Motherwell enjoyed a Christmas Carroll in Ayrshire as the Steelmen wrapped up three points against managerless Kilmarnock .

The Rugby Park side were led by caretaker Alex Dyer in the wake of Angelo Alessio ’s departure in midweek but it was the same old story for his side.

Killie couldn’t find a way to goal for the fourth game on the trot – and Jake Carroll made them pay with a sensational second half winner.

There wasn’t much between the sides in a low key opening 45 minutes. Eamonn Brophy had a couple of half chances for Killie without troubling keeper Mark Gillespie.

At the other end Motherwell only had a few sniffs, with the best of the lot a drive from Allan Campbell – which was diverted over the bar by Connor Johnston’s outstretched leg.

Robinson’s side looked to step up a gear after the break and should have been ahead when Long tried to nudge the ball over the line after Laurentiu Bransecu got a glove to Jermain Hylton’s shot and got flagged offside.

There was nothing going to stop Carroll though when he curled in a cracker of a free kick after 67 minutes.

Killie could have pulled level though when Stephen O’Donnell cut back in to the path of Brophy – but the front man ballooned over the bar.

Moments later the hitman hit the target, only for Gillespie to bat it away and sum up Killie’s luck in front of goal this term.

Instead it was Well who almost made it two but Branescu brilliantly blocked Liam Polworth on the break.

3 Talking Points

Robinson crew so strong

Motherwell manged to keep hold of Stephen Robinson despite interest in a couple of high-profile positions and it’s no wonder Fir Park fans were relieved.

The gaffer has quietly forged the Steelmen in to a right good side and he showed his coaching abilities again at Rugby Park.

Well were being cancelled out by Killie in the first half but his subs after the break helped seize control of the midfield and the game.

The opening goal came from a set piece but it had been coming, and once Robbo’s men were in front they had the organisation to keep their shape and see it out.

Killie goal Scrooges

Folk enjoy a feast at this time of year but it’s the goal famine that’s giving Killie trouble this term.

The Rugby Park men have notched just 17 times in 19 league games this season and this was their four game on the trot without troubling the net.

It’s a fine balance between being organised and posing a threat and it’s something Killie couldn’t quite pulled off under Angelo Alessio.

Yet again they suffered from a combination poor finishing and superb goalkeeping and if you’re not scoring there’s always the threat of being punished – which is exactly what happened.

The future could by Dyer

Alex Dyer would be a popular choice to get the Killie gig on a permanent basis. The stand-in gaffer got a rousing reception before the game and the mood in the stands suggest he’d been seen as a safe pair of hands.

Dyer played a key role under Steve Clarke and there was a much more solid look about the side against Well.

The team had a familiar style and set-up and it’s not like he is coming in to produce some kind of rescue mission.

Killie haven’t been hitting the heights this season but they are still a strong team and with a cool head at the helm there’s no reason they can’t be in the top six mix at the end of the term.

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