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Kilmarnock 5-0 Hamilton: Killie up to third after routing Accies

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Highlights: Kilmarnock 5-0 Hamilton

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.

Youssouf Mulumbu scores
Mulumbu's goal was his first since returning to Kilmarnock on loan from Celtic

'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."

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 26Bachmann
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 17Findlay
  • 3Taylor
  • 27Tshibola
  • 8DickerBooked at 67mins
  • 24MulumbuSubstituted forBurkeat 77'minutes
  • 15McAlenySubstituted forMillarat 77'minutes
  • 9Boyd
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forNdjoliat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 4Bruce
  • 12Ndjoli
  • 18Waters
  • 19Millar
  • 21Frizzell
  • 29Burke

Hamilton

  • 1Woods
  • 13Gogic
  • 6Kilgallon
  • 4Gordon
  • 2McGowan
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 67mins
  • 25MartinBooked at 90mins
  • 46Sowah
  • 22AndreuSubstituted forBoydat 62'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 11Miller
  • 9OakleySubstituted forMcMillanat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3McMann
  • 5Tshiembe
  • 16McMillan
  • 23Fulton
  • 28Smith
  • 30Boyd
  • 33Mimnaugh
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
4,762

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home14
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 5, Hamilton Academical 0. Mikael Ndjoli (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner.

Booking

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!

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

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mikael Ndjoli replaces Rory McKenzie.

Booking

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

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Burke replaces Youssouf Mulumbu.

Substitution

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.

Booking

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock).

Booking

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

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!

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

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Steven Boyd replaces Tony Andreu.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Darian MacKinnon.

Goal!

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

Second Half begins Kilmarnock 1, Hamilton Academical 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic30224467165170
2Rangers30179466224460
3Kilmarnock31159744281654
4Aberdeen31157947361152
5Hearts31155113736150
6Hibernian31139947331448
7Motherwell31134143641-543
8St Johnstone31125143042-1241
9Livingston31108133333038
10Hamilton3173212066-4624
11St Mirren3155212358-3520
12Dundee3146212564-3918
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