Kilmarnock 1-0 Motherwell: Boyd's goal gains back-to-back home wins

Kilmarnock 1-0 Motherwell: Boyd's goal gains back-to-back home wins

in Match Reports December 16, 2017

Kilmarnock secured back-to-back home victories for the first time in three years as Scott Boyd's goal saw off Motherwell.

The defender, in for his first league start of the campaign, forced the ball over the line after 'Well keeper Russell Griffiths had failed to deal with a Chris Burke corner.

Having come in for Gordon Greer during the midweek draw at Ross County, Boyd kept his place with Chris Burke in for Jordan Jones and Greg Taylor at left back for the injured Stuart Findlay.

Jamie MacDonald was called upon to make a number of fine saves, the first from Craig Tanner when the forward found space in the box.

In a scrappy midfield battle, Gary Dicker, Alan Power and Youssouf Mulumbu were being made to work hard against a Motherwell side missing top scorer Louis Moult and key midfielder Chris Cadden.

As the game moved into the latter stages of the first half, Boyd was on hand to prod home after a scramble in the box following Griffiths' punch.

Killie were forced to weather an early second-half storm as Motherwell through multiple crosses into the box.

MacDonald was on hand to repel further danger and ensure his clean sheet remained intact.

Substitute Jordan Jones came so close to adding a second for Killie but his deflected shot was somehow kept out by Griffiths' legs. 

Another boost for Killie came in the form of Greg Kitie's return from injury with the forward coming off the bench for the final 15 minutes. It was the attacker's first Premiership appearance since breaking his ankle against Ross County back in May.

The home side were able to deal with the rest of the match as Steve Clarke's men built on last weekend's triumph against Partick Thistle and can now look forward to the visit of Rangers next Saturday.

Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, S.Boyd, Broadfoot, Taylor; Power (Jones), Dicker, Mulumbu, Burke (Erwin), Brophy (Kiltie), K.Boyd