Stevie Hammell was restored to the left back position and O’Donnell moved to the bench to allow Scott McDonald to start.
The team managed a clean sheet and with the exception of a scare at the start of each half and
It took thirteen minutes for the forwards to advance as far at the opposition goal line but the reward soon followed. There was some neat triangular play in the back line with Hammell, Corrigan and Adams eventually releasing a long ball to McDonald. He chased and won a corner. The ball was cleared to the same side of the pitch where McDonald was needlessly fouled.
We probably had most of the possession for the rest of the game though there was little in the way of free flowing football. The pitch looks the worse for wear especially in front of the Main Stand and both teams resorted to long balls when trying to set up attacks.
Both McDonald and Lasley came close before the break and
We faced the Cooper Stand in the second half and frequently caused the Killie defence problems with the energy and commitment of Clarkson and McDonald supported by Burns just behind. Again we showed composure in playing short passes to escape danger but there were few clear cut chances.
As the floodlights sprang to life on the hour mark
Our discipline held good and we received no bookings while Killie had three yellow cards.
Terry Butcher said after the game that at times “it was pretty dire stuff” but he was a happy man. “Winning is everything in football” has said with a grin.
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