Match ends, Kilmarnock 5, Hamilton Academical 0.
Kilmarnock 5-0 Hamilton: Killie up to third after routing Accies
Greg Taylor's first senior goal helped Kilmarnock rout Hamilton Academical and move above Aberdeen into third place in the Scottish Premiership.
The left-back's early strike set the tone for a dominant display.
Rory McKenzie played a major role in the hosts' next two goals as Conor McAleny and Youssouf Mulumbu finished well.
Chris Burke's deflected goal and Mikael Ndjoli's powerful strike rounded off the scoring as Hamilton toiled.
Brian Rice's Accies rarely threatened and they face a trip to Livingston on Wednesday.
Kilmarnock visit Hibernian that night and Steve Clarke's side are well placed to secure a Europa League qualifying place as the Premiership split approaches next month.
Kilmarnock start as they mean to go on
With Hibs having moved to within three points of Kilmarnock with victory at Livingston on Friday, Clarke's men showed their intent early on, culminating in Taylor's opener. Mulumbu's superb diagonal pass found him in a huge patch of space and a firm finish off a post followed.
Aaron Tshibola, Gary Dicker and Mulumbu were dictating play from deep and McAleny had two efforts blocked towards half-time. But McAleny did find the net after McKenzie's low cross was helped on by Kris Boyd to give the home side a more comfortable advantage.
Mulumbu and McKenzie combined for the third with McKenzie motioning to shoot then slipping a clever return pass for the midfielder to score.
McKenzie almost got the goal his performance deserved when he latched on to Boyd's headed knock-down but volleyed straight at Woods from close range.
Burke replaced Mulumbu and found the net when his ball across from the left took a touch off Hamilton defender Matthew Kilgallon.
And fellow replacement Ndjoli, who had come on for McKenzie, added the icing to the cake after driving at the Hamilton defence and shooting into Woods' top-left corner.
'Victory boosts ailing Clarke' - analysis
BBC Scotland's John Barnes at Rugby Park
Kilmarnock manager Clarke had hoped his players would turn in a performance that saved him having to shout instructions as he toiled with a sore throat. They did not let him down.
Accies manager Rice, though, might be the one now feeling under the weather after the display from his team. The speed by which he headed up the tunnel at half-time suggested he was not happy with what he had witnessed in the opening 45 minutes and you could understand why. His side were lucky just to be one down and that was only because Kilmarnock had failed to take advantage of their superiority.
The hosts rectified that statistic in the second period with clever creative play. Accies were second best all over the pitch as Dicker and Mulumbu controlled the midfield and McKenzie ran the visitors ragged. This was probably the best display from McKenzie this season as he has battled with Burke for the right-wing berth. He deservedly went off to a standing ovation when substituted.
This result and performance was the ideal tonic for Clarke, but just as Accies' situation looked like becoming a little bit healthier, they have suddenly suffered a relapse.
'Only one team wanted to play' - reaction
Kilmarnock assistant manager Alex Dyer: "The gaffer's a little bit under the weather but the boys came out and performed. They did everything right.
"Apart from scoring the goals, they created a lot of chances and to a man they were outstanding. We want to finish the season as high as we can."
Hamilton Academical manager Brian Rice: "Only one team looked as though they wanted to be out there, roll their sleeves up, go and play football and go and win a football game and it wasn't us.
"I expected a lot, lot more. I'm lost for words at how we performed."
- 8DickerBooked at 67mins
- 24MulumbuSubstituted forBurkeat 77'minutes
- 15McAlenySubstituted forMillarat 77'minutes
- 7McKenzieSubstituted forNdjoliat 83'minutes
- 18MacKinnonBooked at 67mins
- 25MartinBooked at 90mins
- 22AndreuSubstituted forBoydat 62'minutesBooked at 83mins
- 9OakleySubstituted forMcMillanat 66'minutes
- Andrew Dallas
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 5, Hamilton Academical 0.
Goal! Kilmarnock 5, Hamilton Academical 0. Mikael Ndjoli (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner.
Scott Martin (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Attempt missed. Liam Millar (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.
Delay in match Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) because of an injury.
Goal! Kilmarnock 4, Hamilton Academical 0. Chris Burke (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top right corner. Assisted by Liam Millar.
Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mikael Ndjoli replaces Rory McKenzie.
Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical).
Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).
Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Liam Millar (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Burke replaces Youssouf Mulumbu.
Substitution, Kilmarnock. Liam Millar replaces Conor McAleny.
Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Lennard Sowah.
Attempt missed. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).
Lennard Sowah (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Steven Boyd.
Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock).
Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Hamilton Academical. David McMillan replaces George Oakley.
Attempt saved. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Goal! Kilmarnock 3, Hamilton Academical 0. Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rory McKenzie.
Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Steven Boyd replaces Tony Andreu.
Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Darian MacKinnon.
Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Hamilton Academical 0. Conor McAleny (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kris Boyd following a fast break.
Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Aaron McGowan (Hamilton Academical).
Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).
Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) because of an injury.
Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).
Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Second Half begins Kilmarnock 1, Hamilton Academical 0.