Motherwell 0-1 Kilmarnock: Stephen sends Killie into top six

Motherwell 0-1 Kilmarnock: Stephen sends Killie into top six

in Match Reports February 17, 2018

Stephen O'Donnell climbed out his sick bed to fire home the winner to give Killie a precious 1-0 win over Motherwell.

The defender, who had been feeling unwell overnight, thought he was going to miss the Fir Park clash but he recovered to play a crucial part in a fine away win.

Former Partick Thistle man O'Donnell reacted quickly to a loose ball before expertly finding the corner with a beautifully placed strike past Trevor Carson to ensure we leapfrogged Motherwell in sixth spot.

Having pondered a few selection issues, Steve Clarke brought Jordan Jones back from suspension to replace the ill Aaron Tshibola while Youssouf Mulumbu returned for the suspended Gary Dicker.

Kris Boyd and Eamonn Brophy combined well early on with the league's joint top scorer just missing the target with a fine shot.

The hosts were looking confident following a fine run of recent form with Curtis Main and Nadir Ciftci forming a strong partnership in attack.

Chris Cadden and Elliot Frear were also looking lively on the wings and Kirk Broadfoot had to be alert to turn the ball off his own post after good work from the 'Well wingers.

O'Donnell's moment came after 34 minutes when the home side were punished for slack play in midfield with O'Donnell taking full advantage with a daisy cutter strike.

With 1,243 Killie fans making up the 5,372 crowd at Fir Park, they continued to cheer their team on as we played on the break under some strong pressure from Motherwell.

Scott Boyd, Broadfoot and Stuart Findlay were all having to clear their lines as 'Well attempted to find their way back into the match. A series of crosses and attempts were dealt with by the defence as our midweek exertions against Dundee began to show.

As substitutions altered the flow of the match, Motherwell went close from a late corner as they flooded the penalty area with crosses from wide positions. Goalkeeper Trevor Carson even made his way into the Killie penalty box in a last-ditch attempt to salvage a draw.

But it was to be Killie's day as we held on to secure a morale-boosting victory and keep our fine run of form going.

Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, Broadfoot, S.Boyd, Findlay; Mulumbu, McKenzie, Taylor, Jones (Burke), Brophy (Erwin), K.Boyd (I.Wilson)

Att: 5,372