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Unfair challenge on Mohamadou Sissoko by Steve Jennings results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko.
John Sutton challenges Kieran Agard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, Tim Clancy manages to make a clearance.
Manuel Pascali is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Manuel Pascali challenges Steve Jennings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Hateley produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.
Gavin Gunning takes a shot. Anssi Jaakkola makes a comfortable save.
David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph. Jamie Hamill takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save. Short corner taken by Alexei Eremenko.
Shot by Craig Bryson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Craig Bryson takes a shot from a just insdie the penalty area and hits the post.
The offside flag is raised against Mohamadou Sissoko. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Alexei Eremenko takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by John Sutton.
Short corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the left by-line.
Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Agard. Free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
Esteban Casagolda replaces Ross Forbes.
Tim Clancy takes a weak shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
William Gros goes off and Kieran Agard comes on.
Effort on goal by Ross Forbes from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Jamie Hamill produces a cross, Craig Bryson takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Ross Forbes goes wide left of the goal.
Jamie Hamill takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ross Forbes from the right by-line, Gavin Gunning takes a shot. Craig Bryson gets a block in.
Steve Jones crosses the ball, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jamie Murphy goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Alexei Eremenko crosses the ball, save by Darren Randolph.
Alexei Eremenko decides to take a short corner.
Drilled right-footed shot by Steve Jennings. Save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Liam Kelly fouled by Steve Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Silva. The ball is crossed by Alexei Eremenko, save by Darren Randolph.
Shot on goal by Alexei Eremenko from just inside the area goes over the target.
Ross Forbes takes the inswinging corner, Tim Clancy makes a clearance.
Jonathan Page leaves the field to be replaced by Steve Jones.
Liam Kelly gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Kilmarnock 3-1 Motherwell.Corner from the left by-line taken by Alexei Eremenko, Alexei Eremenko provided the assist for the goal.
David Silva takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Alexei Eremenko produces a curled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Darren Randolph makes a comfortable save.
Jamie Hamill challenges Steve Jennings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley, Liam Kelly makes a clearance.
Shaun Hutchinson booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on William Gros by Shaun Hutchinson. Shot comes in from Alexei Eremenko from the free kick.
Liam Kelly produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
The referee cautions Gavin Gunning for unsporting behaviour.
Penalty scored by Jamie Hamill. Kilmarnock 2-1 Motherwell.Gavin Gunning concedes a Penalty for a foul on Manuel Pascali. Manuel Pascali provided the assist for the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from the left by-line, Darren Randolph makes a save.
David Silva takes a shot. Steve Jennings gets a block in.
Corner taken left-footed by Ross Forbes, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Free kick awarded for a foul by William Gros on Ross Forbes. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Mohamadou Sissoko concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Murphy. Free kick crossed by Ross Forbes, Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.
Alexei Eremenko takes a short corner.
Effort on goal by Liam Kelly from long range goes over the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Gavin Gunning, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Ross Forbes is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Alexei Eremenko fouled by Ross Forbes, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.
Chris Humphrey crosses the ball.
Corner taken left-footed by Ross Forbes, clearance made by Liam Kelly.
Manuel Pascali grabs a headed goal from close in. Kilmarnock 1-1 Motherwell.Assist by Alexei Eremenko.
Corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the right by-line.
Tim Clancy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey. Direct free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
Foul by Ross Forbes on Alexei Eremenko, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by James Fowler.
The ball is swung over by Steve Jennings, Header from inside the area by John Sutton strikes the post.
Booking for Steve Jennings for unsporting behaviour. Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Fowler. Jamie Hamill restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Shaun Hutchinson on Craig Bryson, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Alexei Eremenko, save by Darren Randolph.
Liam Kelly fouled by John Sutton, the ref awards a free kick. Alexei Eremenko takes the direct free kick.
John Sutton scores a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-1 Motherwell.Assist by Chris Humphrey.
Shot from just outside the area by Gavin Gunning misses to the left of the target.
Long range shot by Alexei Eremenko goes over the target.
Unfair challenge on Tim Clancy by Chris Humphrey results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
Ross Forbes on for Steven Saunders.
Steven Saunders has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bryson. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Hamill on Gavin Gunning. Tom Hateley crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Mixu predicted tight finish
Mixu Paatelainen was not surprised his Kilmarnock side were overtaken in fourth place in the Clydesdale bank Premier League by Dundee United - and is bracing himself for a challenge for fifth place by this week`s opponents Motherwell.
United's 2-0 win over Hearts in midweek saw them leapfrog the Ayrshire outfit, who now have to fend off Stuart McCall's side, who lie five points behind, with Inverness only a point further behind again.
However, Paatelainen insists a top-half finish would still represent "an unbelievable achievement" for Killie
"We are fighting for a top-six spot," Paatelainen told Press Association Sport
"But it is nowhere near done and dusted.
"People say that it is obvious that Kilmarnock will be there but its not.
"We do respect teams below us immensely and we know that they can put a few victories together and if we don't put the foot on the pedal, to make sure we win enough, we won't be there."
"United were always going to be there," he continued.
"They have a fantastic squad, they were third last season and won the cup so they are a quality team.
"I always expected them to possibly overtake us.
"Motherwell could do the same.
"They also have a quality squad and have fantastic attacking options but we are fighting our corner, as always.
"If we can qualify for the top six; if we are sixth, fifth or fourth or whatever, it would be an unbelievable achievement.
"We have achieved our goal of survival so why not go for the top six and be positive?
"But Motherwell have just beaten Celtic and got a draw against Dundee United in the cup and there is every chance they will go through in that tie so we will have to be on our toes."
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall will again set his team up with attacking intent as they bid to haul back Kilmarnock.
Well have shown their ability to break teams down this month with John Sutton netting doubles in the win over Celtic and Scottish Cup draw against Dundee United.
They lost 3-0 at Inverness in between but McCall is convinced his team can produce one of their better performances in Ayrshire.
"We have proved this season we`ve got players with good talent and quality going forward, who can create chances," the former Scotland midfielder said.
"We were pleased with the performance we put in up at Tannadice but likewise we were disappointed with the previous one at Inverness.
"We`re looking for consistency, which everyone is, but since I`ve been here we have had five or six really good performances.
"There are no excuses for the boys, we have done it regularly and earlier in the season before I was here.
"We have been focusing on putting in a performance that`s worthy of getting something, that`s what we did at Tannadice."
Killie have won plaudits for their passing and attacking football this season but Motherwell won at Rugby Park in August and outplayed them for much of their Fir Park encounter in February, although the lost 1-0.
McCall said: "They have been a breath of fresh air this season and have good players but in the game against them here, there was no way we deserved to lose.
"We had a few chances and never took them and they broke away and scored when Steve Hammell was struggling with his hamstring.
"I watched the game again this week and was pleased with a lot of things.
"We don`t want to have any hard-luck stories but we do want to put on a show."
Spot-kick helps Killie to victory
Kilmarnock took a huge step towards securing a top-six place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League as they came from behind to beat Motherwell 3-1 with the help of a controversial penalty.
John Sutton slotted Motherwell into an early lead but Manuel Pascali headed an equaliser before winning a soft penalty when he fell under an aerial challenge from Gavin Gunning.
Jamie Hamill converted the 43rd-minute spot-kick and Killie dominated the second half after Liam Kelly headed home at the near post six minutes after the break.
The victory moved Kilmarnock eight points above Motherwell with just three games left until the SPL split.
Motherwell, who were missing Stevie Hammell and the suspended Keith Lasley, were not helped by two injuries inside the first 10 minutes.
Francis Jeffers suffered an injury in the warm-up with Jamie Murphy restored to the starting line-up and Steven Saunders was stretchered off after twisting his ankle, with Ross Forbes coming on.
Both sides were guilty of some sloppy passing in the early stages but Motherwell made the better start and Sutton netted his fifth goal in four games in the 15th minute.
Tom Hateley's pass sent Chris Humphrey clear down the right and Sutton beat Pascali to the low cross to sidefoot the ball into the far corner from six yards.
Sutton came close to a second in the 20th minute when he glanced Steve Jennings' cross against the outside of the post from around the penalty spot.
Kilmarnock, for whom Anssi Jaakkola continued in goal with Cammy Bell again absent from the 18-man squad, levelled three minutes later.
The unmarked Kelly failed to connect with Alexei Eremenko's corner but the ball was only cleared as far as the Finn, who crossed for Pascali to head into the bottom corner from close range.
Kelly shot just over from 35 yards as Kilmarnock enjoyed a good spell and they took the lead in controversial fashion after Mike Tumilty blew his whistle when Pascali fell as he and Gavin Gunning jumped for a cross.
Tumilty was surrounded by Motherwell players but Hamill kept his nerve to slot the ball into the corner.
Gunning was booked for continuing his protests before team-mate Shaun Hutchinson followed into the book for a foul on William Gros, which sparked an angry reaction from the Killie striker and a mass confrontation.
Darren Randolph pushed wide David Mendes da Silva's powerful drive but he was picking the ball out of his goal after the resulting corner six minutes after the break.
The goalkeeper, who won a Republic of Ireland call-up this week, was beaten to Eremenko's near-post delivery by Kelly, who glanced a header inside the post.
Jonathan Page was soon taken off seconds after firing a shot out for a throw-in with Steve Jones coming on in left midfield and Gunning dropping back one.
Eremenko had the chance to kill the game off on the hour mark when Silva's inside pass found him in space 16 yards out but the Finland international could not keep his shot down.
Jennings shot straight at Jaakkola after a one-two with Sutton outside the box and then set up Murphy, who shot over under pressure.
Motherwell came closer when Craig Bryson cleared Gunning's header off the line following a Ross Forbes corner, but they were almost immediately caught out on the break.
Bryson set up Hamill but Randolph saved the right-back's low drive from 16 yards. Hamill soon repaid the favour with a brilliant cross, but Bryson headed straight at the keeper.
Motherwell's attempts to fight back were undermined by their inability to keep possession long enough and the introduction of Esteban Casagolda for substitute Forbes had little impact.
Killie finished well on top and Bryson hit the post from 20 yards before slicing wide from Hamill's cutback.
Randolph then made a double save from Silva and Hamill following good overlapping by Tim Clancy.
Jaakkola pushed over Hateley's late free-kick but Killie otherwise saw out the game comfortably.
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