Killie 1-0 Rangers
Premiership Match 1, BBSP Rugby Park, Aug 5th 2023
Premiership Match 1, BBSP Rugby Park, Aug 5th 2023
No. of Shots
Shots on Target
Killie: Dennis, Mayo, Deas, Findlay, Ndaba, Armstrong, (Murray 89), Watson, Lyons, Magennis, (McKenzie 77), Kennedy, (Cameron 89), Watkins, (Vassell 63).
Subs Not Used: O'Hara, Sanders, Davies, Donnelly, Polworth.
Attendance: 9,256 Man of the Match Vote
Extracted from the Forums (from piffer): "Thought we were outstanding. Arguably our best performance since we beat them under Dyer.
We looked like a team. Hunted in packs and fought for absolutely everything throughout. We were well organised and despite some questioning the attacking selections we showed real intent when we got the ball.
The defence was solid. Deas at the heart of it superb. Coped with everything Rangers had. We had pace, power and aggression in there and their strikers didn’t get a sniff. People were unhappy about the criticism but it can’t be denied the keeper had a shaky league cup. He got over that today. Came to claim everything he could and marshalled his back line well. Used the flexibility of the rules well to kill the game.
Middle of the park outstanding. There was an interesting debate this week about best midfields we’ve had but felt we really dominated in there. Surrendered possession and ground at time but won it back when we needed to. We spoke about Magennis value and on todays display if he stays fit he’ll be a great signing. Lyons didn’t have a great league cup campaign IMO but he found his levels today and protected the back line well.
Attack was questioned by some before the game but they caused problems throughout. Every one of them put in a shift and grafted for the team but made sure they were fighting to get forward when we regained possession. Watkins and Vassell still look short on match sharpness but that will come.
Credit to McInnes. He got it spot on today. Played with a positive mentality. We looked like what I thought a McInnes team would. He made the right subs. It would have been easy to look to Sanders and Donnelly towards the end but Murray and Cameron maintained the press and outballs.
The support was absolutely superb. One of the best atmospheres in RP in a long time. Really bought into what the players were doing".
Derek McInnes: "We had to show a different version of ourselves against the Old Firm this season. Rangers will get better, but I think we'll get better as well. Our level of performance had to be really good today, but we delivered that. It's a really strong start."
"You've got to do so much right to beat a team of Rangers' quality, I think first and foremost the competitive edge had to be there in the team and that was there clearly in spades. I thought we, not only passed the ball well but we snuffed them out and didn't let them enjoy the game in there. Our intensity was really good.
"It's so important you strike the first blow when you play Rangers and have something to hold onto but also plant that seed of doubt because the supporters come here in huge numbers. The team have got to deal with that so we knew if we got in front we could have a real chance of getting the job done. I thought we were good throughout.
"By and large I don't think my keeper's had much to do, other than just come for a few crosses and that's testament to the work ahead of the back five and goalkeeper. Rangers will get better and I think we will get better."
Michael Beale: "Not the start we wanted at all. Kilmarnock defended extremely well throughout, getting lots of people in and around their box, but we couldn't find the answer."
Chris Sutton asked Kris Boyd: “You must be pleased with that start for Kilmarnock,” abd Boyd quickly replied: “Absolutely delighted. I couldn’t lose today.”
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