in Match Reports November 5, 2016
Kilmarnock 0 Hamilton 0
Alan Cochrane @ Rugby Park
In a game where effort outweighed skill, at the end, a draw, and a share of the points, was about right. Both teams could have had a penalty, both teams created (a few) chances but were unable to convert them, and both goalkeepers had decent saves near the end. Gary Woods saved well from Adam Frizzell after the substitute had wormed his way through Hamilton’s defence, and Jamie Mac Donald had an even better save in the 94th minute by diving full length to his left and turning a shot round the post.
Real quality was seldom on view. Jordan Jones caused some problems on the wing, Souleymane Coulibaly was fairly isolated until near the end, and Kris Boyd was always looking for a chance but was too often caught offside. He did in fact have the ball in the net, but the assistant referee again had the flag up, so the game stayed goalless. Boyd had a couple of headers in the first half narrowly miss the goal, and for the visitors, Ally Crawford pulled a couple of shots wide, but too often the ball was being thrashed back and forward between the rival defences.
Killie started the second half with a rare passing move which ended with Coulibaly having a fine volley which Woods saved well, and then came even closer when MacKenzie sent him through on goal, but Woods raced out to save and deflect the shot for a corner. When Frizzell replaced the injured Steven Smith, he brought some extra urgency to midfield, and with Coulibaly and Jones switching wings Kilmarnock presented some new challenges to the visitors, but still couldn't make the breakthrough.
At the end, both managers were disappointed at not having gained a victory, but both thought a draw was about right. Lee Clarke thought the best piece of skill today was when he trapped the ball in the technical area. Enough said.
Kilmarnock: MacDonald, Smith (Frizzell), Addison (Burn), McKenzie, Dicker, Jones, K Boyd, S Boyd, Coulibaly, Taylor, Hendrie
Hamilton: Woods, Devlin, Gillespie, Imrie (McMann), Docherty, Crawford, Kurtaj (Longridge), Bingham (Brophy), MacKinnon, Donati, Sarris
Referee: Euan Anderson
Sandy Ferguson's match pictures.