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Kilmarnock 0-0 Motherwell: Rearranged Scottish Premiership fixture ends goalless

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Highlights: Kilmarnock 0-0 Motherwell

Kilmarnock drew with Motherwell after their previous meeting was abandoned to miss going within a point of third in the Scottish Premiership.

Wednesday's initial staging of the Scottish Premiership game was stopped by referee John Beaton just after half-time due to fog at Rugby Park.

Well had the better of the first-half chances with Jake Hastie and Gboly Ariyibi testing Daniel Bachmann.

And Rory McKenzie hit the goal frame as Kilmarnock dominated the second half.

Steve Clarke's side are now three points off the Dons while Stephen Robinson's Steelmen are four points off the top six.

No fog but no goals either at Rugby Park

The misty conditions of Wednesday evening were replaced by wind and driving rain but neither prevented the sides exhibiting pace and creativity.

Conor McAleny bustled through the visitors' rearguard and shot just wide while team-mates McKenzie and Chris Burke threatened from distance.

McKenzie's effort was blocked by Mark Gillespie and Burke's delightful curling shot from the right just missed the far post.

Motherwell were also prominent in the final third with Richard Tait's overhead kick at a corner having to be dealt with by Bachmann and the Austrian goalkeeper also beating away well struck shots from Hastie and Ariyibi.

Calum Waters was denied by Gillespie early in the second period before Well's Tom Aldred mis-timed his header at a corner and then fouled an opponent as he tried to make amends.

The home fans thought their moment had come when Aaron Tshibola crossed low for McKenzie in the six-yard box but the winger's rising effort rattled the crossbar.

Eamonn Brophy replaced McAleny and drew a save from Gillespie and fired other efforts wide as Killie's attempts to secure a first win since January ended in frustration.

The only other incident of note was a first-half altercation at a corner between Kilmarnock's Stephen O'Donnell and Tait, for which both full-backs were booked.

Charles Dunne
Charles Dunne makes fun of the bad weather during Wednesday's abandoned match

'Killie stuttering as winter fades' - analysis

BBC Scotland's Chick Young at Rugby Park

Maybe Rugby Park should become the haunt of weather watchers. Wednesday's thick mist was followed by howling gales and rain and even the briefest shafts of sunshine. But I haven't the foggiest when we'll see a goal there again.

That's 135 minutes of drought involving Kilmarnock and Motherwell although it was exciting.

And 6,205 took advantage of a £5 entry fee after vouchers were given to supporters who had turned up for Wednesday's encounter, Well footing the bill for their fans to attend.

Daniel Bachmann was the main reason Motherwell could not score with two spectacular saves from Jake Hastie and Gboly Ariyibi. Rory McKenzie, a picture of football effervescence, was unlucky with his effort off the bar.

There's not a huge gulf in quality between these teams, although Killie have stuttered as the winter fades.

Right enough, there is a storm to weather here.

'Good point for us and good point for them' - reaction

Kilmarnock assistant manager Alex Dyer: "Quite happy, two teams fighting hard battling. It was a good game, both had chances, two committed sides. A good point for us and a good point for them.

"It's been a tough period since January. We've to train hard and get ready to go again after we come back from our training holiday."

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "Probably a fair result in the end. We had a few good chances in the first half, Mark Gillespie made a wonderful save in the second half when they hit the crossbar.

"I just thought our final pass and our final decision wasn't quite right. Whether that was affected by the wind and the rain and all that kind of stuff? Maybe, but you've got to come here and take points; it's not always going to be pretty and we've done that."

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 26Bachmann
  • 2O'DonnellBooked at 37mins
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 17Findlay
  • 18WatersBooked at 82mins
  • 27Tshibola
  • 8Dicker
  • 6Power
  • 29Burke
  • 15McAlenySubstituted forBrophyat 72'minutes
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 19minsSubstituted forJonesat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 9Boyd
  • 11Jones
  • 19Millar
  • 21Frizzell
  • 22Millen
  • 25Brophy

Motherwell

  • 20Gillespie
  • 14Grimshaw
  • 5AldredBooked at 83mins
  • 18Dunne
  • 2TaitBooked at 37mins
  • 8Campbell
  • 23Gorrin
  • 28Turnbull
  • 32Hastie
  • 9MainSubstituted forScottat 75'minutes
  • 12AriyibiSubstituted forFrearat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hartley
  • 11Frear
  • 13Ferguson
  • 19Sammon
  • 22Donnelly
  • 24Johnson
  • 35Scott
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
6,215

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 0.

Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a fast break.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Calum Waters.

Booking

Tom Aldred (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Aldred (Motherwell).

Booking

Calum Waters (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Calum Waters (Kilmarnock).

Mark Gillespie (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Scott (Motherwell).

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Allan Campbell.

Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Jordan Jones replaces Rory McKenzie.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. James Scott replaces Curtis Main.

Attempt saved. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Eamonn Brophy replaces Conor McAleny.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Elliott Frear replaces Gboly Ariyibi.

Attempt blocked. Allan Campbell (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Daniel Bachmann.

Attempt saved. David Turnbull (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Alex Rodriguez.

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Alan Power (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Richard Tait.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

Attempt missed. Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by David Turnbull.

Attempt missed. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Burke (Kilmarnock).

Attempt saved. Calum Waters (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28213466165066
2Rangers28177464204458
3Aberdeen28155845331250
4Kilmarnock28138737271047
5Hearts28135103434044
6Hibernian28118942311141
7St Johnstone28115122836-838
8Motherwell28114133039-937
9Livingston2897122829-134
10Hamilton2863191958-3921
11Dundee2846182460-3618
12St Mirren2845192155-3417
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