SP19

 

April 2016

No. of Shots

14 9

Shots on Target

6 5

Possession

52% 48%

Fouls Conceded

15 17

Corners Won

3 5

Discipline

Goals None

Carroll 67

Killie Team

Branescu, O'Donnell, Del Fabro , Johnson, Hämäläinen, Power, Dicker, El Makrini, (Millar 73).McKenzie, (Thomas 85), Burke, Brophy, 
Substitutes Not Used: Koprivec, Bruce, Wilson, Sow, Brindley 

Attendance: 5.688

Man of the Match Vote

Match Recap

It was the beginning of a new Kilmarnock era, with former assistant manager Dyer taking charge on a caretaker basis following the dismissal of Angelo Alessio.

And Dyer had to hit the ground running, with visitors Motherwell threatening to pull away from their hosts in the Premiership table.

However, only once in their last eight games had Kilmarnock led in a match, and they were fortunate not to find themselves trailing when Jermaine Hylton knocked the ball into the path of Allan Campbell almost on the penalty spot, but Connor Johnson dived in to deflect his shot wide.

Brophy spearheaded every Kilmarnock attack, but he was struggling to get the better of the Motherwell backline. A header wide was as close as he came in a first half in which Motherwell goalkeeper Mark Gillespie had little to do.

And, when his side really needed him after Carroll's free-kick had given Motherwell the lead, he struggled to add to his tally of four goals this season.

As Kilmarnock improved after the break, Brophy somehow side-footed the ball over the bar after Stephen O'Donnell had laid it on a plate for him.

Then, minutes later O'Donnell again picked him out, with Brophy's turn and shot palmed away by Gillespie.

The Motherwell goalkeeper was in inspired form though, punching a Chris Burke free-kick clear and again denying Brophy on the rebound.

The visitors had a deserved lead by that point. They had lost Liam Donnelly to injury in the first half; the midfielder limping off to be replaced by Liam Polworth.

But they should have taken the lead when Hylton collected Polworth's pass and drove a shot towards the far corner. The ball appeared to be going in before Christopher Long ran in and dragged it over the line, with the assistant referee calling a halt to the celebrations with the flag for offside.

There was no mistake though when Carroll sent a free-kick past Kilmarnock goalkeeper Laurentiu Branescu, who stood on the spot and watched as the ball flew past him.

They should have wrapped up the points when Polworth raced through on goal, but he gave Branescu an easy save to make - firing straight at him.

And they were almost made to pay for that profligacy, with Gillespie getting a hand to a late O'Donnell chance as Motherwell saw off late pressure from the home side.

It means the Rugby Park side have now gone five games without a win, as they fell 11 points behind Motherwell.

Comments

Alex Dyer: ""The second half I thought we played well, created some chances. Disappointed with the goal obviously. I'm gutted for the boys because they gave 100%."

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