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Effort on goal by Mohamadou Sissoko from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Liam Kelly takes a shot from 35 yards and missed to the right of the target.
Garry Kenneth finds the net from 35 yards. Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee Utd.
Foul by Jamie Hamill on Barry Douglas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
Mehdi Taouil comes on in place of Marinho Rui Miguel. The referee gives a free kick against Danny Cadamarteri for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
A cross is delivered by Danny Cadamarteri, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance.
Garry Hay delivers the ball, clearance by Garry Kenneth.
The ball is swung over by Barry Douglas, save made by Cameron Bell.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas.
Corner taken by Barry Douglas played to the near post, David Goodwillie has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Barry Douglas produces a cross, blocked by Tim Clancy.
A cross is delivered by David Goodwillie, save by Cameron Bell.
Conor Sammon produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
The referee blows for offside against Danny Cadamarteri. Tim Clancy restarts play with the free kick.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Stuart Armstrong coming on for Morgaro Gomis.
Jamie Hamill takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Cadamarteri on Manuel Pascali. Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.
Tim Clancy produces a cross.
Shot by Liam Kelly from 25 yards. Blocked by Sean Dillon.
Garry Hay takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Jamie Hamill has an effort at goal from the edge of the box hitting the post.
Centre by David Goodwillie.
Frazer Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on David Goodwillie. Free kick taken by Morgaro Gomis.
Johnny Russell goes off and Garry Kenneth comes on.
Barry Douglas concedes a free kick for a foul on Marinho Rui Miguel. Jamie Hamill takes the direct free kick.
Jon Daly dismissed for second bookable offence. Unfair challenge on Conor Sammon by Jon Daly results in a free kick. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.
Danny Cadamarteri comes on in place of Craig Conway.
Drilled right-footed shot by Manuel Pascali. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Shot by Liam Kelly went over the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Hamill, Effort on goal by Liam Kelly from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Jamie Hamill takes a shot. Blocked by Jon Daly.
Red card for Scott Robertson. Scott Robertson concedes a free kick for a foul on Marinho Rui Miguel. Mohamadou Sissoko takes the free kick.
Craig Conway challenges Tim Clancy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Scott Robertson is cautioned. Alexei Eremenko receives a red card for violent conduct. Jon Daly is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Scott Robertson concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexei Eremenko. Frazer Wright restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Hamill on Craig Conway. Direct free kick taken by Craig Conway.
Effort on goal by Tim Clancy from just inside the area clears the bar.
The ball is delivered by Barry Douglas, Garry Hay makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Barry Douglas from the right by-line to the near post, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
Garry Hay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Russell. Craig Conway takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Barry Douglas on Conor Sammon, free kick awarded. Alexei Eremenko delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas, clearance made by Frazer Wright.
The referee blows for offside. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.
Liam Kelly concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Russell. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Robertson by Jamie Hamill. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Conway from left wing, clearance made by Tim Clancy.
Shot on goal by Scott Robertson from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
A cross is delivered by Keith Watson, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
Conor Sammon fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 Dundee Utd.Assist by Alexei Eremenko.
Unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Alexei Eremenko results in a free kick. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Morgaro Gomis goes over the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line to the near post, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Craig Conway, Tim Clancy gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Tim Clancy, save by Dusan Pernis.
Morgaro Gomis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Clancy. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.
Conor Sammon takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Hamill by Prince Buaben results in a free kick. Alexei Eremenko restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Liam Kelly from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Tim Clancy produces a cross, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
David Goodwillie produces a left-footed shot from inside the box and strikes the post.
The offside flag is raised against Barry Douglas. Mohamadou Sissoko restarts play with the free kick.
Barry Douglas produces a cross, Tim Clancy gets a block in.
David Goodwillie has an effort at goal. Save by Cameron Bell.
Marinho Rui Miguel challenges Craig Conway unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.
Manuel Pascali receives a caution. Craig Conway fouled by Manuel Pascali, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Prince Buaben by Manuel Pascali. Barry Douglas takes the free kick.
Long range shot by Prince Buaben goes wide right of the net.
Morgaro Gomis fouled by Manuel Pascali, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Douglas restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Jamie Hamill misses to the right of the goal.
Alexei Eremenko takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Scott Robertson manages to make a clearance.
Marinho Rui Miguel takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Alexei Eremenko has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Effort from the edge of the box by Prince Buaben goes wide of the left-hand post.
Marinho Rui Miguel takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Dillon.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Robertson by Jamie Hamill. Direct free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Garry Hay crosses the ball.
The referee blows for offside against Garry Hay. Free kick taken by Keith Watson.
Garry Hay crosses the ball, blocked by Keith Watson.
The ball is delivered by Liam Kelly.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Douglas on Conor Sammon. Alexei Eremenko takes the free kick.
Liam Kelly fouled by Prince Buaben, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
Johnny Russell fouled by Garry Hay, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Dillon takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Jamie Hamill, Header from close in by Liam Kelly misses to the left of the target.
Jamie Hamill fouled by Craig Conway, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
Craig Conway sends in a cross, Mohamadou Sissoko makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Sean Dillon, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.
Foul by Tim Clancy on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Conway, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Johnny Russell. Cameron Bell takes the indirect free kick.
Craig Conway sends in a cross.
Corner taken by Alexei Eremenko, Barry Douglas manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Conor Sammon, Jon Daly gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Robertson by Manuel Pascali. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
Alexei Eremenko takes the inswinging corner, Frazer Wright produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Alexei Eremenko takes a shot. Sean Dillon gets a block in.
The referee penalises Scott Robertson for handball. Free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
Keith Watson sends in a cross, Garry Hay gets a block in.
The referee gets the game underway.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Houston expects Killie thriller
Dundee United manager Peter Houston anticipates an entertaining clash with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday, believing Mixu Paatelainen's side have been the surprise package of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League so far this season.
Paatelainen has been widely praised for leading Killie to fourth place in the SPL, with the recruitment of loan duo Alexei Eremenko and Ben Gordon considered shrewd business.
Paatelainen also appears to have found a system in which Conor Sammon can flourish, the Irishman having scored 16 times this season.
"All credit has to go to Mixu," said Houston.
"He's done a fantastic job. He changed the system a bit and also got some decent players in.
"It wasn't Killie's greatest season last year, but they only brought in a couple of players which we didn't know anything about.
"He got Gordon on loan, who was good, Eremenko, everybody talks about.
"I think that's rejuvenated one or two players, like (Mehdi) Taouil. It's given them a lift.
"Credit to Mixu. He's got them playing well and the results prove that."
Houston expects a thrilling contest at Rugby Park between two attacking teams, who drew 1-1 in Dundee earlier this season.
The United boss added: "One of the best games of the season we've had at Tannadice was when Kilmarnock came - a very fast, open, entertaining game and both teams played very well.
"I think Saturday will be wide open and entertaining again.
"It will suit us with the game being open because our players like to go and express themselves and hopefully they can."
After a run of seven wins and two draws in 10 SPL games, Killie are without a win in their last three games.
Defeat to Hearts on Tuesday was their first SPL loss since November 20.
On the same evening United required a penalty shootout to win their Scottish Cup fourth-round replay with Ross County, the team they defeated in the Hampden final last year.
Goalkeeping coach Steve Banks was the hero, deputising for Dusan Pernis and pulling off two shootout saves to decide the tie.
Pernis is again doubtful for Saturday with a thigh problem, but Houston has no concerns over asking Banks to start once again.
He added: "Steve's in if Dusan doesn't make it. I'll have confidence in him naturally after the performance the other night.
"I've known for quite a long time that Stevie Banks is a good goalkeeper, but he primarily is looking to get into the coaching side."
Houston has doubts over Pernis, Garry Kenneth (dead leg) and Johnny Russell (shoulder), but hopes at least some of the trio will be fit to play.
Left-back Paul Dixon, though, is definitely out after picking up an ankle injury in Dingwall.
With Houston not anticipating any transfer activity at Tannadice this month, he is looking forward to the returns of Danny Swanson (back) and Mihael Kovacevic (knee) from injury.
The duo are poised to step up their recovery in the coming weeks.
Kilmarnock midfielder Jamie Hamill returns from a two-match ban.
Craig Bryson, James Dayton (both knee) and Alan Combe (groin) remain on the sidelines.
Top scorer Sammon, who rejected a move to Scunthorpe earlier in the week, could come back in after starting on the bench in the 2-1 defeat by Hearts on Tuesday night.
Paatelainen is relaxed about the recent dip in form which has seen Kilmarnock fail to win any of their last three games.
The Rugby Park club have been the surprise package of the season so far. However, after losing a Scottish Cup tie against Rangers at Ibrox, Paatelainen`s men have drawn with St Johnstone and lost to the Jambos in their last two home SPL games.
The Killie boss, though, remains upbeat and is looking to get back on track against Dundee United.
"I know exactly what's gone wrong and why we haven't won matches and hopefully we can correct that and bounce back," he told Press Association Sport.
"We analyse things every day but these things happen and it's not always the same problem.
"So while we are disappointed about what has happened, it's not something that we are too concerned or worried about."
"It won't be easy against Dundee United," added Paatelainen.
"We are playing against quality opponents who have gelled together over some time.
"They might have some injuries at the back but they have a very strong midfield, offensively and defensively, and they have good strikers.
"One lapse in concentration can lead to a goal and the whole balance of the game can change.
"But I'm sure if we put the effort in that we have this season, we will be fine."
Kenneth late show saves nine-man United
Garry Kenneth scored a 90th-minute equaliser to salvage a point from a 1-1 draw for nine-man Dundee United at Kilmarnock.
The hosts had gone in front four minutes from the break when Conor Sammon drilled into the bottom left corner.
Kilmarnock had Alexei Eremenko sent off nine minutes into the second half, and he was followed down the tunnel within 11 minutes by visiting players Scott Robertson and Jon Daly, who both received two yellow cards in quick succession.
Sammon regained his starting place in the Kilmarnock line-up after turning down a move to Scunthorpe United.
Manager of the month Mixu Paatelainen made two changes to the home team.
Rugby Park's top scorer, who came off the bench in his side's 2-1 midweek defeat by Hearts, was included along with Jamie Hamill, who returned from suspension, while James Fowler and Mehdi Taouil dropped to the bench.
United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis recovered from a thigh injury to take his place in goal after missing Wednesday's penalty shoot-out victory at Ross County in the Scottish Cup.
It was one of four changes made by visiting manager Peter Houston - Craig Conway, Scott Robertson and Barry Douglas, all of whom came off the bench in the cup tie, started in place of the injured Paul Dixon and benched Garry Kenneth and David Robertson.
The lively Alexei Eremenko tested the United defence on just two minutes when he ran from the halfway line to the edge of the area and won a corner with his shot, the set piece being headed over by Frazer Wright.
Liam Kelly headed a cross narrowly wide of the left-hand post; while Sammon was then unable to direct on target a diving header from Garry Hay's promising cross.
Pernis was called upon to produce an impressive save on 25 minutes - Rui Miguel cut inside through the United defence, from right to left, and his eventual shot saw the goalkeeper stretch to tip it over the bar for a corner.
Goodwillie was about to celebrate as his low diagonal effort from the right looked certain to sneak in at the opposite post but, just as the ball appeared set to trundle across the line, it touched the upright and rolled on the goalline, allowing Hamill to pop up at the last possible opportunity and dramatically sweep it to safety.
Liam Kelly and then Sammon had further efforts before Kilmarnock took full advantage of their earlier reprieve by taking the lead five minutes before the break.
Sammon was in possession and bearing down on the left-hand side of the box, but elected to square across goal instead of shooting; the ball was then sent back across the box by Eremenko and Sammon lashed a close-range effort into the bottom left corner.
Kilmarnock were reduced to 10 men just 10 minutes after the restart when Eremenko was shown a straight red card for his reaction to a midfield foul by Scott Robertson, the Dundee United player also being booked the incident.
It was 10-man Kilmarnock who regrouped and had the next opportunity - Mohamadou Sissoko made an excellent run up the right and found Sammon in the centre; the lone striker held up the ball for the arrival of Miguel on the left, but he blazed his shot over.
As tempers remained high, United managed to see their numerical advantage become a one-man deficit within 11 minutes of Eremenko's dismissal.
Just before the hour, Robertson received a swift second yellow card for a crunching challenge on Miguel close to his own penalty box; and six minutes later, he was followed to the away dressing room by captain Jon Daly, earning his second booking for the presence of an elbow as he challenged Sammon just 10 minutes after his first yellow card for dissent in the aftermath of the Eremenko incident.
Hamill hit the woodwork when he had a chance to double the hosts' lead from a good move as the game entered its final quarter.
Rui Miguel found Sammon on the right corner of the box and crossed for his team mate, only for Hamill's effort to rebound from the bottom of the left-hand upright.
Manuel Pascali then tried an ambitious lob forward to Sammon, with which he connected but was unable to direct his effort on target.
United's nine men worked hard in the latter stages, Goodwillie's heading over from a Barry Douglas corner seven minutes from time, and home goalkeeper Bell also holding a second set piece delivered by the same player after a penalty-box scramble.
The visitors were rewarded with an equaliser less than 30 seconds from full-time, substitute Kenneth netting with a speculative shot from distance.
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