Dundee Utd 1-2 Killie
SPFL Match 7 - September 12th 2015 - Tannadice
SPFL Match 7 - September 12th 2015 - Tannadice
No. of Shots
Shots on Target
|Goals||McKay (66 pen)||
Higginbotham (44 pen)
21: Jamie MacDonald, 12: Darryl Westlake,
05: Stuart Findlay , 18: Lee Ashcroft ,
22: Kevin McHattie, 07: Rory McKenzie ,
04: Jamie Hamill , 19: Craig Slater (08: Scott Robinson 79),
11: Kallum Higginbotham (16: Tope Obadeyi 71), 23: Greg Kiltie,
28: Josh Magennis (09: Kris Boyd 75).
Gary Locke's side triumphed thanks to Kevin McHattie's 88th-minute winner which gave them three precious points after Billy McKay's second-half penalty for United had cancelled out Kallum Higginbotham's 44th-minute opener from the spot for the visitors. It meant Jackie McNamara's United side suffered a fourth straight league defeat to leave them second bottom of the standings.
There was a minute's silence prior to kick-off in memory of former United forward Ralph Milne, who died last Sunday at the age of 54. The home team gave debuts to on-loan Reading midfielder Aaron Kuhl and on-loan Fulham striker Adam Taggart.
United enjoyed a lively start and as early as the first minute Taggart caught a glimpse of goal but shot high over the bar from 20 yards. Soon after, Blair Spittal crossed for McKay but he saw his left-footed shot saved by Killie goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald. Kilmarnock weathered the early storm and on 35 minutes put together a decent move which saw Craig Slater and Darryl Westlake set up Josh Magennis, only for his shot on the turn to be blocked by a joint effort from Mark Durnan and Callum Morris.
Shortly after, United's Aaron Kuhl saw his free-kick from the edge of the penalty area hit the side-netting after Jamie Hamill had fouled Scott Fraser. United stepped up the pressure towards the break and Fraser released Ryan McGowan, whose shot from inside the box sailed over the bar.
However, Kimarnock went ahead on 44 minutes. Greg Kiltie's cross from the left was aimed for Rory McKenzie and United captain Sean Dillon was rash as he stuck his leg out. McKenzie hit the ground and referee Brian Colvin had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, before Higginbotham stepped up to send home goalkeeper Luis Zwick the wrong way as the visitors went 1-0 up.
United began the second half on the front foot as McKay fed Ryan Dow but his shot was deflected wide for a corner. At the other end, Higginbotham played in Kiltie whose left-footed shot was wild and sailed well wide of the target. On the hour mark, Fraser almost levelled when he unleashed a left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area, only for it to skid just past MacDonald's far post.
But on 66 minutes United equalised from the penalty spot when McKay slotted home after Lee Ashcroft had handled Spittal's shot. With 10 minutes left, McKay almost won it for United with a neat back-heel from Dow's cross, but MacDonald foiled him with a reflex save.
Then, two minutes later, substitute Dark Bodul missed a great chance for the winner by slicing his close-range effort well wide. And, on 83 minutes, MacDonald came to the rescue again for Killie when he defied Dow at point-blank range. However, McHattie was the hero for the Ayrshire side right at the end as he picked up a loose ball to fire a 30-yard low shot into the net past a helpless Zwick.
Gary Locke: "It's part of being a manager, I'm confident in my ability as a manager. I think it's important to remember we've made a lot of changes in the summer - nine out and eight in - and it's never easy for everyone just to hit the ground running. But I'm not one to make excuses either. We haven't done well enough up until now but today is hopefully a result that can kick-start our season. It gets the monkey off our back if you like. I think the players showed today what they're capable of, especially in the first half, we played some great stuff and if we can play like that consistently I think we'll do very well." [On Jamie McDonald] "Yeah but that's why I brought him to the club, sometimes you've got to get your strikers to get you out of jail and at other times you need your defenders and goalkeeper to do their job and that's what Jamie's done again. Great debut for him [Kevin McHattie]. I was surprised he was available to be fair but he's come in and I thought he played very well. I'm also delighted for our supporters who've come up here and it was important we didn't let them down because we've let them down on two or three occasions this year but thankfully today the boys have put in a performance that merited their support."
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