skip to content
Unfair challenge on Dieter Van Tornhout by Mark Kerr results in a free kick. Mark Kerr goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by Garry Hay from right channel.
Mark Kerr challenges James Dayton unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Dayton crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from own half, Chris Smith makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joe Cardle.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle from the right by-line.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Hardie on Lewis Toshney. Free kick taken by Liam Kelly.
Joe Cardle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali. Free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
Ben Gordon is caught offside. Free kick taken by Chris Smith.
Inswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels from the left by-line, Manuel Pascali takes a shot. Patrick Boyle gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Kelly by Kyle Hutton. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.
(Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with James Dayton coming on for Paul Heffernan.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Garry Hay.
Unfair challenge on Dean Shiels by Kyle Hutton results in a free kick. Kyle Hutton is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Andy Kirk goes off and Martin Hardie comes on. Steven McDougall comes on in place of Liam Buchanan. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Garry Hay, save by Chris Smith.
Unfair challenge on Garry Hay by David Graham results in a free kick. Dean Shiels produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Andy Kirk has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels, Kyle Hutton manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Alex Keddie on Michael Nelson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Manuel Pascali handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Kevin Rutkiewicz restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Joe Cardle.
Garry Hay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Graham. Joe Cardle joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Burns. Direct free kick taken by Alex Keddie.
Garry Hay takes a shot. Save by Chris Smith.
Dieter Van Tornhout joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Racchi.
Unfair challenge on Dean Shiels by Jordan McMillan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Shiels.
Shot from deep inside the area by Paul Heffernan goes over the bar.
Danny Racchi fouled by Kyle Hutton, the ref awards a free kick. Garry Hay takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Fowler on Mark Kerr. Free kick taken by Kevin Rutkiewicz.
Gers pair in line for Pars debuts
Dunfermline could hand debuts to on-loan Rangers duo Jordan McMillan and Kyle Hutton for Tuesday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Kilmarnock at East End Park.
Captain Austin McCann is included in the Dunfermline squad after recovering from a hamstring problem while Paul Burns returns after being sidelined with a dead leg.
Manager Jim McIntyre is without long-term absentees Paul Gallacher, Nick Phinn, Steven Bell and Steven McDougall.
McIntyre is hoping a run of three successive home fixtures can be the turning point in Dunfermline's battle for survival .
The Pars are yet to win a home game this season, but with Rangers and Inverness visiting East End Park in the coming weeks, McIntyre is hopeful his team can put such poor form behind them.
"It's about time we got a home win to get the monkey off our back and to stay in the league we have to put a run of results together," McIntyre said.
"There is a big incentive for us to win against Kilmarnock as we would move off the bottom of the league.
"You have to be confident and positive going into a game; we know that Kilmarnock have good players so we will have to be at our best to win the game."
Michael Nelson is a major doubt for Kilmarnock.
The powerful defender sustained an ankle injury at Hibernian on Saturday and will have a fitness test in the morning of the game.
Midfielders Gary Harkins (ankle) and Danny Buijs (calf) and defenders Alex Pursehouse and Ryan O'Leary (both knee) remain on the sidelines.
Killie manager Kenny Shiels has been stung by the reaction to his "honest account" of recent matches.
The Northern Irishman took stick in some quarters of the media for criticising the negative tactics of Ayrshire rivals Ayr United after Killie had eventually overcome the Irn-Bru First Division side 1-0 in the semi-final of the Scottish Communities League Cup final at Hampden.
After losing 1-0 in the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round to Hibernian at Easter Road on Saturday, Shiels claimed that time-wasting by Hibs keeper Graham Stack wrecked Kilmarnock's hopes of a cup double, which again brought criticism.
The Killie boss claims his honesty has backfired on him to the extent that he sees it as a "fault" rather than a virtue.
"I give an honest accurate account of how I see a football game and when I am asked questions I always give an honest answer," he told Press Association Sport, ahead of the trip.
"I don't like being evasive. I have to give a clear picture.
"But I see that as a fault in myself because I am getting slaughtered.
"I was slaughtered for what I said about Ayr, which is 100% true, I got slaughtered for what I said on Saturday. It hurts when they do things like that
"I shouldn't take that personally but all I am doing is giving an honest account of how the game went and sometimes you have to talk about time-wasting if it is there and it has a major impact.
"And what I said was true, and people have to understand this."
Killie squander top-six chance
Kilmarnock missed the opportunity to return to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League's top six as Dunfermline claimed a valuable point in their battle against relegation after a 1-1 draw at East End Park.
In a game postponed due to fog on December 10, James Fowler's deflected shot after 21 minutes put Killie ahead as the visitors sought to avenge the 3-0 loss to the Pars on January 21 and return to the top half of the table.
Andy Kirk equalised after 44 minutes, and although Dunfermline's search for a first home victory of the season goes on, the Pars moved level on points with Hibernian at the foot of the SPL standings, while Killie moved seventh.
Dunfermline made five changes from the side which lost to Aberdeen on January 28, with on-loan Rangers midfielder Kyle Hutton and former Ger Jordan McMillan making their debuts and the fifth enforced after goalkeeper Iain Turner suffered a back problem in the warm-up, with Chris Smith a late replacement.
Kirk fired off-target after 14 minutes before a good cross from his strike partner Liam Buchanan evaded everyone.
Killie then took the lead after Dunfermline failed to clear Lewis Toshney's cross from the right and the ball fell for midfielder Fowler to net a deflected shot down the centre of the goal.
Dean Shiels had an effort saved before almost setting up a chance for Paul Heffernan, only for Alex Keddie to get in front of the Killie striker and Smith to collect.
Smith saved a Shiels shot on the turn before Dunfermline equalised one minute before the interval.
David Graham burst through the centre of the field and prodded the ball forward to Kirk, who beat the offside trap.
With Cammy Bell advancing from his line, Kirk shot early into the bottom corner.
Buchanan shot across goal but wide early in the second half before Dunfermline were almost undone by their own defending.
A Kirk pass-back fell for Heffernan, who prodded goalwards, but Smith managed to spread himself and save well.
Having shown his strong side, Smith, who has made a number of gaffes this season, then made manager Jim McIntyre anxious.
The goalkeeper ballooned a clearance kick high in the air and was fortunate Paddy Boyle was present to clear.
Smith then saved low to his right from Garry Hay and substitute Dieter van Tornhout's header from Heffernan's cross bounced off Kevin Rutkiewicz and out for a corner as the visitors continued to look the more likely to take the lead.
Toshney was bundled over on the edge of the area, but nothing was given and Van Tornhout's heavy touch saw Kirk go clear at the other end, only to flash a shot wide.
Hutton was booked for bringing down Shiels after being beaten by the Killie playmaker, presenting the visitors with a free-kick from a promising position.
Hay hit the resulting set-piece on target and Smith managed to palm the ball around the post before being relieved to see it go out after flapping at the resulting corner.
Manuel Pascali's header from a further corner was cleared off the line by Kerr before Killie scrambled clear a set-piece at the other end, with Pars substitute Martin Hardie's shot hitting a defender as the match finished drawn.
© 2004 - 2015 football.co.uk