Kilmarnock 0-0 St Mirren: Buddies draw despite Ethan Erhahon red

Ethan Erhahon defends his actions to Captain Marcus Fraser
Ethan Erhahon with his captain Marcus Fraser after his red card

St Mirren battled to a goalless draw with Kilmarnock after Ethan Erhahon’s early red card reduced the Paisley side to 10 men.

The midfielder, linked with a move to England, caught Rory McKenzie in the face with his arm and was sent off after seven minutes.

However, Derek McInnes’ side could not make the visitors pay as his side failed to create any clear-cut chances.

Saints remain fifth and Kilmarnock ninth in the Scottish Premiership.

Kilmarnock have a superb home record, particularly against St Mirren, and McInnes has an excellent individual record against the Buddies – with one loss in 26 top-flight meetings – but despite their man advantage they could not find a winner.

Erhahon’s moment of recklessness was right in front of referee Grant Irvine and despite his protests, the decision stood.

Kilmarnock only tested Trevor Carson on two occasions. The first was a Blair Alston chance – the midfielder rifling at goal after Scott Robinson’s dummy – that required Carson to tip it behind.

The second did not come until the 85th minute, when Christian Doidge rose to meet a Ben Chrisene cross. The striker, still looking for his first Killie goal, powered a header towards the top corner but again Carson pushed the ball over.

St Mirren were perhaps lucky not to go down to nine men when Alex Gogic also caught McKenzie in the face with an elbow, but this time Irvine only produced a yellow.

They could have had all three points, too, when Alex Greive was played into the box completely unmarked but he sliced ‚Äč‚Äčover from only six yards out.

A decent St Mirren rearguard secured a courageous point but the lack of quality in front of goal will not have pleased McInnes.

Player of the Match – Marcus Fraser (St Mirren)

It has to go to one of St Mirren's rear-guard, with Fraser leading his side through potentially treacherous waters.
This has to go to one of St Mirren’s rearguard, and Fraser led his side brilliantly, marshalling the defense superbly and taking care of his own defensive duties

St Mirren hang on against blunt Kilmarnock – analysis

Kilmarnock dominated possession, pushing and pulling St Mirren across the pitch but they did very little to adequately test Trevor Carson.

From a St Mirren perspective, it was a point well won. They sat in, bringing Gogic on as they openly prepared to absorb any Kilmarnock pressure.

And that’s exactly what they did. Charles Dunne, Declan Gallagher and Marcus Fraser headed, tackled and booted everything away that came near the St Mirren box.

Danny Armstrong, and then Jordan Jones, huffed and puffed, swinging the ball into their strikers but the final touch was not within sight.

What’s next?

Kilmarnock face the league champions at Celtic Park on 7 January, while St Mirren host Hearts on the same day (both 3pm GMT).

Player of the match

MainCurtis Main

Kilmarnock

  1. Team number2Player namemayo

  2. Team number9Player nameShaw

  3. Team number31Player namePolworth

  4. Team number16Player nameRobinson

  5. Team number11Player nameArmstrong

  6. Team number20Player nameWalkers

  7. Team number33Player namechrisene

  8. Team number8Player nameAlston

  9. Team number19Player nameWright

  10. Team number10Player nameJones

  11. Team number7Player nameMcKenzie

  12. Team number15Player nameMurray

  13. Team number5Player nameTaylor

  14. Team number26Player nameDoidge

St Mirren

  1. Team number10Player nameMain

  2. Team number18Player nameDunne

  3. Team number22Player nameFraser

  4. Team number17Player nameBacchus

  5. Team number31Player nameGallagher

  6. Team number11Player nameKiltie

  7. Team number21Player nameGreive

  8. Team number3Player nameTanser

  9. Team number23Player namestrain

  10. Team number13Player nameGogic

  11. Team number1Player namecarson

  12. Team number4Player nameShaughnessy

  13. Team number9Player nameBrophy

  14. Team number8Player nameFlynn

  15. Team number16Player nameErhahon

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 20Walkers
  • 19WrightSubstituted forMurrayat 75′minutes
  • 5TaylorBooked at 90mins
  • 2mayo
  • 11Armstrong
  • 31Polworth
  • 8AlstonSubstituted forJonesat 63′minutes
  • 33chrisene
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 88mins
  • 26Doidge
  • 16RobinsonSubstituted forShawat 90′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hemming
  • 6Stokes
  • 9Shaw
  • 10Jones
  • 15Murray
  • 17Lyons
  • 18waters
  • 21McInroy
  • 29Wales

St Mirren

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1carson
  • 23strainSubstituted forShaughnessyat 84′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22Fraser
  • 31Gallagher
  • 18DunneBooked at 71mins
  • 3Tanser
  • 17Bacchus
  • 16ErhahonBooked at 7mins
  • 11KiltieSubstituted forFlynnat 78′minutes
  • 10MainSubstituted forGreiveat 85′minutes
  • 9BrophySubstituted forGogicat 15′minutesBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 4Shaughnessy
  • 5Taylor
  • 8Flynn
  • 13Gogic
  • 15Reid
  • 20Olusanya
  • 21Greive
  • 27Urminsky
  • 30Taylor

Referees:
Grant Irvine

Attendance:
7.008

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