In the words of the manager - diabolical
Report of match Motherwell 0 Kilmarnock 2 played 13th February 2016
Two second half goals gave Kilmarnock a deserved win at Fir Park and Motherwell are now in eleventh place in the league table. That's now six games without a win and the alarm bells are now ringing.
Once again Motherwell had plenty of possession in the enemy half but very few goal chances were created. Ripley was the stand out player in the first half and despite the introduction of Moult for the second forty five McDonald was rarely troubled. The visitors took two of their many chances and the three points will be gratefully received at Rugby Park.
"Diabolical- the poorest performace since I arrived!"
The manager stuck with the one striker strategy and Moult began the afternoon on the bench. Lasley had not trained in the previous week and joined him on the sidelines. Ainsworth was given a rare start.
It took almost ten minutes before Kilmarnock were seen in Motherwell’s half but in that opening spell their defence coped easily with our insipid attack. We had a real scare when Gomis was easily dispossessed on his 18 yard line but Ripley made the first of four fine first half saves.
Our best opportunities came from breakaways but there was no telling endpoint. Hammell and Pearson were booked before half time as they put in illegal challenges to thwart dangerous threats.
Moult replaced Ainsworth at half time and the immediate impact looked encouraging. The striker had a header from a Johnson cross on target and McDonald was brought into the game. We were playing with more pace and pushing for the opener and from a corner McManus saw a header pass just over the bar.
But ten minutes after the break a deep cross into our box was met by Kiltie wide of the post. He met the ball cleanly and we were one down. Worse was to follow five minutes later. Our defence will not want to see the video as Slater was allowed to saunter for 30 yards before he fired low to Ripley’s right to end the contest at 2-0.
Thomas replaced Gomis and we made a fruitless attempt to recover but with the exception of Moult’s header against the bar at the end of the game we created nothing.
We travel to Tannadice on Tuesday for a game that now takes on even greater importance. If we can’t find a way to keep the opposition’s ‘keeper busy the winless run will be extended.
|Competition: Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Fir Park Attendance: 3,764|
||0 - 2||Kilmarnock
|89||Chris Cadden challenges Craig Slater unfairly and gives away a free kick.|
|85||Chris Cadden challenges Craig Slater unfairly and gives away a free kick.|
|84||Corner from the right by-line taken by Dominic Thomas.|
|80||Stuart Findlay fouled by Scott McDonald, the ref awards a free kick.|
|79||Free kick taken by Steven Hammell.|
|78||Unfair challenge on Scott McDonald by Craig Slater results in a free kick.|
|78||Stephen McManus takes the free kick.|
|78||Josh Magennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen McManus.|
|77||Corner taken by Dominic Thomas.|
|77||Corner taken by Dominic Thomas from the right by-line.|
|74||Corner from the left by-line taken by Josh Law.|
|74||Corner taken by Dominic Thomas from the right by-line.|
|71||Corner taken by Josh Law.|
|70||Kieran Kennedy fouled by Josh Magennis, the ref awards a free kick.|
|70||Chris Cadden restarts play with the free kick.|
|70||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Greg Kiltie by Stephen McManus.|
|67||Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Law on Rory McKenzie.|
|64||Greg Kiltie concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Hammell.|
|61||Craig Slater slots the ball right footed into the goal. Motherwell 0-2 Kilmarnock.Greg Kiltie provided the assist for the goal.|
|58||Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.|
|57||Rory McKenzie fouled by Scott McDonald, the ref awards a free kick.|
|56||Greg Kiltie scores with a right foot finish. Motherwell 0-1 Kilmarnock.Assist by Stevie Smith.|
|54||Steven Hammell restarts play with the free kick.|
|53||Gary Dicker receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.|
|53||Gary Dicker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Johnson.|
|52||Free kick crossed by Josh Law.|
|51||Marvin Johnson fouled by Tope Obadeyi, the ref awards a free kick.|
|49||Josh Law restarts play with the free kick.|
|49||Scott McDonald fouled by Rory McKenzie, the ref awards a free kick.|
|45+0||Free kick crossed by Stevie Smith.|
|45||Greg Kiltie fouled by Stephen Pearson, the ref awards a free kick.|
|45||Craig Slater takes the free kick.|
|44||Josh Magennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Pearson.|
|42||Free kick taken by Craig Slater.|
|41||Unfair challenge on Greg Kiltie by Morgaro Gomis results in a free kick.|
|41||Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.|
|41||Kieran Kennedy concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Magennis.|
|41||Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth.|
|37||Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth.|
|35||Corner taken by Stevie Smith.|
|34||Stevie Smith produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Connor Ripley parries the effort to safety.|
|33||Unfair challenge on Josh Magennis by Steven Hammell results in a free kick.|
|31||Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth.|
|30||Jamie MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.|
|28||Conrad Balatoni challenges Scott McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick.|
|28||Connor Ripley restarts play with the free kick.|
|28||Corner taken by Stevie Smith from the right by-line.|
|26||Lionel Ainsworth crosses the ball in from the free kick.|
|26||Free kick awarded for a foul by Conrad Balatoni on Scott McDonald.|
|21||Stevie Smith crosses the ball in from the free kick.|
|20||Foul by Steven Hammell on Tope Obadeyi, free kick awarded.|
|19||Corner taken by Stevie Smith.|
|18||Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Craig Slater.|
|17||Greg Kiltie fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick.|
|14||Foul by Josh Law on Josh Magennis, free kick awarded.|
|12||Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth from the right by-line.|
|9||Corner taken by Stevie Smith.|
|7||Stephen Pearson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.|
|6||Gary Dicker challenges Scott McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick.|