Scottish Premiership
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Aberdeen 5-1 Kilmarnock

Aberdeen moved up to third in the Scottish Premiership with an emphatic win over Kilmarnock at Pittodrie.

Peter Pawlett slid in the first and was denied a second when his close-range shot was parried, but Anthony O'Connor tapped in the rebound.

Jonny Hayes raced clear and slotted the ball inside the near post, then Niall McGinn fired in a fourth.

Rory McKenzie tapped in a consolation before Hayes rounded Killie goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald to make it five.

Dons back on track

You would imagine Aberdeen were running riot from the start, but Kilmarnock more than matched them initially and had the better chances early on.

It was short lived, though, and they were ultimately swept aside by the rampant hosts and the result was in no doubt by half-time.

The opener came at a good time for the hosts, when they were not overly creative and fans were anxious for a lift after recent defeats.

Graeme Shinnie's right-foot shot from a central position was not as true as it might have been, but Pawlett had anticipated the direction of the ball and his touch took it away from goalkeeper MacDonald.

Pawlett saw MacDonald produce an outstanding close-range save, but the ball dropped to O'Connor who could not miss from a couple of yards.

It got even better as an excellent move saw Adam Rooney brilliantly release Hayes on the left, who showed great pace to surge into the box, hold off a challenge and finish.

A fourth arrived through the guile of McGinn, who cut in from the left, saw his first shot blocked but it came back to him in space and the shot was low and on target.

To rub salt in the wounds, Hayes netted his second late on - slotting home from close range after dancing into the six-yard box.

Jonny Hayes (second left)
Jonny Hayes (second left) scored twice for Aberdeen

Killie crushed

Having reached the top six with a game in hand over some of those below, this was a chance for Kilmarnock to really boost their prospects this season - but it proved a bridge way too far.

Souleymane Coulibaly, Greg Taylor and McKenzie all had early opportunities and they looked to have a good balance between being solid at the back and threatening going forward.

It fell apart and once three behind there was little hope of a comeback.

It was a touch surprising as Lee Clark's side have seemed far more organised and tight at the back.

MacDonald denied Aberdeen a fourth in the first half with a brilliant fingertip save to foil James Maddison.

Credit to the visitors for notching a consolation. Substitute Nathan Tyson cut back to McKenzie who confidently finished.

Some sides just do not seem to like playing particular teams - and for Kilmarnock, Aberdeen are definitely one of them.

Now an important trip to Motherwell awaits.

Reaction

Aberdeen assistant Tony Docherty: "The boys were terrific. Very clinical in the final third.

"It doesn't surprise myself or the manager; the character and spirit of that squad - that's the kind of response you get from any kind of criticism they've had.

"I thought they went out tonight and answered a lot of critics and I'm just please we're back to winning ways.

"It was a tough one tonight. Our overall performance was outstanding."

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark: "We started very well, created numerous chances and made them look nervy.

"They get a goal and we seem to fold defensively.

"We carried too many passengers. I had some excellent individual performances which might seem strange when you've lost 5-1.

"We were easy to play against. We've just been lambs to the slaughter.

"It looked to me like we had a couple of players who got a little bit giddy because we got a positive result on Saturday. Football doesn't work like that."

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 15O'Connor
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 44mins
  • 3Shinnie
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forBurnsat 69'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 23MaddisonBooked at 25minsSubstituted forReynoldsat 54'minutes
  • 10McGinn
  • 11Hayes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forStockleyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 8Burns
  • 17Stockley
  • 19Storie
  • 25Alexander
  • 39Storey

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 27Hendrie
  • 16BoydBooked at 76mins
  • 5Boyle
  • 24Taylor
  • 3Smith
  • 8Dicker
  • 19CoulibalySubstituted forAdamsat 73'minutes
  • 7McKenzie
  • 11JonesSubstituted forWilsonat 47'minutes
  • 21FrizzellSubstituted forTysonat 47'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Tyson
  • 14McFadzean
  • 18Adams
  • 20Bojaj
  • 31Mackay
  • 36Wilson
  • 44Cameron
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
8,195

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 5, Kilmarnock 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 5, Kilmarnock 1.

Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Boyd (Kilmarnock).

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 5, Kilmarnock 1. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jayden Stockley.

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Boyd (Kilmarnock).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock).

Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Boyle (Kilmarnock).

Hand ball by Nathan Tyson (Kilmarnock).

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

Nathan Tyson (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Jayden Stockley replaces Adam Rooney.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 4, Kilmarnock 1. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Tyson.

Booking

Scott Boyd (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Wes Burns (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Boyd (Kilmarnock).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Charlee Adams replaces Souleymane Coulibaly.

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Wes Burns replaces Peter Pawlett.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 4, Kilmarnock 0. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Rooney.

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Nathan Tyson (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen).

Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Luke Hendrie.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Luke Hendrie.

Attempt missed. William Boyle (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic13121039112837
2Rangers168532117429
3Aberdeen1583428151327
4Hearts1676331191227
5St Johnstone156452219322
6Kilmarnock164571529-1417
7Ross County163761728-1116
8Hamilton152941721-415
9Motherwell154382027-715
10Dundee164391422-815
11Partick Thistle153571722-514
12Inverness CT163582132-1114
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