Preview- Kilmarnock (a)

Last updated : 06 November 2006 By Firparkcorner

The last game v Killie

Kilmarnock have picked up significantly since we gave them a doing with wins over Aberdeen and Hearts getting them back on the rails. A narrow defeat to Celtic and a point at Easter Road suggests that they are far from struggling. But they will be without Gary Wales – a thorn in our side recently – and David Fernandez through injury. There is further doubt over who will start in their back four so perhaps all is not quite as well as it seems.

We will almost certainly persist with Saturday's line up, as even if Malpas wanted to change the front two there are few options available to him. Both Clarkson and Elliot can play better though and hopefully they will be out to prove this at Rugby Park. Nevertheless, the feeling remains that even if they do play well we might still come up short. Without Scott McDonald Motherwell's attack looks powder puff and against a solid defence it is questionable how many chances we will make. The other doubt is Jim Paterson who has been struggling with a knock in the last week but it is likely he will soldier on.

Away from home and up against a team that may be our better, we must firstly ensure we don't lose any goals. Killie were taken to extra time by both Queen of the South and Livingston so while we should be respectful or our opponents there is certainly nothing of which we should be scared. The longer the match goes at 0-0 the better chance we have of sneaking it. At this stage anything can happen in the cup and we just need to cross our fingers that after some close calls this is finally our year once again. Killie 0-1 'Well.

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