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Kilmarnock   2 - 3   Rangers

Highlights - Kilmarnock 2-3 Rangers

Highlights - Kilmarnock 2-3 Rangers

By Colin Moffat

Kenny Miller scored a hat-trick as Rangers saw off a spirited challenge from 10-man Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Conor Sammon fired the home side in front from close range on 21 minutes but Miller replied from the penalty spot five minutes before the interval.

Mohamadou Sissoko was ordered off for conceding his second penalty, with Miller again converting on 55 minutes.

Sammon slid in at the back post to level, only for Miller to seal the points with a finish from six yards.

This was the sixth time leaders Rangers have come from behind to win in the Scottish Premier League this term.

However, Kilmarnock were their own worst enemies, giving away two foolish penalties after dominating the first half.

The home side were full of confidence, having taken 10 points from their previous four outings, and playmaker Alexei Eremenko continuing his excellent recent form.

It was a long, diagonal pass from the Finn that set up the game's first chance, with Sammon controlling it on his chest and powering towards goal, only for McGregor to get down smartly and make a great save at the striker's feet.

Sammon then skewed a shot wide from near the penalty spot after enterprising run from left-back Ben Gordon.

Rangers threatened on 15 minutes, when a high ball was headed into Miller's path by Kilmarnock defender Jamie Hamill but the Scotland striker sent a first-time cushioned lob onto the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

Eremenko tried his luck with an awkward dipping strike from 20 yards and McGregor did well to scramble the ball away from his near post.

The home side deservedly took the lead when Eremenko picked out the unmarked Liam Kelly at the back post and his shot was parried across goal by McGregor straight to Sammon to knock in his 12th goal of the season from close range.

With the Rangers defence backing off, Mehdi Taouil saw his scuffed shot smothered by McGregor after a weaving run from midfield.

Five minutes before the interval, Rangers were gifted an equaliser when a series of bad decisions from home players led to a penalty kick.

Conor Sammon scored twice for Kilmarnock but ended up on the losing side
Sammon scored twice for Kilmarnock but ended up on the losing side

Goalkeeper Cammy Bell played a short pass to Hamill when he had ample time to hammer the ball clear; the panicked full-back tried to return it and only succeeded in playing in Miller, who was then crudely felled by Sissoko.

Miller dusted himself down to send a cool spot-kick down the middle, with Bell diving off to his right.

With the second half less than two minutes old, McGregor made another fantastic save to keep the score level.

Craig Bryson played a dangerous pass across goal from the left and the sliding Sammon must have thought he had scored when he got a toe to it inside the six yard box but the Rangers keeper spread himself to keep the ball out of his net.

A second penalty from Miller fired Rangers in front and again the home side had only themselves to blame.

A shocking attempted clearance from Bell bobbled out for a throw-in and from the set-play Kyle Lafferty rolled past Sissoko and the defender grabbed a handful of the Northern Irishman's jersey to earn himself an early bath for his second yellow card.

Miller then squandered a marvellous chance when he shot wide from 10 yards with just Bell to beat.

Kilmarnock were quick to draw level and again it was Sammon who found the net, when he lunged in at the back post to convert a skidding delivery from Hamill.

A topsy-turvy game swung back in favour of the visitors on 63 minutes as Steven Whittaker skipped away from Eremenko to find the unattended Miller lurking on the edge of the six yard box.

The striker controlled the cross expertly and slammed a shot beyond Bell to claim his second league hat-trick of the season.

Despite being down to 10 men, Kilmarnock continued to pose an attacking threat and McGregor's fingertips kept out a strike from Taouil, while a rising effort from Kelly sailed over the crossbar.

And, with six minutes remaining, Hamill curled a free-kick inches wide of the top corner as McGregor stood rooted to the spot.

Miller scurried away from the home defence late in the game but was denied a fourth goal when Bell managed to beat away the striker's angled shot.

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Saturday, 20 November 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Kilmarnock 2-3 Rangers FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Sammon 21
  • Sammon 59
  • Miller (pen) 42
  • Miller (pen) 55
  • Miller 64

Kilmarnock

  • 13 Bell
  • 05 Wright yellow card
  • 06 Sissoko two yellow cards, red card
  • 16 Gordon
  • 07 Bryson
  • 08 Hamill
  • 10 Taouil (Forrester 76)
  • 22 Kelly (Rui Miguel 86)
  • 29 Pascali yellow card
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Eremenko

Substitutes

  • 21 Letheren,
  • 02 Clancy,
  • 03 Hay,
  • 04 Fowler,
  • 14 Silva,
  • 09 Rui Miguel,
  • 19 Forrester

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 04 Broadfoot
  • 12 Foster
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 06 McCulloch
  • 08 Davis
  • 09 Miller
  • 10 Fleck (Weiss 69)
  • 11 Lafferty
  • 14 Naismith yellow card

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 36 Perry,
  • 39 Wylde,
  • 20 Weiss,
  • 28 Kerkar,
  • 34 Loy,
  • 41 Hutton
Ref: NorrisAtt: 10,177
KILMARNOCK
RANGERS

Possession

  • Kilmarnock 47%
  • Rangers 53%

Attempts on target

  • Kilmarnock 6
  • Rangers 3

Attempts off target

  • Kilmarnock 7
  • Rangers 8

Corners

  • Kilmarnock 7
  • Rangers 3

Fouls

  • Kilmarnock 15
  • Rangers 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:37 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+2:55 Foul by Conor Sammon on David Weir, free kick awarded. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+1:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frazer Wright on Steven Davis. Steven Naismith takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:29 Booking Frazer Wright receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+1:06 Allan McGregor fouled by Manuel Pascali, the ref awards a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:06 Booking Manuel Pascali receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+0:05 Outswinging corner taken by Harry Forrester from the right by-line, comfortable save by Allan McGregor.
  • 88:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marinho Rui Miguel by Lee McCulloch. Marinho Rui Miguel takes the free kick.
  • 88:02 Foul by Conor Sammon on Vladimir Weiss, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kyle Lafferty.
  • 86:13 Kenny Miller takes a shot. Brilliant save by Cameron Bell.
  • 85:24 Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Frazer Wright, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
  • 85:08 Substitution Marinho Rui Miguel replaces Liam Kelly.
  • 83:32 Conor Sammon fouled by David Weir, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick, Shot from just outside the box by Steven Davis misses to the right of the goal.
  • 81:18 Foul by Craig Bryson on Lee McCulloch, free kick awarded. David Weir restarts play with the free kick.
  • 79:58 Alexei Eremenko takes the outswinging corner, Liam Kelly produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
  • 79:35 Corner taken right-footed by Harry Forrester, clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 75:23 Substitution Harry Forrester is brought on as a substitute for Mehdi Taouil.
  • 74:01 Mehdi Taouil has an effort at goal. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 69:29 Effort from just outside the area by Liam Kelly goes over the bar.
  • 68:52 Substitution (Rangers) makes a substitution, with Vladimir Weiss coming on for John Fleck.
  • 66:41 Effort from the edge of the area by Liam Kelly goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 66:10 Corner taken right-footed by Mehdi Taouil, save by Allan McGregor.
  • Correction - 65:36 Short corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the right by-line.
  • 65:36 Short corner worked by Alexei Eremenko,
  • 65:25 Mehdi Taouil takes a shot. Fantastic save by Allan McGregor.
  • 63:02 The assist for the goal came from Steven Whittaker.
  • 63:02 GOAL - Kenny MillerKilmarnock 2 - 3 Rangers Kenny Miller fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 2-3 Rangers.
  • 60:43 The official flags Kenny Miller offside. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
  • 59:32 Corner taken by Steven Davis, Lee McCulloch produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 58:28 Jamie Hamill provided the assist for the goal.
  • 58:28 GOAL - Conor SammonKilmarnock 2 - 2 Rangers Conor Sammon finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 2-2 Rangers.
  • 57:38 Kenny Miller has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
  • 56:21 Foul by Lee McCulloch on Mehdi Taouil, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
  • 54:25 Kyle Lafferty fouled by Mohamadou Sissoko, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 54:25 GOAL - Kenny MillerKilmarnock 1 - 2 Rangers Penalty scored by Kenny Miller. Kilmarnock 1-2 Rangers.
  • 53:45 Sent off Mohamadou Sissoko receives a red card.
  • 52:35 Shot by Kyle Lafferty from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 52:00 Jamie Hamill produces a cross, Craig Bryson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Allan McGregor. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 51:09 Foul by Steven Naismith on Mehdi Taouil, free kick awarded. Craig Bryson takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:09 Booking Steven Naismith receives a yellow card.
  • 47:38 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Frazer Wright misses to the right of the target.
  • 46:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Fleck on Jamie Hamill. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
  • 46:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali by Kenny Miller. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:26 The referee blows for offside against Steven Naismith. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:39 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 44:11 Effort from inside the area by Lee McCulloch misses to the right of the goal.
  • 43:07 Liam Kelly challenges John Fleck unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis from left channel.
  • 42:40 Shot from just outside the box by Alexei Eremenko misses to the right of the target.
  • 41:40 Mohamadou Sissoko challenges Kenny Miller unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
  • 41:40 GOAL - Kenny MillerKilmarnock 1 - 1 Rangers Kenny Miller scores a penalty. Kilmarnock 1-1 Rangers.
  • 40:53 Booking Mohamadou Sissoko goes into the referee's book.
  • 39:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamadou Sissoko on Kyle Lafferty. The ball is delivered by John Fleck, Kenny Miller produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 39:18 Header from deep inside the penalty area by Kenny Miller goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 37:53 Mehdi Taouil crosses the ball.
  • 35:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Lafferty on Mehdi Taouil. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:03 Alexei Eremenko sends in a cross.
  • 34:20 Steven Naismith challenges Alexei Eremenko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Hamill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 31:43 Jamie Hamill challenges Lee McCulloch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 31:16 Steven Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexei Eremenko. Free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
  • 28:37 Mehdi Taouil has a drilled shot. Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.
  • 24:36 Liam Kelly concedes a free kick for a foul on David Weir. Kirk Broadfoot takes the direct free kick.
  • 24:07 Foul by Lee McCulloch on Mehdi Taouil, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
  • 23:46 Unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Frazer Wright results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 22:12 The ball is delivered by Kyle Lafferty.
  • 20:27 Assist on the goal came from Liam Kelly.
  • 20:27 GOAL - Conor SammonKilmarnock 1 - 0 Rangers Conor Sammon finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 Rangers.
  • 19:45 Unfair challenge on Jamie Hamill by John Fleck results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
  • 18:38 The ball is crossed by Steven Davis.
  • 18:01 John Fleck takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
  • 17:05 Inswinging corner taken by Alexei Eremenko.
  • 16:51 Shot by Alexei Eremenko. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 14:56 Effort on goal by Kenny Miller from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
  • 9:59 Foul by Ben Gordon on John Fleck, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Weir.
  • 9:14 Steven Davis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 8:05 Kenny Miller has an effort at goal. Save made by Cameron Bell.
  • 6:12 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
  • 5:51 The offside flag is raised against Conor Sammon. Richard Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:44 Ben Gordon has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
  • 1:57 Inswinging corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the left by-line, Kyle Lafferty makes a clearance.
  • 1:35 Conor Sammon takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 0:48 Manuel Pascali concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Lafferty. Steven Davis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 14 19 37
2 Celtic 14 23 34
3 Hearts 14 9 26
4 Inverness CT 14 8 24
5 Motherwell 14 6 23
6 Dundee Utd 14 -5 19
7 Kilmarnock 14 4 17
8 Hibernian 14 -8 14
9 St Johnstone 14 -12 14
10 St Mirren 14 -12 12
11 Aberdeen 14 -14 10
12 Hamilton 14 -18 9

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