Motherwell earned a crucial point at Kilmarnock with Callum Slattery's stunning last-minute free-kick, keeping them three points ahead of their hosts at Rugby Park.

Scott Robinson put Motherwell ahead midway through the first half, but Motherwell improved in the second. It appeared as though they would seal victory until Alan Power was sent off after 68 minutes.

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Scott Robinson

On Saturday evening, a late Slattery free-kick earned Motherwell a point at Kilmarnock that lifted them seven points above Dundee United and kept them three ahead of Ross County in the relegation zone. Stuart Kettlewell's side have only lost once since taking over from Derek McInnes and have made significant progress in their fight to avoid relegation.

Sam Walker saved Sam Robinson's first-half strike, but the home side struggled to find any real momentum in the second. Christian Doidge saw his goal-bound header palmed away by Kelly while Rory McKenzie saw a shot saved by Gordon while substitute Charlie Mulgrew also saw his effort well blocked by the former Killie keeper.

Kilmarnock went behind early and were denied a clear chance to level when Emilio Izaguirre brought down Greg Kiltie before Higginbotham deftly poked the ball over Craig Gordon.

James Furlong

Stuart Kettlewell's first game as permanent Motherwell manager ended in a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. The Ayrshire side had taken an 18th-minute lead through Scott Robinson, but Motherwell upped the intensity in the second half to secure an important point.

After a slow start to the game, Motherwell began to look more dangerous after the break as James Furlong threatened. He also teed up Kevin van Veen for a shot which Walker again deflected away.

Stephen O'Donnell was denied a late equaliser by the goalkeeper. But it was substitute Slattery who struck gold with his freekick into the top right corner to clinch a point in the dying moments of regulation time.

Blair Spittal

Motherwell maintained their unbeaten start under Stuart Kettlewell with a last-minute Slattery free-kick that earned them a draw at Kilmarnock. This came after an often dull first half.

After Kettlewell introduced Paul McGinn and Spittal, the Steelmen came alive, creating several chances. Unfortunately, one of those opportunities fell just short - Jon Obika's header went narrowly wide of the post.

Motherwell put up a fierce fight all day long as van Veen and Obika harassed Hearts' defence, with Dean Cornelius and Sean Goss also snapping into tackles. But Calum Butcher made an incredible comeback to stop Van Veen from his lung-bursting run, almost having the goal at his feet when van Veen escaped to win it from a cross, but ultimately Motherwell were worthy winners with just a point to show for it.

Stephen O’Donnell

Scott Robinson had put Killie ahead after 25 minutes, but Motherwell rallied. Stephen O'Donnell was a constant threat and had another goal disallowed for going close with a left-foot shot.

Kettlewell's men put in an impressive performance and their improvement after the break earned them a point that keeps them in ninth position. When Slattery hit his "terrific" free-kick to secure victory for his side, Kettlewell hailed it as a crucial victory.

It was a bittersweet outcome, yet one that lifted spirits both away from home and on the field. A point so close to being achieved at the start of this season seemed insurmountable now.

Callum Slattery

Motherwell produced a remarkable comeback to draw 1-1 with Kilmarnock after an uneventful first-half. Stuart Kettlewell's side fought back after Scott Robinson had put the hosts ahead, and substitute Slattery scored from a free-kick in the dying moments to salvage a point for their cause.

Motherwell have maintained their unbeaten start in the league and are now seven points clear of relegation danger. Kettlewell will take heart from this victory after victories over St Mirren and Hearts during his two games as caretaker manager.

Killie had two great chances to score, but James Furlong and Dean Cornelius were denied. Sam Walker made a great save from Furlong while Paul McGinn missed a late free-kick which Slattery curled in for the winning goal.

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