Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis has praised the team’s attackers after the Dons came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Rugby Park.
An Eamonn Brophy penalty, followed by a tidy finish from Greg Kiltie on the edge of the box put Kilmarnock in a great position to take all three points against Derek McInnes’ side.
But the Dons wouldn’t be beaten, with Niall McGinn and Connor McLennan restoring parity with goals either side of half-time.
Given that third-placed Motherwell ran out 4-1 winners against Ross County, the evening can be deemed something of a disappointment in the context of the league, but the visitors can certainly be pleased with the character they showed to extend their unbeaten run at Rugby Park, given how they had started the game.
After the game, Lewis spoke of the value of the team’s attackers.
He said (official website): “We have got good attacking options even with Sam [Cosgrove] missing.
“I was pleased to see Connor doing well. He created the first and scored the second. Connor had a difficult start to the game, things were not coming off for him, but he kept going and going and credit to him for doing that. He is a young lad reacted brilliantly. That is all you can ask from the boys. He has given 100% and come up with the goods.
“It was a great finish from Niall as well.
“Matty [Kennedy] has been different class. He has the same attitude off the pitch as he has on it. He is a positive lad and he is a very likable lad and that transfers onto the pitch for us as well. He has been really good for us.”
Aberdeen slip up
McInnes will be pleased with the character shown to come from 2-0 down to rescue a point, but the Motherwell result ultimately means it was a poor night for Aberdeen.
They have now slipped to three points behind the Well in the race for third, and face a Hibs side who will be itching to atone for their poor performance against Hearts midweek.
And speaking of Hearts, Daniel Stendel’s men – back bottom of the pile after Hamilton’s shock win over Rangers – are Motherwell’s opponents on Saturday.