Hibernian ruined Steve Clarke’s first residence recreation as Kilmarnock supervisor and moved into third place within the Ladbrokes Premiership with a Three-Zero victory.
Targets from John McGinn, Simon Murray and Martin Boyle earned Hibs to a 3rd consecutive win.
Clarke had guided Killie to attracts at Ibrox and Celtic Park in his first two video games in cost after watching them win at Partick Thistle, and their shows in Glasgow and enthusiasm over his appointment helped appeal to a crowd of 5,005 – greater than 1,500 up on their earlier residence recreation.
However Clarke’s early influence didn’t stretch to an upturn in residence outcomes, though Rory McKenzie and Kris Boyd, twice, hit the woodwork for the hosts, who got a heat reception for his or her efforts. Killie have now taken two factors from a doable 21 this season at Rugby Park.
The house crowd’s optimism was dented within the 10th minute when Boyle laid the ball again for David Grey to whip a pinpoint cross on to the pinnacle of McGinn six yards out. The midfielder powered a header into the underside nook.
The tables have been quickly turned when McGinn’s nook discovered Grey, who was in for the absent Steven Whittaker, utterly unmarked on the again put up. However Jamie MacDonald blocked the right-back’s header together with his ft.
Killie instantly broke however Lewis Stevenson raced again to place in a goal-saving deal with on Jordan Jones and the guests continued to look threatening with McGinn and Dylan McGeouch impressing on the ball and Grey and Boyle discovering area down the fitting.
However the hosts discovered their ft across the half-hour mark after McKenzie hit the skin of the put up from 25 yards. They got here even nearer 4 minutes later when Greg Taylor turned within the field and crossed for Boyd, whose header bounced down off the underside of the bar.
The striker out-muscled Marvin Bartley seconds later at a nook however headed huge off stability and claimed unsuccessfully for a penalty to referee Stephen Finnie.
Boyd missed a wonderful probability three minutes into the second half after Jones waltzed to the bye-line and located the 34-year-old in area within the six-yard field, however Ofir Marciano blocked his tried tap-at shut vary.
Marciano tipped over well-struck long-range strikes from Boyd and Jones and the house aspect have been made to pay for his or her misses when Hibs carved them open on the hour mark. McGinn flighted a ball excessive of the house defence and Grey despatched an inviting first-time ball throughout the face of aim for Murray to knock residence.
Killie had a number of penalty claims rejected – notably when Stevenson fouled Jones proper on the sting of the field and when the winger obtained in entrance of Grey and went to floor, however Finnie was not .
Marciano saved Lee Erwin’s header, Adam Frizzell missed the goal from 16 yards and Boyd’s free-kick deflected off the put up.
Boyle raced by the center of the house defence to make it three in stoppage-time.