Kilmarnock 1 - 0 Inverness CT

League - Championship
Saturday, January 29th, 2022, 3:00 PM at Rugby Park. Kilmarnock
Attendance: 4,790
Referee: Don Robertson
Kilmarnock Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Kyle Lafferty (9) None.

Team Managers
Derek McInnes Billy Dodds

Starting Eleven
Zach Hemming
Lee Hodson
Jack Sanders
Ash Taylor
Brandon Haunstrup
Fraser Murray
Dylan Tait
Rory McKenzie
Daniel Mackay
Oli Shaw
Kyle Lafferty
Mark Ridgers
Wallace Duffy
Kirk Broadfoot
Robbie Deas
Cameron Harper
Sean Welsh
Reece McAlear
Tom Walsh
Sam Pearson
Logan Chalmers
Shane Sutherland

Bench
Euan Murray
Stephen Mcginn
Blair Alston
Chris Burke
Sam Walker
Calum Waters
Liam Polworth
Daniel Armstrong
Innes Cameron
Cameron Mackay
Lewis Nicolson
David Carson
Lewis Hyde
Joe Hardy
Manny Duku
Austin Samuels

Substitutions
Euan Murray -> Jack sanders (45)
Chris Burke -> Kyle Lafferty (67)
Blair Alston -> Daniel Mackay (73)
Stephen Mcginn -> Dylan Tait (87)
Joe Hardy for Tom Walsh (46)
Austin Samuels for Sam Pearson (63)
David Carson for Wallace Duffy (82)
Lewis Nicolson for Cameron Harper (82)
Manny Duku for Shane Sutherland (86)

Bookings
Brandon Haunstrup (61) Wallace Duffy (2)
Kirk Broadfoot (25)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 184 apps -
Wallace Duffy 28 apps1 goal
Kirk Broadfoot 29 apps1 goal
Robbie Deas 64 apps1 goal
Cameron Harper 57 apps2 goals
Sean Welsh 90 apps13 goals
Reece McAlear 24 apps2 goals
Tom Walsh 96 apps14 goals
Sam Pearson 2 apps -
Logan Chalmers 2 apps -
Shane Sutherland 146 apps15 goals
Lewis Nicolson (sub) 1 app (debut) -
David Carson (sub) 77 apps1 goal
Austin Samuels (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Manny Duku (sub) 25 apps2 goals
Joe Hardy (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Reece McAlear (19 years 356 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 183 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 327 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Lewis Nicolson (17 years 274 days)
Oldest Player:Kirk Broadfoot (37 years 183 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 251 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Austin Samuels(Signed January 28th, 2022)
Joe Hardy(Signed January 27th, 2022)
Lewis Nicolson(Signed June 10th, 2021)

Milestones

Rugby Park Loss

Inverness made the long journey home with no points after Kyle Lafferty scored an early goal after good work by Daniel Mackay down the right wing. What a kick in the teeth that was. Very little to choose between the sides as neither side dominated and clear chances were at a premium with Killie probably having the better of them. Without five regulars, this was always going to be a difficult ask, and so it turned out, but our recent signings look like they could offer something once they are up to speed.

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Billy Dodds shoestring squad were bolstered by January sales incomers Logan Chalmers, Sam Pearson, Joe Hardy and Austin Samuels. However, we were without regulars Scott Allardice, Danny Devine, Aaron Doran, Roddy MacGregor and Billy Mckay through injury and that leaves us with the bare minimum on the bench. Chalmers and Pearson started and Wallace Duffy was at right back. Killie have the luxury of a large squad and experienced January signings. They will be looking to the selected players to guide them back to the Premiership at the earliest opportunity given the resources they have spent trying to achieve this. None moreso than new gaffer Derek McInnes, Kyle Lafferty and Ash Taylor, with former Caley Jags players Liam Polworth, and Daniel Mackay also in the squad, with nine players on their bench, almost enough for two strong teams.

After a tentative beginning, Kilmarnock opened the scoring when Shane Sutherland failed to deal with a ball cleared towards the halfway line by Tom Walsh. Instead of creating an attack, he ended up passing the ball back towards Cammy Harper. Unfortunately Daniel Mackay read it and skinned Harper with a burst of pace before firing a dangerous cross low into the area, where high profile signing Kyle Lafferty met the ball at the far side of the box to power a controlled shot into the net from six yards.

We responded well to this setback and Walsh shot from a tight angle, but the ball was tipped round the post for a corner by keeper Hemming as it flashed across the goal.

Mackay went close for Killie as he was set free on the right side of the box, but his low shot rolled across the face of the goal and just wide.

Despite the Caley Jags enjoying plenty of possession, it was the same old story of little to no clear chances in the opposition box and we went in one down at the interval.

HALF TIME : 1-0

Five minutes into the second half and Killie had the ball in the net, but it was ruled out for a hand ball as Euan Murray tried to force the ball in from close range. Oli Shaw should have added a second after the ball landed at his feet in the box from a rebound, but he fluffed his shot and it rolled harmlessly wide.... thankfully.

Ridgers pulled off a good save from the industrious McKenzie as he shot from the edge of the box to keep us within touching distance.

Austin Samuels had been introduced in the second half and looks to have something different, a bit of pace and the newbies looked a bit more direct than what we have been subject to in recent weeks. Samuels did have a half chance charged down as he cut along the line towards goal, the final ball being blocked and cleared when a cut back might have produced something, alas, still an all too familiar scenario. Plenty of the ball around the box, but little real opportunity to score.

FULL TIME: 1-0

Despite our possession, we were still unable to create any clear chances and a draw would have been the most we could have come away with. However, you pay the right money for the right player and you reap the rewards, and that's what Killie got with Kyle Lafferty and his smart finish from a tremendous cross from Dan Mackay. That's six games without a win, and that's relegation form in any language. Just as well we caught the rest cold at the start of the season. Maybe the January sales will have unearthed a wee gem, here's hoping...

From BBC Sport

Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes: "The goal was terrific. Dan MacKay was very capable today and Kyle Lafferty still had a lot to do - the technique to put the ball in the back of the net was really pleasing. The fans were different class and really played their part."

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Billy Dodds: "First half I thought two or three of my players didn't believe we were going to win the game. That let us down and we lost the goal. In the second half we really dug in, but I still think they have to push their bodies that bit more."

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Arbroath 22 11 8 3 35 16 19 41
2. Kilmarnock 22 12 4 6 28 15 13 40
3. Inverness CT 23 10 8 5 30 19 11 38
4. Raith Rovers 23 9 9 5 31 24 7 36
5. Partick Thistle 20 9 6 5 33 19 14 33
6. Hamilton Academical 23 6 7 10 25 38 -13 25
7. Dunfermline 23 4 10 9 22 37 -15 22
8. Ayr United 22 5 7 10 20 35 -15 22
9. Morton 22 4 9 9 26 33 -7 21
10. Queen of the South 22 4 6 12 21 35 -14 18