05 Dec Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee United: 10-man Killie hold on
By Craig Turnbull at Rugby Park
Dundee United failed to capitalise on the man advantage as they were held to a draw by 10-man Kilmarnock.
Billy McKay cancelled out Kris Boyd’s early goal while Stuart Findlay saw red for the Ayrshire outfit.
With a host of Premiership matches victim to Storm Desmond it was a chance for both teams to profit from postponements.
Neither could take advantage though Kilmarnock boss Gary Locke believed the game should have been off.
“You’ve got boys who work hard all week and they pay good money to come to the football,” he said.
“For me, we call games off if pitches are water-logged, if pitches are solid.
“Certainly, for me, it’s something that should be looked at if the wind is over 30mph or 40mph because you’re not going to get much quality.
“To be fair to the two teams, both teams tried to play, which was good to see. But, going forward, it’s something we have got to look at.”
Killie started th9e quicker as Boyd grabbed his third goal of the season turning in a Josh Magennis cross.
It could have been worse for United, with Tope Obadeyi coming close for the hosts as the visitors failed to deal with a long throw-in.
Then came the turning point in the game as Gary Locke’s men were reduced to 10 men when Stuart Findlay was sent off for bringing down Ryan McGowan in the box. Billy McKay dispatched the resultant penalty.
Both teams looked vulnerable at the back which made for an entertaining match with plenty of chances. Craig Slater hit the post for Kilmarnock before John Souttar went close at the other end but neither side could find that elusive winner.
United are six points adrift at the bottom of the table while Killie are dragged further into the relegation playoff battle.
United boss Mixu Paatelainen said: “We would be worried if we didn’t create chances. It is a pity we are not taking them but our overall game going forward creates those chances so we just have to try to take them in future.”
Elsewhere Aberdeen narrowed the gap to Celtic to four points after a 2-0 win over Dundee. St Johnstone continued their tremendous away record beating Ross County 3-2 – their seventh succesive away victory.