Premiership Match 12 - Ibrox Stadium - Oct 29th 2016
No. of Shots
Shots on Target
Haliday (29 Pen),
Jamie MacDonald, Luke Hendrie, Miles Addison, Scott Boyd, Steven Smith, Rory McKenzie , Greg Taylor, Gary Dicker , Jordan Jones, Souleymane Coulibaly, Nathan Tyson (Kris Boyd 51).
Subs Not Used: Devlin MacKay, Martin Smith, Will Boyle, Flo Bojaj, Jonny Burn, Adam Frizzell.
One look look at Clark’s teamsheet would suggest that it was the same team who would face last year’s championship winners. However, while all the name were the same, Killie were a ghost of the team who ran riot against Hearts midweek.
As with any game against a team with a large vocal support of subhuman knuckledraggers, it is important to make sure that their ascendancy is not found in the first ten minutes of each half. Killie failed dismally, on each occasion.
Within a minute of the kickoff, O’Halloran set the tone of the afternoon by waltzing past both Taylor and Jones on the winger and setting up Holt whose shot went narrowly wide. Two minutes later, Windass received a similar ball and forced MacDonald to a save.
Killie managed to draw a sigh of relief and got up the park to force a corner. After good work by Jones, he fashioned some space for himself to shoot, but his effort was wide of the mark.
Sevco were finding space all over the pitch, with Millar and Halliday roaming between the banks of Killie players to collect the ball and splay passes out to the wings. O’Halloran was having an easy time of it versus young Taylor and he, along with Millar, Holt and Tavernier all managed shots at goal in the first fifteen minutes. Most of these were off target, but MacDonald had to look lively with a couple.
Rangers were pushing high up the park and pulling Killie out of position. On the sixteenth minute, their play was awarded with a simple goal. Windass feed a through ball onto left-back Wallace who gleefully trotted past Addison and Hendrie and slotted beneath MacDonald who was quite slow to advance. No Zombie Nation on the tannoy, but it was definitely gruesome to watch.
The next fifteen minutes continued just like the first. Killie were all over the place and Sevco were getting into good positions at the edge of the box for shots. These came from Garner, Wallace and Halliday. Furthermore, Garner should have scored when gifted a free header in the box.
During the week, ex-Killie Sammon did Killie a favour by running the ball out of play when scoring looked easier. This time, it was ex-Rangers Stevie Smith’s turn to act like an utter pumpkin and gift Sevco a penalty by falling on top of Holt in the box. Halliday converted and a suitable scoreline was found.
Sevco nearly made it three-nil when Clint Hill got a header on target from a corner, but McKenzie was on hand to head the ball off the line.
Then, on the 45th minute of the first half, Killie got a shot on target. Jones, the only Killie player who looked likely to do anything of note, got a pass off to McKenzie. After a couple of twists and turns he got his shot away but it flew straight at Foderingham, who dusted off the cobwebs to catch the shot without much effort.
Into the second half and the game restarted in much the same fashion as it had started an hour previously. This time, however, Sevco didn’t waste any time in faffing about with shots from the edge of the box. Only two minutes in and Windass fluffed a volley inside the box. His shot landed at the feet of the unmarked Garner who slotted home and gave the Killie fans a nice reason to leave early.
Miller was in control of the game and his movement allowed for shots from himself, Tavernier, Hill and Garner, all of which were just wide or forced smart saves from MacDonald. When Miller was substituted on the 70th minute, for Waghorn, the Killie players were somewhat forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief.
Killie came into the game slightly after the substation, with Coulibaly, Kris Boyd and Jones all having shots at goal, but none on target. Sevco had the same, with only MacDonald keeping the scoreline less than the usual pumping with some impressive saves.
In all, another performance where the team seemed to be in awe of their opponents which is even more galling considering the performance we put in last week and the fact that we have allowed the zombies to crawl up to second place in the league.
Next week sees the return of Hamilton to Rugby Park, where hopefully it’ll be them with a horrowshow performance to match ours from this week.
Lee Clark: "It was disappointing and quite similar to Celtic in that we've been very passive in the game. We thought we had an opportunity with the confidence levels of the players after their performance on Wednesday. We wanted to keep the game tight as long as we could so the fans would become a little bit nervous. But we allowed Rangers to gain momentum. The crowd got behind them and that made it a very difficult afternoon for us. Did it become an overwhelming occasion? It looks that way. That is one of the solutions I need to find when we come back to this type of arena and places like Celtic. I don't know why because their fans at home have nothing to do with us - we've got to play our game. We've got to use that to our advantage. I need to find a solution to try and take on these teams with the type of personnel I have on the pitch so we do not leave ourselves too open in the game."
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