Dons 0-1 Killie
Premiership Match 16, Pittodrie, Dec 6th 2023
Dons 0-1 Killie
Premiership Match 16, Pittodrie, Dec 6th 2023
Premiership Match 16, Pittodrie, Dec 6th 2023
Premiership Match 16, Pittodrie, Dec 6th 2023
No. of Shots
Shots on Target
Killie: Dennis, Mayo, Deas, Findlay, Ndaba, Armstrong, Watson, Donnelly, (Polworth 73), Lyons, (McKenzie 61 ), Watkins, (Kennedy 82), Vassell.
Subs Not Used: O'Hara, Sanders, Davies, Murray, Mackay-Steven, Dallas.
Attendance: 13,668 Man of the Match Vote
A wonderful stoppage-time strike from teenager David Watson gave Kilmarnock a dramatic first away win in the Scottish Premiership this season and cranked up the pressure on Aberdeen manager Barry Robson.
After a drab opening 91 minutes in which both sides struggled to create chances, Watson produced a moment of magic to control a cross before slamming the ball beyond Kelle Ross into the far corner.
The goal almost emptied an already sparse Pittodrie, and those who remained watched their side extend their winless run to four league games, having won just two of their past 12 matches in all competitions.
But Killie ecstatically celebrated their first Premiership win on the road this season at the eighth attempt, and only their third in 27 away games since promotion 18 months ago.
Victory pushes Killie above Dundee into the top six, while Aberdeen drop into the relegation play-off spot having won just three of their 14 matches this term.
This victory could be game-changing for Killie. Ever since their promotion in 2022, they have toiled on the road. McInnes has tried everything to arrest things, but almost seemed at a loss as to why his side could not do it away from Rugby Park, where they are so strong.
But the former Aberdeen boss mentioned pre match that despite the winless run this season, things felt different. He likes the depth of his squad, and the added quality on the bench. Kennedy, who was at Aberdeen last season, made a difference and his skill down the left teed up Watson, who did the rest.
It was not a vintage performance but it was exactly what McInnes will want from his team away from home, as they were difficult to break down and took their chance when it mattered.
Derek McInnes: "Any time you come to Pittodrie and get a result as an away team you have to do a lot of things right. We were competitive throughout, we went for an aggressive team, we had good ball winners in the middle of the park.
"I thought in the turnovers we had good moments to counter. We had some good moments and chances. But it's a real moment of quality that separates the teams.
"The way David (Watson) receives the ball and wheels, and sticks it in the top corner, it's a fantastic finish. I'm so pleased for him, because he missed a real chance on Saturday against Hearts and it was annoying him - and me.
"Delighted for the supporters, they followed us away last season with very little to cheer about. I feel we're a different animal this season and it's important to continue with out home form, have a performance to beat the Old Firm, which we've done, and be better on the road.
"We've ticked that box, it's a good reference point and we can have more away days like today."
David Watson: "It was a good ball from Matty , I just peeled away and I’ve taken the best first touch I think I have ever taken and I’ve stuck it in the net so, it was an incredible feeling to score. I think it is the sweetest goal I have ever scored, especially at the time it was and I think it can kicks start our away from now, so I’m happy. On how big the result is: I think it is a massive result, our first away win of the season, there was this monkey on our back about not winning an away game, so now that we have won an away game hopefully that can give us the confidence to go in to more away games and win."
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