'Well in Freefall

Last updated : 27 October 2004 By Firparkcorner

We made lots of chances tonight but missed them all – in fact I can scarcely remember Combe making a save. Kilmarnock had their own handful of chances – slightly smaller than our bunch but of higher quality – and took one when Marshall could only parry a cross. Nish’s foot was the first to the loose ball and he poked it over the line.

We go hunting in a pack
We fought back with lots of sweat and effort but we never looked like breaking down a solid Kilmarnock defence. It might be a credit to our very makeshift midfield that we kept ourselves in the game or maybe it’s just damning of Killie, but we never looked like doing more than just keep our heads above water.

The first real chance of the game came to Killie on a breakaway but their striker hit the inside of the post with Marshall beaten. We struck back through McDonald who skimmed the bar and Clarkson, who brilliantly cut inside his man before thumping an effort high into the stand.

In the second half, we again took the initiative but McDonald couldn’t hit the target with either his left or right foot. Kilmarnock missed a sitter through Alan Johnstone but did take the lead in the 58th minute. Once this happened, they retreated further into their shell and were delighted to successfully hold onto their lead.

Someone in the East Stand commented that it was clear Kilmarnock were managed by Jim Jefferies – they were defensive, physical and cynical but emerged from a tight game with a win. Last season we went through a bad patch after our good run and this year is the same – we didn’t particularly deserve to lose tonight but lose (again!) we did and we now need to steel ourselves for two hard games with Celtic and Hibs. There may be trouble ahead…