in Match Reports September 12, 2016
Kilmarnock travelled to face Dundee on Saturday 10th September with a superb Coulibaly goal earning the team a point from a 1 – 1 draw. Alan Cochrane provided our match report from Dens Park.
“A little bit of frustration in the dressing room. Normally you would be happy to come here and get a point, but we’re a bit disappointed that we didn't push on and get all three.” That was how manager Lee Clark summed things up at the end of the game this afternoon, but with Paul Hartley saying something very similar, then perhaps a share of the spoils was about right at the end of the day.
Killie started brightly, Kris Boyd had the first chance with a header from a Steven Smith free kick, but his looping effort was gathered easily by Scott Bain in the Dundee goal. At the other end, Scott Boyd had a great block on a Wighton shot which gave away a corner.
But in seven minutes the home side took the lead. Faissal El Bakhtaoui was first to the front post to meet a Tom Hateley free kick and flicked the ball cleverly past Jamie MacDonald to put Dundee ahead.
Kilmarnock immediately raged back into the game and created several chances.
Boyd had a speculative effort go high over the bar, before a cute move involving a Coulibaly back heel and Smith cross gave him another chance, only for his header this time to go just over. Hendrie was rampaging down the right wing, with one cross forcing a corner and another giving Boyd another chance, but this time his shot went just wide.
The equaliser was only delayed however, and it came in the 31st minute. Frizzell fired over a cross from the right wing and Coulibaly met it with a tremendous overhead hitch kick which flew past Bain’s left hand and inside the post.
Before the interval, Jamie MacDonald did well to dive out and cut off a cross from the right wing, so at the break the score was 1-1.
Soon after the restart, the Kilmarnock keeper again did well with a terrific double save from Craig Wighton. Then, for Killie, Adam Frizzell had the ball in the net, but Kris Boyd had already strayed offside.
The game was now end-to-end, with Hateley shooting over for the home side, and a Hendrie free kick just eluding Coulibaly in front of goal.
With ten minutes left, a late tackle from Kevin Gomis earned him a straight red card and saw substitute Charlee Adams carried off, himself to be substituted by George Green. El Bakkhtoui had a late shot go just wide, but neither side could find the killer move, and the game finished all square.
Paul Hartley was pleased with his team’s start, but after the first twenty minutes he felt that Dundee weren't good enough in the final third.
Lee Clark was also fairly satisfied, but thought we could have pushed on more for all three points. “We handled the setback of going one down early, and we scored a wonderful goal, where the technique was just out of this world.
He [Coulibaly] is always doing that in training, and a few lads are getting cuts and bruises [trying to stop him]. My lads are ducking and diving when those crosses are coming in. He's a great lad, and the rest of the boys have really taken to him.
I'm fine with his celebration. I wish I could do it. I couldn't do it when I was in my pomp. The medical team and the doctor are having kittens when he's doing it, and the lads give him a bit of space too in case they get a whack in the face off his somersault.”I think the gaffer would like to see it often in the future.
Dundee: Bain, Holt, O’Dea (Etxabeguren), Hateley (Loy), O’Hara, Ross, McGowan, El Bakhtaoui, Kerr, Wighton (Yordi), Gomis
Kilmarnock: MacDonald, Smith, Dicker, K Boyd, S Boyd, Burn, Coulibaly, Frizzell (Jones), McKenzie, Hendrie, Hawkshaw (Adams)(Green)
Referee: Don Robertson
10th Sept 2016
10th Sept 2016
10th Sept 2016