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Kilmarnock 4-1 Motherwell: Hosts move off bottom place in Scottish Premiership

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland

Tommy Wright hopes Kilmarnock can take advantage of three home games after the Scottish Premiership split.

Wright enjoyed his first win as Killie boss in Saturday's 4-1 defeat of Motherwell, which moved them off bottom place in the league.

The post-split fixtures can now be confirmed, with St Johnstone having secured the last top-six berth, and will start on 10 April.

"We've moved in the right direction," said Wright.

"We should be getting three home games. If we get that, I think that'll give us a really good opportunity."

Kyle Lafferty scored the opener and had a hand in Rory McKenzie and Mitch Pinnock's strikes in the hosts' first win in 10 games. Chris Burke got Kilmarnock's other goal as they moved a point above Hamilton Academical, with Ross County a point in front of Wright's side.

Graham Alexander's Motherwell, who got level at 1-1 through Barry Maguire, are ninth - seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Motherwell players did not take a knee before the match and the club confirmed they would maintain that stance as they urged "those in power to take real and immediate action on racism".

Lafferty had opened his Kilmarnock account with a double in the defeat by County two weeks ago and the Northern Ireland international picked up where he left off.

The forward received Alan Power's pass on the right edge of the box with his back to goal, turned and fired past Kelly, who should have done better.

Motherwell were rattled but not for long. Allan Campbell crossed for Jordan Roberts, whose header was saved, but Maguire's rebound volley trickled in.

Brandon Haunstrup fired against the outside of the goal frame at the other end before Devante Cole was denied by Killie goalkeeper Colin Doyle twice in quick succession.

Kilmarnock got their noses ahead after the break when Lafferty's shot was deflected into the path of McKenzie, who rounded Kelly to score, and Burke finished emphatically from Pinnock's cross moments later.

Roberts volleyed wide as Motherwell's hopes faded and Pinnock put the result beyond doubt when he latched on to Lafferty's pass, lobbed Tyler Magloire and slotted through the legs of Kelly.

Man of the match - Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty in action for Kilmarnock against Motherwell
The striker scored the opener and had a hand in two other goals

What did we learn?

Kilmarnock rediscovered their scoring touch two weeks ago and Lafferty's early strike galvanised them, even though it would take until the second half for them to really stamp their authority.

What proved crucial was Burke adding to McKenzie's goal so quickly, which gave Motherwell a mightier task to conquer in the final half hour.

Alexander's side did not take advantage of their best spell in the game before half-time and defeat reignites their relegation fears, though they still have a decent cushion.

What did they say?

Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright: "I'm really pleased for the players and supporters. We've had to wait a long time for a victory.

"It was important that we won, it was important we gave ourselves a chance to stay in this league. We showed a lot of quality and a lot of character to win the game."

Lafferty gives Kilmarnock 'quality' - Wright

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander: "I didn't feel we were at it. We did well to get back into the game but we didn't start in any great fashion.

"The goals that we conceded were extremely soft. It's a sore one for us. Unfortunately we've been found wanting again, against a team below us again and it's something that we have to address."

What's next?

Kilmarnock and Motherwell have Scottish Cup third-round ties scheduled for 3 April (15:00 BST) but both are waiting for their opponents to be confirmed.

Wright's men will visit either Peterhead or Stenhousemuir, while Motherwell are also away to either Formartine United or Annan Athletic. The remaining second-round matches take place on Tuesday.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 16Doyle
  • 2McGowanBooked at 45mins
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 24Medley
  • 3Haunstrup
  • 29BurkeSubstituted forMulumbuat 82'minutes
  • 6PowerBooked at 72mins
  • 8Dicker
  • 19PinnockSubstituted forPierrickat 86'minutes
  • 7McKenzie
  • 28LaffertyBooked at 58minsSubstituted forWhitehallat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Oakley
  • 12Whitehall
  • 14Rossi
  • 15Pierrick
  • 18Waters
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 23Rogers
  • 26Dabo
  • 27Tshibola

Motherwell

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Kelly
  • 33O'Donnell
  • 40Magloire
  • 4Lamie
  • 3Carroll
  • 6Campbell
  • 8Crawford
  • 15MaguireSubstituted forLawlessat 62'minutes
  • 39RobertsBooked at 42mins
  • 44ColeSubstituted forLongat 76'minutes
  • 32Watt

Substitutes

  • 5McGinley
  • 9Long
  • 11Hastie
  • 14Lawless
  • 16Mugabi
  • 19Polworth
  • 23Morrison
  • 26Cornelius
  • 31Gallagher
Referee:
Alan Muir

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 4, Motherwell 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 4, Motherwell 1.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Tony Watt (Motherwell).

  4. Post update

    Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

  5. Post update

    Robbie Crawford (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Whitehall (Kilmarnock).

  7. Post update

    Tyler Magloire (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Whitehall (Kilmarnock).

  9. Post update

    Ricki Lamie (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ricki Lamie (Motherwell).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Long (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Roberts.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alan Power (Kilmarnock).

  14. Post update

    Jake Carroll (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Brandon Pierrick replaces Mitchell Pinnock.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Daniel Whitehall replaces Kyle Lafferty.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Lawless (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen O'Donnell.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Kilmarnock 4, Motherwell 1. Mitchell Pinnock (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle Lafferty.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Youssouf Mulumbu replaces Chris Burke.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Tyler Magloire.

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