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Kilmarnock 3-0 Hibernian: Steve Clarke’s side overcome floodlight failures

Kilmarnock 3-0 Hibernian: Steve Clarke’s side overcome floodlight failures

Kilmarnock 3-0 Hibernian: Steve Clarke’s side overcome floodlight failures By Andy Campbell BBC Sport Scotland 1 Dec From the section Scottish Premiership Share this page Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46325989 Read more about sharing. Fears the match may have to be abandoned eventually subsidedTwo temporary floodlight…

Kilmarnock 3-0 Hibernian: Steve Clarke’s side overcome floodlight failures

Rugby Park

Fears the match may have to be abandoned eventually subsided

Two temporary floodlight failures could not prevent Kilmarnock moving to within a point of the Scottish Premiership summit with an easy win over Hibernian.

Eamonn Brophy slid Steve Clarke’s side in front early on, then converted a penalty following Darren McGregor’s foul on Jordan Jones.

The second half was interrupted twice when the power went out.

But after play resumed for a second time, Greg Stewart dinked the ball over Adam Bogdan for Kilmarnock’s third.

Kilmarnock, who host Livingston on Wednesday, stretch their unbeaten run to three and are second – a point off leaders Celtic, who have two games in hand.

Hibs are winless in six and slip to eighth place before their midweek meeting with second-bottom St Mirren.

Darkness falls but Kilmarnock dominant

Clarke had not previously enjoyed victory over Hibernian as Kilmarnock manager and had watched his side ship 10 goals in the Ayrshire side’s past three meetings with Neil Lennon’s men.

But it was Lennon who opted for a more conservative line-up with defender Efe Ambrose pushed up into midfield to protect a back three and Miquel Nelom given his first start at left wing-back.

Kilmarnock’s gameplan was to press down the left with Jones and he gave Steven Whittaker and Darren McGregor a torrid time.

It was from Jones’ quick throw-in that Stewart held off two Hibs defenders to set up Brophy for the opener, then Jones played a one-two with Greg Taylor before being upended by McGregor for Brophy’s spot-kick.

Apart from an off-target Martin Boyle shot, Hibernian were absent as an attacking force in the first half. They improved after the break, with substitute Daryl Horgan forcing a save from Daniel Bachmann, but Kilmarnock’s lead was rarely in danger.

And not even the stadium being plunged into darkness at 16:09 and then again at 16:39 could save Hibs, with the match eventually concluding at 17:20 just after Stewart had finished with composure.

Eamonn Brophy scores

Brophy took his season’s tally to seven

‘Hibs’ poorest performance in 2018′ – analysis

BBC Scotland’s Brian McLauchlin at Rugby Park

They may have issues with regards the power supply at Rugby Park but there is certainly no lack of spark on the pitch after a scintillating performance by Kilmarnock.

From the first minute to the last, they were quite outstanding with Stewart and Brophy leading the line magnificently. They also had the trickery of Jones and Rory McKenzie on the flanks, and Alan Power and Gary Dicker completely controlling the midfield. On this evidence, they are more than worthy of their place in second place in the table.

For Lennon, there will be a lot of soul searching in what was probably Hibs’ poorest performance in 2018. It’s now six matches without a victory and not the form required heading into the busiest time of the season.

‘It could have been more’ – reaction

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke: “I thought we were good, first half especially. Neil Lennon came with a little bit of a different side but we got the early goal and that was crucial.

“Second half, we invited them on a little bit. If we’d have been a little bit more clinical we could’ve had a bigger scoreline.”

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 26Bachmann
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 16Boyd
  • 3Taylor
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forBurkeat 73'minutes
  • 6Power
  • 8Dicker
  • 11Jones
  • 25BrophySubstituted forTshibolaat 59'minutes
  • 19Stewart

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 4Byrne
  • 9Boyd
  • 12Ndjoli
  • 22Millen
  • 27Tshibola
  • 29Burke

Hibernian

  • 31Bogdan
  • 36Porteous
  • 24McGregorSubstituted forHorganat 45'minutes
  • 4Hanlon
  • 3WhittakerSubstituted forShawat 45'minutes
  • 25Ambrose
  • 5MilliganSubstituted forStevensonat 86'minutes
  • 14Mallan
  • 18Nelom
  • 10BoyleBooked at 45mins
  • 22Kamberi

Substitutes

  • 1Marciano
  • 7Horgan
  • 9Maclaren
  • 16Stevenson
  • 23Mavrias
  • 32Shaw
  • 43Mackie
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
6,036

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 3, Hibernian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 3, Hibernian 0.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 3, Hibernian 0. Greg Stewart (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Burke.

Attempt missed. Alan Power (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock).

Miquel Nelom (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Lewis Stevenson replaces Mark Milligan.

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Daryl Horgan (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Alan Power (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Chris Burke (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Miquel Nelom (Hibernian).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Foul by Alan Power (Kilmarnock).

Ryan Porteous (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Burke replaces Rory McKenzie.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. Daryl Horgan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Alan Power (Kilmarnock).

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Aaron Tshibola replaces Eamonn Brophy.

Oli Shaw (Hibernian) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box.

Attempt saved. Daryl Horgan (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Alan Power (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daryl Horgan (Hibernian).

Attempt saved. Daryl Horgan (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Kilmarnock 2, Hibernian 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Daryl Horgan replaces Darren McGregor.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Steven Whittaker.

Half Time

First Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, Hibernian 0.

Booking

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).

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

Foul by Miquel Nelom (Hibernian).

Alan Power (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Mallan (Hibernian).

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