As Killie fans, there aren’t many times where we can truthfully say that we dominated a game of football for 90 minutes.
However, today was definitely one of those days, and we have almost nothing to show for it.
From the first minute till the last, it was clear to see just why the ‘Ness have been struggling this season, and this is something which we should have exploited much more than we did.
From the word go, our defence looked solid and sturdy, even with a full debut for teenager Ian Wilson at centre half.
It was a poor first half from both teams, with very little clear cut chances but lots of sustained pressure from Killie. It was Nathan Tyson who came closest to scoring, when he lobbed the Inverness goalkeeper after a long ball over the top. The home fans were celebrating too soon however, as Josh Meekings made up enough ground to get back and clear the ball off the line.
Both sets of fans were also being wound up by the seemingly incompetent referee Nick Walsh, who would blow for a foul every time two players challenged for the ball.
As thesecond half progressed, the game opened up a little bit, with the home side still dominating most of the ball.
We eventually made the breakthrough on the 74th minute, and it was another stunner from Coulibaly. Driving into the box, he twisted and turned to give himself room before firing an unstoppable shot into the top corner. The 3200 Killie fans inside Rugby Park showed their approval of the goal, as well as of his customary backflip.
This seemed to wake Inverness out of their slumber, and the next ten minutes were their best in the match. It ended with a free kick into the Killie box, and the defence, which ha been so sturdy all game, switched off to give Warren a free header which he duly dispatched past MacDonald.
Although Killie pressed in the last few minutes for a winner, it proved to be fruitless and instead of a point gained, it feels like two dropped.
MacDonald – Didn’t have a lot to do all game and was left exposed for the goal – 7
Hendrie – Good attacking threat, one of his best games in a Killie shirt – 7
Boyle – Sturdy at the back when needed although lost concentration on occasion – 7
Wilson – Fantastic debut from the youngster, looked calm and composed all game – 9
Taylor – Performed well defensively and linked up well with Jones going forward – 7
Smith – Grew into the game as it went on, although gave away some needless fouls – 7
Dicker – Controlled the game in the middle of the park, his range of passing is improving with each game – 8
McKenzie – A mixed game from the young man, started to fade away towards the end – 6
Jones – Very creative going forward, but poor corners and free kicks really got on the nerves of most Killie fans – 6
Coulibaly – Was mostly ineffective playing on the wing, but scored another outstanding goal for his 11th of the season – 8
Tyson – Lots of hard work and running, was very unlucky not to score with lob over keeper – 7
MAN OF THE MATCH: Ian Wilson