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By Keir MurrayBBC Scotland

Kilmarnock boss Alex Dyer was frustrated by three penalty incidents in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Ross County but praised his players' effort.

Killie came from behind to lead 2-1 in Dingwall but a disputed late penalty was converted by County's Ross Stewart.

"It's a point but by rights we should have been going home with three, but it's not to be," said Dyer.

"We've had three tough games and taken two points. The performances have been very good in all three games."

Kilmarnock, having drawn with champions Celtic on Sunday, trailed at half-time to Ross Draper's glancing header on Wednesday as County looked set to continue their unblemished start.

Chris Burke and Kirk Broadfoot had penalty claims waved away by referee Gavin Duncan before Alan Power levelled with a composed finish and Burke smashed in his third in three games.

However, those dismissed penalty claims were made to feel all the more raw when Duncan gave a spot-kick to County when Michael Gardyne's cross hit Burke's arm as he turned his back on the ball.

Dyer feels County defender Josh Reid clearly pulled Burke back by his jersey when the winger was through on goal, and believes Stewart's arm got in the way of Kirk Broadfoot's goalbound header.

Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer feels ref was wrong about three penalty incidents

"The linesman should see it," said Dyer of Burke's penalty claim.

"He isn't going to go down because he's through on goal. I don't understand that one.

"The second one was definitely handball and we didn't get it again. They got one with the handball on Burkey when it wasn't really handball.

"I'm really disappointed that we didn't get the three points but I'm happy with the boys. They showed good character and moved the ball well. We scored two good goals and could have had three or four."

County had their own moments to rue. Draper spurned a first-minute chance before heading Josh Mullin's cross past Danny Rogers after 15 minutes, Mullin headed a Gardyne cross wide of the target and Stewart smacked the post ahead of his perfectly placed penalty.

Man of the match - Alan Power

Alan Power
The Irish midfielder dragged Kilmarnock from a goal behind to a leading position. He showed ambition to run into the County box and composure to control the incoming cross and finish well, before setting up Chris Burke's goal with a perfectly weighted pass.

What did we learn?

Ross County lost a slew of influential players in the summer, among them Richard Foster, Don Cowie and Marcus Fraser, but they busied themselves with recruitment too.

Before kick-off, Stuart Kettlewell emphasised that he had made four changes to his hitherto winning team because he predicted it would be a demanding season and he wanted a freshness in County's play. Harry Paton, Jordan Tillson, Lee Erwin and Billy Mckay dropped out, with Ross Draper, Michael Gardyne, Josh Mullin and Regan Charles-Cook coming in. All made significant contributions.

What did they say?

Ross County boss Stuart Kettlewell takes blame for loss of goals

Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell: "You could see that we were trying to win the game. It's trying to be progressive in our play and trying to pass the ball - how we've lost the goals, I take full accountability for that.

"I was pleased at how we came back at Kilmarnock. We hit the woodwork and could have won it at the death. It maintains an unbeaten start to the campaign."

Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer: "I'm happy with the boys. It was a good performance in the second half. We played 10 yards further up the pitch."

Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer feels ref was wrong about three penalty incidents

What's next?

Micky Mellon's Dundee United visit Dingwall on Saturday, before County hit the road for two away games against St Mirren and Livingston. Kilmarnock host St Johnstone on Saturday, with a trip to Ibrox awaiting a week later.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 2Randall
  • 25DonaldsonBooked at 34mins
  • 16Iacovitti
  • 43Reid
  • 6DraperBooked at 67minsSubstituted forTillsonat 86'minutes
  • 11VigursBooked at 56mins
  • 14MullinSubstituted forErwinat 67'minutes
  • 17Charles-CookSubstituted forMckayat 58'minutes
  • 7GardyneSubstituted forPatonat 86'minutes
  • 27StewartSubstituted forShawat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Morris
  • 8Shaw
  • 9Mckay
  • 10Erwin
  • 15Watson
  • 18Kelly
  • 21Doohan
  • 22Tillson
  • 24Paton

Kilmarnock

  • 23Rogers
  • 22Millen
  • 5BroadfootBooked at 79mins
  • 17Findlay
  • 18Waters
  • 6PowerBooked at 77mins
  • 8Dicker
  • 27Tshibola
  • 29Burke
  • 11Kabamba
  • 19PinnockSubstituted forHaunstrupat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McGowan
  • 3Haunstrup
  • 4Dikamona
  • 10Kiltie
  • 12Whitehall
  • 15El Makrini
  • 16Doyle
  • 31Cameron
  • 32Brindley
Referee:
Gavin Duncan

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 2, Kilmarnock 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Kilmarnock 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Coll Donaldson (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Iain Vigurs.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Billy Mckay (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Iain Vigurs with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Lee Erwin (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Iain Vigurs.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nicke Kabamba (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Calum Waters with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross Millen (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicke Kabamba with a headed pass.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Harrison Paton replaces Michael Gardyne.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Jordan Tillson replaces Ross Draper.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Oli Shaw replaces Ross Stewart.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lee Erwin (Ross County).

  15. Post update

    Alan Power (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Kilmarnock. Nicke Kabamba tries a through ball, but Chris Burke is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Brandon Haunstrup (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ross Draper (Ross County).

  20. Post update

    Brandon Haunstrup (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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