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St Mirren 0-1 Kilmarnock: Nicke Kabamba goal consigns Buddies to fifth straight loss


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St Mirren 0-1 Kilmarnock: Nicke Kabamba goal consigns Buddies to fifth straight loss

Nicke Kabamba followed his winning goal against Hamilton with the opener at St Mirren ParkNicke Kabamba’s first-half goal moved Kilmarnock up to fifth in the Scottish Premiership and sent St Mirren bottom.Kabamba converted Chris Burke’s low cross for his second winning goal in two weeks as Killie secured successive victories for the first time this…

St Mirren 0-1 Kilmarnock: Nicke Kabamba goal consigns Buddies to fifth straight loss
Nicke Kabamba scores for Kilmarnock against St Mirren
Nicke Kabamba followed his winning goal against Hamilton with the opener at St Mirren Park

Nicke Kabamba’s first-half goal moved Kilmarnock up to fifth in the Scottish Premiership and sent St Mirren bottom.

Kabamba converted Chris Burke’s low cross for his second winning goal in two weeks as Killie secured successive victories for the first time this term.

Greg Kiltie tested Jak Alnwick early in the second period as the visitors threatened a second.

The hosts’ best effort came before they fell behind with Joe Shaughnessy’s header hitting the top of the crossbar.

Ilkay Durmus dragged a shot wide and the winger’s corner gave Shaughnessy his big chance as St Mirren started brightly in a sun-kissed Paisley.

But Killie gradually took control of possession and Burke exchanged passes with Alan Power before laying on an enticing ball for Kabamba to finish.

It was a similar move that led to Kiltie’s effort as he received Ross Millen’s pass and curled in a goal-bound shot that forced Alnwick to act on his return to the starting line-up following a positive Covid-19 test.

Marcus Fraser, moved from right to left-back in suspended Richard Tait’s absence, was booked for catching Millen with a high challenge that left the Killie right-back in need of treatment.

Shaughnessy and Kirk Broadfoot came together in the Kilmarnock box but St Mirren’s penalty appeals fell on deaf ears.

And Junior Morias was unable to connect with fellow Buddies substitute Dylan Connolly’s cross in added time.

Man of the match – Nicke Kabamba

Nicke Kabamba and Conor McCarthy
It was a team effort from Killie but Kabamba led the line well and got the all important goal

What did we learn?

Kilmarnock may have taken a while to get going this season but their experienced campaigners have really come to the fore with Burke in particular having an impressive season.

Power’s return in centre midfield is a welcome boost for manager Alex Dyer and Eamonn Brophy’s absence through suspension was not the headache it could have been, thanks to Kabamba’s continued form in front of goal.

Goals continue to be a problem for St Mirren with only five registered so far in this campaign and Jim Goodwin’s side have not scored more than once in a game during that period.

Injury has restricted summer signing forward Kristian Dennis to just three appearances and the Paisley outfit are in real need of his kind of goalscoring prowess, with more than 100 to his name.

What did they say?

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: “Back foot in the first half. We didn’t get close enough to Kilmarnock, we sat far too deep and we didn’t get in their faces enough. The goal from our point of view is really disappointing.

“Second half, we were better. We just didn’t do enough. We didn’t create enough clear cut chances. We have to do better at those key moments. I’ve got great belief in this group that I’ve put together. I know we will turn it around. I don’t think it’s a time for panic.”

Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer: “We were in control, we managed the game well, we got out goal and we passed the ball very well. We were in control from start to finish, to be honest.

“The gameplan is to come here and try and win whatever way we can. We’ve been passing the ball well this season whether we’ve got good results or not and we believe in what we do, so the main thing is to carry on doing that and hopefully the results will come and the last couple of games they have.”

What’s next?

Both sides next play on Friday evening with St Mirren visiting Aberdeen and Kilmarnock at home to Motherwell.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1Alnwick
  • 14MacPherson
  • 5McCarthyBooked at 87mins
  • 4Shaughnessy
  • 22FraserBooked at 56mins
  • 25ErhahonSubstituted forMcAllisterat 82′minutes
  • 11DurmusSubstituted forConnollyat 60′minutes
  • 17McGrathSubstituted forObikaat 45′minutes
  • 16FoleyBooked at 43minsSubstituted forSheronat 45′minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 19MoriasBooked at 83mins
  • 23Erwin

Substitutes

  • 6Sheron
  • 9Obika
  • 10McAllister
  • 21Connolly
  • 27Urminsky
  • 33Jamieson

Kilmarnock

  • 23Rogers
  • 22MillenSubstituted forRossiat 90+4′minutes
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 17Findlay
  • 18Waters
  • 6Power
  • 8Dicker
  • 29BurkeSubstituted forMcKenzieat 72′minutes
  • 27Tshibola
  • 10Kiltie
  • 11Kabamba

Substitutes

  • 2McGowan
  • 3Haunstrup
  • 4Dikamona
  • 7McKenzie
  • 12Whitehall
  • 14Rossi
  • 16Doyle
  • 19Pinnock
  • 20Cameron

Live Text

  1. Match ends, St. Mirren 0, Kilmarnock 1.

  2. Second Half ends, St. Mirren 0, Kilmarnock 1.

  3. Substitution, Kilmarnock. Zeno Rossi replaces Ross Millen.

  4. Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Foul by Nathan Sheron (St. Mirren).

  6. Foul by Nicke Kabamba (Kilmarnock).

  7. Conor McCarthy (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Cameron MacPherson.

  9. Conor McCarthy (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Nicke Kabamba (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Foul by Conor McCarthy (St. Mirren).

  12. Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Foul by Marcus Fraser (St. Mirren).

  14. Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock).

  15. Junior Morias (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Nathan Sheron (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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  17. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Foul by Nathan Sheron (St. Mirren).

  19. Junior Morias (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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