Connor Johnson made his first appearance for Kilmarnock against Motherwell following his move from Wolves in the summer and the defender was kept busy all night.

Johnson was handed his debut as Stuart Findlay dropped out the starting XI through injury and Dario Del Fabro was named on the bench at Fir Park.

Findlay was injured. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Killie eventually fell to a 2-1 defeat, with dubious refereeing decisions from Don Robertson affecting the game.

The biggest decision he made left 21-year-old Johnson exposed.


Wolves man Johnson coped well with Kilmarnock facing an onslaught

Robertson sent off his centre-back partner Alex Bruce for a tackle on last man Chris Long as he burst through on goal. The veteran Killie defender clearly got the ball, but Robertson didn’t see it and instead sent him off.

Robertson failed to see the tackle. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

Motherwell scored from the resulting free kick, putting Johnson and his Kilmarnock teammates on the backfoot. Gary Dicker dropped into centre-half to help out the young centre-back as he was given a baptism of fire within the first 20 minutes.

Angelo Alessio has his team well drilled, so in spite of the Well having 60% of the ball and 14 shots at goal (BBC), Kilmarnock managed to hold them off well.

The Wolves loanee played his part too by adopting a no-frills approach to the game. With a man disadvantage, he made some decent tackles both on the ground and in the air.

A decent enough Kilmarnock debut for Wolves lad Johnson . (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

Whilst early on he did look a bit nervous on the ball and his pace was a bit exposed against the speedy Devante Cole, for a team defending with ten men, Johnson held his own.

Was it the perfect debut? No, but it certainly wasn’t a bad effort for his first appearance, especially under the circumstances.

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