in Match Reports April 21, 2018
Killie's bid to record seven successive league wins ended in disappointment as we went down 2-0 at home to Aberdeen.
Goals from Kenny McLean and Shay Logan saw the Dons run out winners as we suffered our first home league loss of 2018.
Steve Clarke was forced to shuffle with the pack with Jordan Jones, Youssouf Mulumbu, Aaron Tshibola and Jamie MacDonald all missing out through injury.
Employing three at the back for the first time since the 1-0 victory over Motherwell in February, Scott Boyd came into the side alongside Kirk Broadfoot and Stuart Findlay with Greg Taylor and the returning Stephen O'Donnell providing the width.
Leo Fasan remained in goals and he was called upon in the opening minutes to make a stunning save from Scott McKenna's header.
Eamonn Brophy returned to the starting line up and he looked lively in the opening stages as Killie tried to find a way past the dogged Dons rearguard.
In what was an even contest, Kenny McLean struck the opener after the home defence backed off and he beat Fasan with a well-struck shot from distance.
Killie rallied but Kris Boyd saw his effort cleared close to the post while Joe Lewis tipped away a fine strike from Alan Power as it was to prove a frustrating day for the Ayrshire men.
Aberdeen gained their second from a hotly-disputed free kick awarded by Nick Walsh. Anthony O'Connor brought out another great save from Fasan but Shay Logan was on hand to tap the ball home.
Lee Erwin, Innes Cameron and Chris Burke were all introduced to try and find a way back into the match but despite never giving up, the home crowd didn't have a goal to cheer.
Attention now turns to next Saturday's clash with Hibernian at Easter Road as Clarke's side aim to build fresh momentum heading into the summer.
Kilmarnock: Fasan; O'Donnell, S.Boyd (Erwin), Broadfoot, Findlay, Taylor; Power, Dicker, Kiltie (Burke), Brophy (Cameron), K.Boyd