The Killie keeper appeared to carry the ball over the line after a tame Marcus Fraser header in injury time, giving St Mirren an equaliser that was otherwise out of reach.
Killie started from where they left off against Motherwell on Wednesday night and looked a vastly improved side both on and off the ball. With Saints largely camped in their own half inside the opening 15 minutes, Killie were slowly turning the screw to try and find the opener.
With 11 minutes on the clock, Alex Dyer’s side made their early dominance count. Chris Burke burst down the right-hand side after a loose ball and floated a perfect cross into the area. Danny Whitehall leapt highest inside the six-yard box and nodded a header down into the turf and past Jak Alnwick to put the Ayrshire outfit a goal up.
The game was halted for a significant period of time shortly after the Killie goal. With the Buddies on the attack, a deep cross was punched clear by Rogers, who flattened Richard Tait in the process. The Saints full-back appeared to be out cold after the coming together and his day was finished.
Killie did not stop working for the entire first half, keeping the Buddies camped inside their own half for large spells. They regularly turned over possession and could not make good chances from the little time they had on the ball.
The Buddies looked a better side after the restart. They played some slick football and looked to have a spark that was missing in the opening 45 minutes. Despite their time on the ball, Saints still couldn’t muster much in the final third to try and find that important equaliser.
As the match ticked over into injury time, Rogers appeared to carry the ball over the line from a tame header. The linesman did not signal that the ball had crossed the line, however, the goal was given by the referee much to the protestations of the Killie players.
With the match ending 1-1, St Mirren and Kilmarnock sit seventh and eight respectively in the Premiership table. Both sides will hope to continue collecting points as the second half of the season gets underway. Here are three things we learned.
New Year, new Killie
As a poor run of results at the end of 2020 came to a close, Kilmarnock picked up a win. Dyer’s side came away from Motherwell with the three points midweek and against St Mirren, Killie ramped up the pressure.
Dyer will be hoping that the performances only get better as the season rolls into 2021 and also hoping his players can carry the team away from the bottom, although he’ll be gutted with just a point here.
Buddies will take it
Goodwin’s St Mirren had a strong run of results to end 2020 that featured a win over Rangers to dump the Gers out of the League Cup. But the performance against Kilmarnock wasn’t near that standard.
The Buddies boss will be looking for his players to improve as they head into an important fixture against Motherwell next weekend, but taking a point from this is good given the circumstances.
Whitehall’s contract is due to expire around January 10 and he has recently stated he would open to signing an extension with the club if it was offered. The big striker now has two goals in two games after scoring a penalty against the Steelmen in the midweek fixture and the club may be looking to tie him down for a little bit longer.
With Eamonn Brophy and Nicke Kabamba yet to hit form this season, Whitehall could be the answer to Killie’s forward needs.
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