryson (right) & Cammy Bell make their International debuts for Scotland, as second half substitutes against the Faeroe Islands. Adding to this honour was Alexei Eremenko being capped for Finland in the same week!

The first time ever Killie had 3 International caps in their side!!

Killie then hosted Rangers in a Sat ESPN televised match, that saw Killie take the lead, conceded two stupid penalties, have Sissoko sent off, fight back with 10 men, to pull even, only to fall a little short in an eventual 2-3 home loss. The on-fire Conor Sammon scoring both of Killie's goals. Rangers only shot on (or off) target in the first half, was needlessly awarded penalty. Killie dominated for long spells but ultimately they knew they had self-destructed.

To finish up Nov Killie hosted the Dons in what would be Mark McGee's final match in charge of the Dons.  In a game notable for the use of replacement referees (from Israel) Killie won 2-0 with Sammon & Hamill (Penalty) doing the damage for Killie.

Killie finish the month in 6th place with 20 points from 15 matches, and have Finish playmaker Alexei Eremenko named SPL Player of the Month.

"It's a big thing for me to win this award, Winning any award is a good thing, but especially this one.

I have only been here for three months, so to get this award is a big thing.

I have to say thanks to the manager and my team-mates because, without them, I wouldn't have it.
"

Alexei Eremenko

Nov 2010

SPL Player of the Month

 

 

 

Dec 2010



Craig Bryson Nets The Caley Opener

Killie's first 2 fixtures in Dec Motherwell (A) & Celtic (A) fall victim to the UK's brutal winter conditions. However Killie's good run was not to be thwarted when they played their 1st match of the month on Dec 18th at home to Hibernian.  A 2-1 win was recorded with Liam Kelly celebrating his new 2 year contract with a fine first half double, both supplied from Ben Gordon.
Killie then on Dec 21st took a shock lead through Conor Sammon's 12th SPL goal of the season at Celtic Park, and came within 4 minutes of breaking their 55 year Parkhead "jinx". Mixu despite being satisfied with a point, criticises Killie's passing and overall performance, in his post match comments. Certainly a mark of far the team had come where 1-1 was not good enough.
Killie's final match of the year was to be away to 4th place Inverness, after the Boxing Day postponement of the Hearts match. Killie knew a win over the Highlanders would see them leap-frog over them into the lofty 4th SPL position.
Craig Bryson, Liam Kelly and Jamie Hamill inflicted the damage with Richie Foran's reply at 2-0 failing to muster a revival for tired Caley, as Ayrshire's Finest ran out worthy 3-1 winners.

Killie finished the year with only one defeat  2-3 against Rangers - in their last nine matches. Rangers (A) will be Killie's upcoming Scottish Cup opponents on Jan 10th, so a good chance for revenge.

Chelsea inform Killie that they will not be extending Ben Gordon's loan deal beyond  Jan 3rd. Gordon will be a great loss having supplied 3 assists (all to Kelly) in the last 3 matches.

Killie finish the month in 4th place with 27 points from 18 matches.

Jan 2011



Killie open the New Year taking a sold-out allocation of fans up to Paisley for the St Mirren match on Jan 3rd.

 

 

 

 

 

Season 2010-2011 Form Guide

2010 - 2011

P

W

D

L

GD

Pts

Pos

First 11

11

4

1

6

02

13

7th

Second 11

07

4

2

1

07

14

4th

Third 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Split

18

8

3

7

09

27

 

Final 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season Totals

18

8

3

7

09

27

4th

 



 


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