Kilmarnock 4 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008, 3:00 PM at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Attendance: 5,100
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Kilmarnock Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Wright (38)
Bryson (50)
Bryson (56)
Flannigan (64)
Ian Black (pen.) (14)

Team Managers
Jim Jefferies Craig Brewster

Starting Eleven
Combe
Lilley
Hay
Wright
Clancy
Fowler
Bryson
Flannigan
Taouil
Invincible
Fernandez
Michael Fraser
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
David Proctor
Phil McGuire
Roy McBain
Russell Duncan
Ian Black
Iain Vigurs
Graham Bayne
Marius Niculae

Bench
Di Giacamo
Wales
Hamill
Morgan
Johnston
O'Leary
Harpur
Zbigniew Małkowski
Richard Hastings
Guy Kerr
Richie Hart
Don Cowie
Rory McAllister
Dougie Imrie

Substitutions
None. Richie Hart for Iain Vigurs (62)
Dougie Imrie for Roy McBain (73)
Rory McAllister for Marius Niculae (77)

Bookings
Fernandez (61) Rory McAllister (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 53 apps -
Phil McGuire 23 apps -
Grant Munro 242 apps6 goals
Ross Tokely 433 apps29 goals
David Proctor 59 apps4 goals
Iain Vigurs 2 apps -
Roy McBain 293 apps16 goals
Ian Black 103 apps4 goals
Russell Duncan 255 apps8 goals
Graham Bayne 129 apps20 goals
Marius Niculae 32 apps9 goals
Richie Hart (sub) 160 apps16 goals
Dougie Imrie (sub) 8 apps -
Rory McAllister (sub) 52 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (19 years 324 days)
Oldest Player:Graham Bayne (2009 years 235 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 123 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (19 years 324 days)
Oldest Player:Dougie Imrie (2009 years 235 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 354 days
Domestic Players:17 (94.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

A humiliating 4-1 defeat today against Kilmarnock makes it 6 defeats in a row and 10 games without a win. The solitary win in 2008 came against freefalling Gretna in early January.

Its time for changes at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium but will anyone have the balls to step up and make them......

tm4tj said:

I did some hoovering, washed some dishes, picked the wife up from the shops, sat down and we had gone from 0-1 to 4-1. I almost left early, then I realised I was already at home....

From CTO: That long trip up the M77/A9 in the snow seems an awful lot harder when your team has just had a 4-1 pasting!

I can't fault the team for effort. They tried but there was a big hole in front of the defenders which allowed Killie to run riot in the second half. Also, there seems to be an understandable lack of confidence with all the recent defeats and this was obvious in the last third of the field. Bursting forward from the halfway line didn't seem a problem but as soon as there was any pressure from the Killie defence, ideas would run out and the ball would be given away cheaply - again and again. My usual moan is that they are afraid to have a shot from distance but I couldn't fault them for that on this occasion (not that it happened often).

There was a clear lack of cohesion today, set-pieces were wasted, second-half passing was atrocious and our team look like a mid-table First Division outfit struggling against better quality players in a genuine SPL team. As someone said above, we have made a habit of signing lower league players who will never be SPL standard. Can't fault the effort - just the quality is not there with a number of them. Our first half performance was reasonable though and I thought David Proctor had a very good first 45 minutes.

We were doing fine before Christmas but I genuinely think all this contract signing hoo-haa has seriously affected team spirit and individual performances and has allowed certain players to think they are an awful lot better than they actually are. When these players have 26 caps for their country then I will understand why they should be holding out for a similar deal to the one Marius Niculae has.

On the positive side - I was really impressed with the Rugby Park stadium (my first visit there). I thought the Killie folk (including the stewards) were really friendly. And the Killie pies ARE indeed as good as they are hyped up to be. I also had a chat with Jim Jeffries when he stopped to give my wee fella an autograph. He most definitely rates as one of the nicest and most pleasant guys I have ever met in football - a real gentleman!!

Resident analyst Alternative Maryhill said:

Amazed A96 managed to draw any positives out of that at all. It was deeply humiliating. We were just about passable in the first half, but having said that, we looked like we were playing a team even lower in confidence than us. Killie looked tentative whenever they had the ball. There was a bit of luck about their equaliser, but the moment their second went in it just felt like that they, their fans and our fans knew we were there for the taking. After 4 it looked like it was going to be 6 or 7. I have to disagree with the comment about not being able to fault the players for effort too - I didn't see too many throwing themselves into tackles, chasing every 50-50 and looking determined to rescue the game. McBain seemed to be hiding and I don't recall Bayne, surprisingly, doing much chasing back. Duncan set himself new standards for the ineptitude of his passing. Niculae and Black, as usual, started brightly and looked inventive but by half time had been dragged into the mediocrity of it all. Still wouldn't have subbed Niculae, but as the whole occasion was characterised by tactical idiocy from Mr Brewster, at least he was being consistent when he hooked Marius. Just three examples of Brewster's cretinous tactics:

1. If anyone can explain to me the wisdom of dropping Cowie and forcing Tokely, in effect, to have to run the entire length of the touchline for the whole game, I'd be happy to listen. Tokely did fight for the shirt yesterday, but he's too one-dimensional going forward to bring any real invention, and we did look exposed at the back. This 3-5-2 thing stops working when you're behind and both having to defend and trying to get goals back - all you end up with is knackered wide players who are neither fish nor fowl.

2. Why put Vigurs into a team which is already so low on confidence? There's no way he was going to make a significant difference. At times yesterday he looked quite classy on the ball and certainly looked like he was trying to make passes, but there didn't seem to be anyone really looking for it. Hiding, as I said earlier. If we had to change things, and we did, yesterday was surely a day for players with some experience but something to prove - Hart (who at least showed the right attitude when he did get on), Markus, Dennis.

3. Can anyone point to an occasion when the Bayne - Niculae partnership has been an unqualified success? I've not been to any home games this season so I may have missed occasions when they looked good together, but I've never seen it and it certainly isn't working now. The best performances I've seen this season have all, to my recollection, had Marius partnering Wyness up front and Rankin wide left. So why not go back to tha... oh, I forgot. We can't. Because you sold Rankin and you've effectively pushed Wyness out of the club. Nice one.

The second half was, I think, in 12 or 13 years of attending games, the most spineless and depressing performance I've witnessed from a Caley side, and that includes the Morton and Airdrie circuses mentioned by Arbroath Awayday. That bad. Don't know if there's any point in getting shot of CB now, purely because I don't see a replacement and it would be folly to panic and stick any old applicant in, but the thought of him still being here next season makes me shudder and relegation, on yesterday's evidence and given the recent travesties in man-management, would be highly likely.

Match report written by tm4tj/alternative maryhill



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Rangers 28 23 2 3 69 21 48 71
2. Celtic 28 20 5 3 66 19 47 65
3. Dundee Utd 31 14 7 10 45 34 11 49
4. Hibernian 31 13 8 10 45 37 8 47
5. Motherwell 29 14 4 11 39 35 4 46
6. Falkirk 31 11 8 12 39 42 -3 41
7. Hearts 31 10 8 13 41 48 -7 38
8. Aberdeen 31 10 8 13 37 49 -12 38
9. Inverness CT 31 10 3 18 36 53 -17 33
10. Kilmarnock 31 8 7 16 34 46 -12 31
11. St. Mirren 29 7 8 14 20 46 -26 29
12. Gretna 29 4 4 21 28 69 -41 16