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He headed home Simon Lappin’s cross to maintain the Fir Parkers’ pursuit of third-placed Dundee United just when it seemed that the second-bottom Rugby Park side were about to collect a much-needed point.

Strike partner Ross McCormack had missed a first-half penalty, sending his spot-kick wide of the left-hand post after David Lilley had flattened Clarkson. Things got worse for the Kilmarnock defender though when he was sent off for a second booking after fouling McCormack midway through the second half.

The visitors looked set to take a share of the spoils but Motherwell secured all three points two minutes into injury time when substitute Lappin crossed from the left and Clarkson headed home.