By Lewis Laird
The game burst into life in the early stages with three goals inside the first 15 minutes as Killie went into the break 2-1 up. But just after half-time, County levelled things up, meaning neither side could take advantage of Hamilton losing 1-0 to Dundee United.
Kilmarnock got off to a flyer, taking the lead after just two minutes in the game. As Ross County looked to have dealt with the first delivery into the box from a corner, it was picked up on the left side of the area. The home side then recycled the play, putting another cross into the box which was cleared once again but only as far as Chris Burke who ran on to the ball, smashing a volley into the bottom corner from around 16 yards out.
County leveled the score up just a few minutes later. A long ball upfield found the head of Billy McKay, who was looking to find one of his attacking partners, picking out Michael Gardyne. The veteran winger took a lovely touch inside the Kilmarnock defence and finished from close range.
10 minutes later and the home side were back in front. A free-kick for Kilmarnock was directed towards the County box, Kyle Lafferty’s header finding Mitch Pinnock who attempted to hold the ball up. With three defenders surrounding the winger, it didn’t look like Pinnock had many options, but he spun away from his markers and powered a right-footed effort on goal which Ross Laidlaw could not keep out the net.
After a frantic start, there were not many more clear-cut chances to shout about with the game becoming a feisty affair as both sides scrap for Premiership survival. John Hughes’ team started the second half on the front foot and the better of both sides looking to score next.
The away side found their equaliser on the 53rd-minute mark from a set-piece. Another well-delivered cross from a corner made its way into the six-yard box as a whole host of bodies waited. Alex Iacovitti was the man to meet it, powering his header home at the back post.
Neither side could take a further advantage as they took home the share of the points in what felt like a relegation six-pointer at the bottom of the Premiership. Here are three things we learned.
Better Point for Hughes
This may be a better point for County than Killie. The two managers would have been hoping to take three points from the crucial affair but it was very even. County remain in tenth place, just one point above Kilmarnock in the relegation play-off spot.
Relegation battles goes on
As we head towards the final fixtures, both County and Kilmarnock will be looking to make sure they are clear of the bottom two. It looks likely that at least one of them will be in either 11th 0r 12th though, this a missed opportunity to move further away from Hamilton Accies at the bottom.
Up for the fight
This display showed two teams ready for the relegation fight. It is almost impossible to guess who could go down out the current bottom three, given how tight it is. It’s going down to the final day.
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