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Kilmarnock 3-0 Partick Thistle

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Rugby Park

Tope Obadeyi scored twice as Kilmarnock comfortably beat Partick Thistle to record their biggest win of the season.

The Englishman dived to head in Ross Barbour's cross before Thistle went close when Ryan Stevenson hit the crossbar from distance.

Captain Manuel Pascali doubled Kilmarnock's lead by heading in Alexei Eremenko's corner after the break.

And Obadeyi's brace was complete when his low shot squeezed in at the near post.

It was a very disappointing result for Alan Archibald's Partick Thistle, who went out with a bit of a whimper in the second half.

One major worry for them is the condition of playmaker Kallum Higginbotham, who was taken off at half-time and appeared in the stands shortly after with crutches by his side.

Kilmarnock's improved fortunes
Kilmarnock have 14 points after eight Premiership games this seasonAt the same stage last season, they had three points
Allan Johnston's side have won four league games so far this termIn the previous campaign, their fourth league win came in late December

For Thistle striker Kris Doolan, this match was something of a homecoming.

Having started out in Ayrshire junior football, the 27-year-old still lives in Kilmarnock and really should have made his fellow residents miserable in the 14th minute.

Steven Lawless's drive from the edge of the box was only parried by goalkeeper Craig Samson but Doolan's effort from six yards out was straight at the goalkeeper.

The Jags were to pay for such profligacy when Kilmarnock took the lead 10 minutes later.

Former England under-20 international Obadeyi met Barbour's deep delivery from the right to net his second goal of the season.

After being welcomed back into the starting line-up for this match, Thistle's Stevenson nearly produced a terrific equaliser.

The former Hearts and Ayr United man hit a 25-yard rasping drive that smacked the frame of the goal.

Soon after the break, though, the hosts set about snuffing out any hopes the Jags had of rescuing an away point.

A bullet header by Pascali put Kilmarnock two ahead, the Italian rising to convert Eremenko's corner kick.

The Russian-born Finn was sent off against St Johnstone in the midweek League Cup defeat but would play a crucial role in Kilmarnock's third goal, too.

Eremenko found an unmarked Obadeyi on the edge of the box and the former Bolton man drilled in at the near post to score his second of the game past Scott Fox.

Tope Obadeyi scores for Kilmarnock against Partick Thistle
Obadeyi stooped to head Killie in front
Manuel Pascali celebrates after scoring for Kilmarnock against Partick Thistle
Pascali (far right) was a popular man on and off the pitch after heading Kilmarnock's second

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 2Barbour
  • 6Connolly
  • 29Pascali
  • 22Westlake
  • 4Hamill
  • 8Clingan
  • 10Johnston
  • 20EremenkoSubstituted forSlaterat 89'minutes
  • 28MagennisSubstituted forNgooat 83'minutes
  • 16ObadeyiSubstituted forMuirheadat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Miller
  • 13Brennan
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 19Slater
  • 21Ngoo
  • 26O'Hara
  • 33Muirhead

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 16McMillanBooked at 82mins
  • 6Balatoni
  • 3SeaborneSubstituted forMuirheadat 37'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 17CarrollBooked at 73mins
  • 18Osman
  • 8Bannigan
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forEcclestonat 58'minutes
  • 10Stevenson
  • 15HigginbothamSubstituted forElliottat 45'minutes
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5Muirhead
  • 7Craigen
  • 12Gallacher
  • 14Elliott
  • 19Eccleston
  • 23Wilson
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
3,980

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 3, Partick Thistle 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 3, Partick Thistle 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Craig Slater replaces Alexei Eremenko.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michael Ngoo (Kilmarnock).

  6. Post update

    Aaron Muirhead (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Robbie Muirhead replaces Tope Obadeyi.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Michael Ngoo replaces Josh Magennis.

  9. Booking

    Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

  14. Post update

    Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  17. Booking

    Jake Carroll (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jake Carroll (Partick Thistle).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.