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Honours Shared At Rugby Park

It was a point a piece for Dundee and Kilmarnock on Saturday as both teams had to settle for a draw with the match ending 1-1.

Faissal El Bakhtaoui gave the Dee a lead after only a few minutes when he latched on to the loose ball six-yards out after the Killie keeper saved a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith but Gordon Greer would level through the second half.

That’s how it would end but both teams did have chances to win this game.

El Bakhtaoui saw a long range shot pushed against the crossbar from the goalkeeper and right at the death, Kris Boyd missed a golden opportunity to send the ball wide when he should have sent it right bang into the back of the net.

This draw keeps Dundee sitting in ninth place and leaves Kilmarnock still looking for their first win of the season after seven games. Despite having not picked up a win yet, they are only a mere two points away from ourselves and one off Ross County who sit one spot below us.

I’m pleased with the point though.

Normally in these circumstances when we come up against struggling teams, we seem to gift them the boost they desperately crave, which in Killies plight would have been three points. Add into the equation the artificial pitch that covers Ruby Park, I feel we will be happy with the point on board.

During the week we had our League Cup Quarter Final tie with Celtic at Dens with the visitors winning 4-0.

It was such a disappointment but in reality, expected that we would lose this. I’m not going to go too much into any analysis to this defeat.

Next up for us is a home tie against Hearts at Dens Park.

Due to the redevelopment of their main stand still taking place, this will be Hearts EIGHTH away tie in a row. They did play a ‘home’ match against Aberdeen at Murrayfield but it wasn’t Tynecastle so I’m not counting that.

My hope here is that they will be sick and tired of playing all these games away from their home fans and this will affect their performance. With only two wins in seven, my hopes may already be true.

I won’t kid myself too much. This will be a tough game. We are still making individual mistakes and somewhat slack with our passing at times, they have players who can cause most teams in this league problems.

The Ian Cathro experiment never worked out well for the Edinburgh club and he was sacked on the eve of the first league game of the season and replaced by Craig Levein who will surely have them more organised than his predecessor.

I don’t think there is a favourite here. This one can go either way. I predict a score draw though. We have the ability to find the back of the net but we also possess the ability to concede.


The early kick off on Saturday saw Rangers take on Celtic at Ibrox Park. Like a broken record, Celtic unsurprisingly won this affair 2-0.

This week’s opponents Hearts needed a late goal to secure a point at Firhill against Partick Thistle who just like Kilmanrock, are still waiting their first win of the season.

Hamilton took the early lead up at St Johnstone but the Perth side bounced back from the previous weeks defeat at Dens with a 2-1 victory, the winner being scored just six minutes from time. This result also kept them second in the table.

Neil Lennon’s Hibernian were the visitors to the Highlands to take on struggling Ross County. An early goal was enough for his team to take all three points and effectively cost Jim McIntyre his job.

Last but not least, the Sunday game involving Motherwell and Aberdeen. This fixture had only been played days before in the League Cup with Motherwell booking their place in the semi-final but on this occasion, it was Aberdeen who took the game with a 1-0 scoreline.




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