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Matthew Kennedy delivers the ball, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.
Paul Dixon finds the net with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee Utd.Assist by Gary Mackay-Steven.
The ball is delivered by Paul Dixon, Header on goal by Jon Daly from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot from just outside the box by Dean Shiels misses to the left of the target.
Garry Kenneth is brought on as a substitute for Gavin Gunning. Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Kelly on Gary Mackay-Steven. Robbie Neilson restarts play with the free kick. Gary Harkins goes off and Mohamadou Sissoko comes on.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jon Daly. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
Gary Mackay-Steven takes a shot from 25 yards. Cameron Bell makes a save.
David Silva sends in a cross, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
Gary Harkins delivers the ball, Gavin Gunning makes a clearance. The ball is delivered by Gary Harkins.
James Dayton leaves the field to be replaced by David Silva.
Foul by Paul Dixon on James Dayton, free kick awarded. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.
Gavin Gunning challenges Gary Harkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Shiels restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Gary Mackay-Steven, Rory McKeown gets a block in. Gary Mackay-Steven takes a inswinging corner. Lauri Dalla Valle on for John Rankin.
Corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels.
John Rankin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Hay. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
John Rankin produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide left of the goal.
Paul Dixon produces a cross, Alex Pursehouse gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Garry Hay.
(Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Matthew Kennedy coming on for Paul Heffernan. James Dayton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by James Dayton.
A cross is delivered by Jon Daly, Rory McKeown gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Robbie Neilson, Cameron Bell makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Dean Shiels, blocked by Robbie Neilson.
Johnny Russell fouled by Rory McKeown, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Dixon. Headed effort from inside the area by Gavin Gunning misses to the right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Paul Dixon, Johnny Russell has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Rankin on Liam Kelly. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
The ball is swung over by Robbie Neilson, Zdenek Kroca manages to make a clearance.
Johnny Russell has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
James Dayton finds the net with a goal from long distance to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 Dundee Utd.The assist for the goal came from Dean Shiels.
Paul Dixon concedes a free kick for a foul on James Dayton. Alex Pursehouse takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Paul Dixon, Shot from close range by Jon Daly misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Paul Dixon.
The ball is swung over by Gary Mackay-Steven, Alex Pursehouse gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven, Header on goal by Gavin Gunning from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Liam Kelly challenges Scott Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Rankin takes the free kick. The ball is delivered by Paul Dixon.
Dean Shiels takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Scott Robertson.
The ball is delivered by Rory McKeown, blocked by Robbie Neilson.
The ball is sent over by James Dayton.
Stuart Armstrong takes a shot. Cameron Bell gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven. Left-footed shot by Paul Dixon went wide right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Paul Heffernan.
Liam Kelly concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Dixon. Direct free kick taken by John Rankin.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel Pascali on Johnny Russell. John Rankin takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Johnny Russell. Free kick taken by Alex Pursehouse.
Garry Hay takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Rory McKeown has a volleyed shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Effort from deep inside the area by Jon Daly misses to the left of the target.
A cross is delivered by Rory McKeown, clearance made by John Rankin.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Gary Harkins goes wide left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Rory McKeown.
Jon Daly crosses the ball.
John Rankin delivers the ball, clearance made by Zdenek Kroca.
The ball is delivered by Gary Mackay-Steven, Alex Pursehouse gets a block in.
Foul by Stuart Armstrong on Alex Pursehouse, free kick awarded. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Robbie Neilson, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
Paul Heffernan produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Stuart Armstrong has an effort at goal from just outside the box hitting the post.
Rory McKeown sends in a cross, Robbie Neilson makes a clearance.
Centre by Rory McKeown, Effort from deep inside the area by Zdenek Kroca misses to the left of the goal.
Gary Mackay-Steven concedes a free kick for a foul on James Dayton. Dean Shiels crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Robbie Neilson.
Shot by Johnny Russell. Alex Pursehouse gets a block in. Corner taken by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line, Gary Harkins manages to make a clearance.
Gary Mackay-Steven delivers the ball, Alex Pursehouse gets a block in. Gary Mackay-Steven takes a outswinging corner.
Dean Shiels takes a shot.
The ball is sent over by James Dayton, clearance made by John Rankin.
The ball is delivered by Garry Hay, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Mackay-Steven, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Jon Daly misses to the left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary Mackay-Steven, Scott Robertson takes a shot. Jon Daly takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell. Scott Robertson sends in a cross, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance. Cameron Bell makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Robbie Neilson, Zdenek Kroca makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line to the near post, Alex Pursehouse manages to make a clearance. John Rankin takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Neilson by Gary Harkins. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Robbie Neilson.
Shiels enjoying Killie life
Dean Shiels is revelling in his role in a Kilmarnock team which suits his style of play but he admits he has no idea whether his run will continue after January.
The Doncaster midfielder was signed on loan by his father, Kenny Shiels, in July and has been a key factor in the Ayrshire side continuing their brand of attractive football.
Shiels has scored six goals and helped Kilmarnock maintain a top-six place ahead of the visit of Dundee United.
"I've really enjoyed it," Shiels said.
"The team plays good football and you get the ball to feet. My type of player is always going to revel in playing in this team."
Shiels has linked up well with Gary Harkins and centre-forward Paul Heffernan in an attacking triumvirate.
"They are two good players with a lot of ability," the 26-year-old said.
"When you play with good players it makes your game easier. Heff has done remarkably well since he came up, I think he has scored 10 goals.
"Harkins is actually an attacking midfielder but the gaffer has moved him up front and he has done very well."
Killie will be without midfielders Danny Buijs (hamstring) and David Silva (quadricep) against the Tangerines.
Defender Mahamoudo Sissoko should shake off a knock, but striker Paul Heffernan (groin) is still a doubt.
Shiels and Liam Kelly are fit after minor fitness issues, but James Fowler is suspended.
Dundee United striker Johnny Russell has been told to raise his game from the start following his recent super-sub heroics.
The 21-year-old came off the substitutes' bench to score twice last weekend as United came from two goals down to beat Inverness 3-2 and is expected to be rewarded with a first league start against Kilmarnock.
First-team coach Gary Kirk said: "His workrate was fantastic and he was really lively when he came on.
"That's what he's got to do for 90 minutes, not just for 40 minutes when he gets on the park. If he starts on Saturday he's got to give us that performance again."
Dundee United have an unchanged squad for the clash.
Forward Dale Hilson has a thigh knock, but should be fit, while midfielder Danny Swanson (knee) and utility man Scott Severin (broken leg) remain out.
Dixon earns United a point
A stoppage-time equaliser from Paul Dixon earned Dundee United a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
The hosts looked to have earned all three points after James Dayton's stunning strike early in the second half, however Dixon hit back in injury-time to ensure Peter Houston's men left with a share of the spoils.
United started the match full of confidence after battling back to defeat Inverness last weekend and they created the first chance of the match, John Rankin forcing Cammy Bell into a good low stop.
A minute later United came even closer to opening the scoring when Jon Daly connected with Gary Mackay-Steven's corner but his header was turned on to the bar by Bell.
Buoyed by their impressive start the visitors again carved out an excellent chance after six minutes, but again Bell produced an excellent save to deny Daly.
It took the hosts 12 minutes to create their first chance of the encounter. The Killie fans shouted for a penalty when Dixon appeared to fell Dayton inside the area but the ball broke to Dean Shiels, who unleashed a stinging effort which struck the crossbar.
Minutes later Manuel Pascali passed up a glorious chance when he blazed wide from eight yards after clever build-up play from Rory McKeown.
The game continued to swing from end to end and the woodwork again came to Kilmarnock's rescue when Stuart Armstrong's 20-yard drive beat Bell but came back off the inside of the left-hand post.
The best chance of the first 45 minutes fell to United captain Daly. Johnny Russell evaded two Kilmarnock defenders and threaded the ball through to the onrushing striker, who slid the ball wide of the post with the goal at his mercy.
Bell was playing a pivotal part in keeping his side on level terms and after the home defence failed to deal with Mackay-Steven's corner, the Scotland international made a smart save at the feet of Armstrong.
After a dull opening to the second half the game was brought to life as Kilmarnock grabbed a sensational opener.
United lost possession in the middle of the park, allowing Dayton to drive forward and unleash an incredible 25-yard strike beyond keeper Dusan Pernis and into the top left-hand corner.
Two minutes later Russell passed up a chance for a quickfire leveller when the ball broke to him on the edge of the area but he dragged his shot wide of the target.
Former Blackburn defender Gavin Gunning also failed to hit the target when he connected with Dixon's free-kick on 56 minutes as the visitors struggled to turn their possession into goals.
Unlike the first half, both teams found goalscoring opportunities at a premium.
Goal hero Dayton, after a tireless performance, was replaced by David Silva as the hosts looked to hold on to their lead.
On 80 minutes United forced Bell into his first save of the second half, when Mackay-Steven unleashed a tricky shot from just inside the penalty box.
The Kilmarnock defence were rarely threatened by the visitors' attack but as the clock reached 90 minutes they were dealt a crushing blow.
Armstrong fed Dixon, who cut inside and fizzed an unstoppable effort low beyond Bell.
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