The first half belonged to Kilmarnock. They forced us back for long spells and although they made few clear cut chances we had several uncomfortable moments. We were fortunate that our opponents had no lucky breaks.
We were poor in attack. Neither Sutton nor Sheridan seemed able to hold the ball; their touch was, at best, erratic. Some consideration must have been given to a half time substitution with Clarkson replacing one of the two strikers but his appearance was delayed until the 64th minute. He replaced McLean and took up station wide on the left midfield. Although we seemed to have more urgency in the last half hour it never looked like a breakthrough was likely. Had Clarkson's late volley found the net it would have been an undeserved winner.
Motherwell normally take a very healthy support down the A77 to Kilmarnock but Saturday's poor turnout highlights again the effect that TV coverage has on attendance. Away fans (from any club) demonstrate again and again that they are unwilling to pay normal entrance prices when an comfy armchair can provide a much cheaper alternative.
The weekend's fixtures delivered five draws from six and as a result the top ten teams gained one point. The competition for the top six places is far from over and there are now only three games left until the league splits. If we are to take anything positive from the Rugby Park game it has to be the comfort that we can only improve against Aberdeen in a fortnight.
Good luck to all the Motherwell players involved in the forthcoming internationals. Let's hope they return fit, well and victorious!