We got back into the top six for the second time this season with a fine performance at Rugby Park. Playing Ged at the back is beginning to pay off and a beaming Billy Davies was proud of the lads efforts after the match.
The team had only one change to the starting eleven with Ange Oueifio replacing Ben Kemble. This gave Ange his first start in months and he filled the right centre role of the now familiar five across the back formation with Ged Brannan one again in the middle. Although Goodman's name appeared on the team sheet it was Stevie Nicholas who took part in the warm up and he found a place on the bench.
We won the toss and attacked the end with our small band of travelling fans.
The game moved end to end for the first half hour but it was mostly at our end. No clear chances though after Adams had been bundled outside the box McMillan had a free kick well saved by Marshall (who made his 100th appearance for Killie today).
The highlight of the half came in twenty eight minutes. A long punt over the Killie defence saw a chase between Lee McCulloch and Dineleux with the defender looking favourite to reach the ball just before the out rushing Marshall. The resulting three men on the deck tangle resulted in the ball free and Lee with the chance of passing into the empty net. He fell over the defender and after consulting with his assistant the referee gave the penalty. The trusty Brannan duly dispatched the ball into the net and kept his hundred percent success rate intact. That's four out of four from the spot this season.
A minute later and Derek Townsley threw himself at a cross and almost made it two.
We looked comfortable at the back and Brannan seemed to enjoy the extra time and space available to him.
The second half saw us dig deep in the attempt to hold the lead. Killie had several long spells of intense pressure but despite that they made few chances. Goram made his first save in fifty eight minutes.
We looked the better team and made every attempt to pass the ball. Spaces started to be made behind the Killie defence as they pushed up the park and by the time they had committed three subs and moved to all out attack there was enough room for Twaddle to strike.
He came on to replace the tiring Spencer after Hammell came on for Leitch. Derek Townsley sent him away and he ran on to slot a smashing curler beyond Marshall. Two up and the smallest Rugby Park gate of the season so far started to leave. We held on - though conceding the obligatory late goal - for three points and managed to get back in the top six. Interesting times ahead !
Corrigan Strong Brannan Oueifio McMillan
Townsley Leitch (S57 Hammell) Adams (S88 Lasley)
McCulloch Spencer (S75Twaddle)
Subs unused: Woods Goodman
Referee J Underhill
Kilmarnock 1 Motherwell 2
3 February 2001