In the weeks since Lee Clark has been in the Killie hot-seat, he has got one part of his very tough job spot on; to stop the team from leaking goals left, right and centre. However, he has yet to sort out the problem further up the field, with goals drying up in recent months. In fact, the Ayrshire side have only scored one goal in their last six games, and even that came in a game where they lost to Aberdeen.
Killie travelled to Firhill to entertain Partick Thistle, who were trying to climb their way into the top six. For the away side, this was seen as a game where points were vital in their bid to stay in the division. With Dundee United just seven points behind at the start of play, their seemingly impossible comeback really was being believed.
Lee Clark gave a debut to centre-back Miles Addison, who partnered well with Balatoni in the heart of the Killie defence. And it was the new boy who came close to giving Killie the lead after four minutes, when his header from Faubert’s pinpoint delivery hit Cerny’s right hand post and was eventually cleared. After this however, Thistle came into the game and began to dominate, with Edwards, Frans and Pogba all coming close for Alan Archibald’s side.
In the second half, both teams came even closer to scoring, with either side having a goal chopped off for offside. For Killie, Rory McKenzie’s shot bounced off the crossbar and Boyd quickly poked home, however, the veteran striker was a few yards offside. For Thistle, Pogba was played through and smashed the ball under Jamie MacDonald, but much to the Killie rearguard’s relief, he had strayed into an offside position.
The away side had the chance to snatch the three points fifteen minutes from time, when Magennis squared the ball to Boyd in the box. However, much to the disbelief of the 1000 or so Killie fans packed inside the main stand, he blasted over from all of eight yards out.
That was it for a game that seemed destined from the outset to remain goal-less and Killie’s day was made worse by United winning in Perth, meaning that Killie hover just five points above bottom spot, with the men in orange having played a game less. Next week, Killie welcome St Johnstone to Rugby Park where the men in blue’s search for points to preserve their top flight status will continue.