St Mirren 0-1 Kilmarnock: Back-to-back wins secured
St Mirren Goals:
Killie Goals: Kabamba 28,
Nicke Kabamba marked the week of his first international call up in real style as he scored the winner for Killie in Paisley.
After back-to-back home victories, Killie headed to Paisley looking to continue that form on the road.
Alan Power returned to the starting XI in place of the suspended Eamonn Brophy with Killie returning to a 4-3-3 formation in possession while switching to a 4-5-1 when defending.
The addition of an extra midfielder gave the visitors control of the ball with Dicker, Power and Tshibola remaining composed on the ball throughout the half.
Saints’ best moments came on the break with Durmus dragging his shot wide of the target while former Killie striker Lee Erwin saw his looping header hit the top of the crossbar.
However, there was no doubt that Killie were on top and they duly got their reward when Chris Burke’s fine work down the right flank was converted by Kabamba, who evaded the attention of Conor McCarthy to prod past Jak Alnwick.
It’s been a big week for the forward, who scored last week’s winner against Hamilton and was called up to the DR Congo squad for the first time for October’s friendly with Morocco.
With his team behind at the break, St Mirren’s Jim Goodwin made two changes at the break with John Obika and Nathan Sheron coming on but it was the Ayrshire men who looked more dangerous.
Strong combination play between Ross Millen and Greg Kiltie saw the latter denied by a fine fingertip save by Alnwick.
Rory McKenzie replaced Chris Burke with 20 minutes to go as Killie had to show our battling qualities to hold what we had.
And they did just that to take all three points away from a tough venue.
The Killie XI: Rogers, Millen (Rossi 90+), Broadfoot, Findlay, Waters, Dicker, Power, Tshibola, Kiltie, Burke (McKenzie 70), Kabamba
(First Team) Kilmarnock v Motherwell @ BBSP Stadium, Rugby Park, Friday, October 2 – Scottish Premiership, 7.45PM