Pressure continues to mount on manager Gary Locke as Killie huffed and puffed to another defeat, this time at home to fellow premiership strugglers Hamilton. This was a team who shipped eight goals at Parkhead a few weeks ago, yet were barely troubled by Killie at the back. The weather didn’t help either team, with swirling winds making passing even more difficult. The general consensus seemed to be a fear of dropping points, rather than the hope of gaining any.

There was a severe lack of quality from both teams throughout the game, with the game’s only goal not coming until the 71st minute. The first half was very scrappy, with sightings of goal few and far between for each team. One of Hamilton’s most dangerous attacks almost led to a goal as Crawford was sent through on goal after a mix up in the Killie defence, only for him to chip MacDonald and watch as the ball rolled inches past the post. At the other end, Greg Kiltie placed a cross right on the head of Magennis, but the big striker could only put the ball over the bar. This was as close as both teams got to a goal as the first half petered out.

The second half proved to be only slightly more eventful, with a bit more urgency in the play. There were still chances for either team, with Kurtaj missing a great chance for the away side, before Killie dominated a large chunk of the game. Jamie Hamill with a headed chance before Kris Boyd was unlucky to only hit the crossbar with a free kick. Killie were made to rue their lack of clinical finishing in front of goal with twenty minutes left to play, when Carlton Morris rose highest at a corner to power a header past a helpless MacDonald.

After this, the home side resorted to a ‘punt and pray’ approach, with Boyd and Magennis the target men up front. This left Killie rather exposed at the back and Hamilton almost capitalised on this in the last minute when the ball was squared to Dougie Imrie, who could only blaze the ball high into the stands.

As the final whistle blew, there were boos all around the ground and chants of “Locke Out”, as the Killie fans voiced their displeasure at not just the result, but of the club’s season in general. With more pressure on the board and Locke than ever before, will he be in charge for next week’s crucial game at Ibrox? Only time will tell.

 

Kilmarnock                                                                        Hamilton

  • 21 MacDonald                                                                      01 McGovern
  • 24 Syme                                                                               02 Gordon
  • 18 Ashcroft                                                                           04 Devlin
  • 26 Balatoni                                                                           44 Tagliapietra
  • 22 McHattie                                                                          03 Kurakins
  • 07 McKenzie                                                                         18 MacKinnon
  • 19 Slater                                                                                07 Imrie
  • 08 Robinson                                                                          22 Lyon        
  • 23 Kiltie                                                                                  11 Crawford
  • 09 Boyd                                                                                  12 Kurtaj 
  • 28 Magennis                                                                           14 Morris

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