Mark Gillespie was at Rugby Park for us on Saturday…
Saturday 30th March, 3pm
Kilmarnock 5 Hamilton Academical 0
It was another heavy defeat on the road but we remain in that familiar 10th spot, but four points clear of the danger zone. Killie meanwhile move up to third, as goals from Taylor, McKenzie, Mulumbu, Burke and Ndjoli rounded off a great day for the hosts.
Despite being second best for long spells, Accies had somehow clung on to half time, Taylor’s early strike the only difference. But the hosts really pushed home their advantage after McKenzie’s second, as the Accies defence folded in the latter stages.
Brian Rice was unhappy at the application of his players on the back of such a good win before the break.
“In 40 odd years in football that’s as embarrassed as I’ve ever been. I’m at a total loss as to why the same eleven boys who started against Hearts produced nothing today.”
“I saw a lack of application today, people not putting their bodies on the line. We didn’t impose ourselves. Today there was a distinct lack of desire and guts.”
“Kilmarnock were excellent, everything we wanted to be. We were nowhere near that. We were lucky it ended up only 5-0.”
“We’re fighting for our lives. I’ve been drilling that into the players since the Hearts game. We’re hurting but there’s no time to dwell on it ahead of another big game at Livingston.”
The manager had kept faith with the side which faced Hearts, naming an unchanged side, as we looked to build some momentum. Killie meanwhile made three switches from their last outing, with Tshibola, Kris Boyd and McAleny all starting for Steve Clarke’s men.
Almost from the off it was looking ominous, Killie the sharper side pressing high up the pitch. The opener arrived on four minutes as Mulumbu’s through ball found Taylor in acres of space down the left channel to crash a high effort in off Gary Woods’ near post.
It was backs to the wall from there. Killie played with pace and confidence and had penalty claims waved away on 12 minutes, McKenzie going over in the box in pursuit of a loose ball.
A couple of chances fell to McAleny as they sought to press home the advantage. But Accies hung in there, an Andreu shot and George Oakley header our only efforts on target.
We had a better spell as half time approached but were almost undone on a swift Killie counter, as Boyd played McKenzie through on goal but Woods got down to block the effort.
It was a bonus to get in just one goal down at the break, but the home side just stepped it up another gear in the second half. McAleny had the all-important second goal on 55 minutes, as McKenzie got to the right byline to square for a tap in.
It was game over on 62 minutes, as McKenzie played Mulumbu clean through to score, after good link up play. Only good reactions by Woods prevented McKenzie from getting in on the act on two minutes later, saving his close range volley from Boyd’s lay off.
With three points in the bag Killie rang the changes and two subs were to rub further salt in Accies wounds, before this was over. Chris Burke notched number four with a deft chip from a tight angle on 83 minutes.
Accies had been disappointing at the other end, with thoughts perhaps already on two big games coming up. But Killie weren’t finished, as Mikael Ndjoli worked some space on the edge of the Accies box to rifle home number five.
Kilmarnock: Bachmann, O’Donnell, Broadfoot, Findlay, Taylor, McKenzie (Ndjoli, 83), Dicker, Mulumbu (Burke, 77), Tshibola, McAleny (Millar, 77), K Boyd; Subs Unused: McDonald, Bruce, Waters, Frizzell
Kilmarnock Cautions: Dicker, 66,
Kilmarnock Goals: Taylor, 4, McAleny, 55, Mulumbu, 62, Burke, 83, Ndjoli, 90+2
Accies: Woods, McGowan, Gordon, Kilgallon, Oakley (McMillan, 65), Miller, Gogic, MacKinnon (c), Andreu (Boyd, 61), Martin, Sowah; Subs Unused: Fulton, McMann, Tshiembe, L Smith, Mimnaugh
Accies Cautions: MacKinnon, 66, Boyd, 83, Martin, 89
Referee: Andrew Dallas Assistants: David Doig and Paul O’Neill; 4th Official: Lloyd Wilson
Attendance: 4762 (282 Accies)