Frankie's Madness Costs a Point
Report of match Kilmarnock 1 Motherwell 0 played 29th January 2003
Another dire game between 'Well and Killie took place at Rugby Park tonight but this time it was the home side who emerged victorious. It was a moment of madness from Frank DuBourdeau which cost us dearly.
Francois takes the long walk
The game was ebbing away and looked like being a 0-0 draw until FdB lost the plot. The goalie had just recovered from a couple of tumbles and the game had been held up while he received treatment. He rose to collect a high ball and made the catch with ease. As he stood, ball held to his chest, he raised his left elbow and fired it backwards into Dargo’s face. It was a clear assault and we can have no complaints about the red card and resulting penalty. Kris Boyd scored against Woods from the spot and a point had been thrown away. DuBourdeau has been excellent in his recent run but there is no excusing his actions tonight.
The first half is hardly worth mentioning. Steven Craig made his debut wearing the number seventeen shirt recently vacated by Ferguson. Clarkson headed straight at Meldrum from an Adams cross and a floated free kick from Adams was not powerful enough to beat the goalie at the top corner.
Steven Craig in the colours
Kilmarnock had the bigger share of possession but their final ball was lacking. FdB had one shot to deal with, comfortably holding Hay's effort at the near post.
The second half was marginally better with both teams squandering half chances. Keith Lasley went close with an effort that went past the post. Kilmarnock kept trying to attack but our defence coped well with everything they could throw at us.
That was until FdB's rush of blood to the head - but for that, the teams could still be playing without having scored. A point wasted and the pressure is now on with a massive game at Tannadice coming up this Saturday.
| Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier
Date: Wednesday, 29th January 2003
Kick off: 19:45
Venue: Rugby Park
Boyd 81 (pen)
|1 - 0
|Kilmarnock cards shown
|Motherwell cards shown
||Serious foul play
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