Kilmarnock captain Gordon Greer atoned for his early blunder by rescuing a point against Dundee.
Any joy Kilmarnock’s supporters may have felt at coming from behind to earn a point here was soon dispelled by the discovery that this result has not improved their situation.
Partick Thistle’s draw with Hearts means that the Ayrshire club are not the only top-tier club without a league win but it keeps them at the foot of the table on goal difference.
For a team with an appalling home record, the last thing Kilmarnock needed was to gift-wrap a goal for their relegation rivals at a time when some supporters were still making their way into the stadium.
Gordon Greer, captaining the side in the absence of the injured Steven Smith, was the villain on this occasion. He couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet to make a meat-and-potatoes clearance and compounded the error by falling on it.
Faissal El-Bakhtaoui attempted to exploit his error but he failed to achieve a clean strike; he did, however, help the ball on its way to the overlapping Roarie Deacon.
His deep cross was volleyed back across goal by Scott Allan for A-Jay Leitch Smith whose venomous drive was superbly saved by Jamie MacDonald.
Unfortunately for the goalkeeper, his best efforts were in vain because, while the Killie defenders were guilty of ball-watching, El-Bakhtaoui was first to the rebound and drove it home from six yards.
The home side had chances, the best of which fell to Lee Erwin when he raced on to a perfectly-weighted through ball from Dean Hawkshaw. He had only Scott Bain to beat but his shot lacked conviction and was comfortably saved.
Calum Waters could have been dismissed rather than booked for a poor challenge on Jack Handry and, four minutes later, Killie were level. Jordan Jones’ corner found Kris Boyd, who had replaced Adam Frizzell less than a minute earlier. The striker cushioned a header into the path of Greer, who partially atoned for his previous error by drilling the ball behind Bain from 12 yards.
Both sides could have won it. Jamie MacDonald produced another fine save to turn El-Bakhtaoui’s 20-yarder against the bar and Boyd, with the last kick of the match, dragged a left-foot shot wide from six yards after being picked out by Erwin.
“If I was brutally honest, I’d say that was two points lost for us,” said Kilmarnock manager Lee McCulloch. “Over the course of the game we were the better team. Again, an individual mistake at the start of the match cost us but that will happen if we try to play a certain way.
“The biggest thing is how we react to it and we showed great character to react to the mistake. In the second half we were the better team.”