in Match Reports April 14, 2018
Killie secured an astonishing sixth successive league victory as Kris Boyd fired home to gain a 2-1 victory over Hamilton.
The striker netted his 21st goal of the campaign after finishing a flowing passing move involving Alan Power and Aaron Simpson.
Kilmarnock fans turned out in sensational numbers with 2505 making up the crowd of 4348 at New Douglas Park.
Steve Clarke was forced to shuffle his pack with Leo Fasan coming in for Jamie MacDonald, who hurt his elbow during the week and wasn't risked.
Illness meant Stephen O'Donnell, the Premiership Player of the Month for March, wasn't available and Aaron Simpson grabbed his chance with an assist for the winner.
While Killie dominated possession in the opening half, Hamilton had the better opportunities with Darian Mackinnon striking the crossbar.
Fasan then was forced into two fine saves as the men from Ayrshire slacked off during the late part of the first half with Alan Power replacing the injured Rory McKenzie.
Steve Clarke's words of half time encouragement worked as the visitors started the second period brightly with Jordan Jones helping the stretch the play on the left flank.
The Northern Ireland international was fouled, allowing Gary Dicker to whip in a free kick for Kirk Broadfoot to nod in his first Killie goal.
It looked more likely that Clarke's men would add to that lead but in the blink of an eye the scores were level.
David Templeton had only just entered the field of play before he curled in a free kick, which struck the post and bounced in off the helpless Fasan.
Suddenly the home crowd had something to cheer as Accies battled to get a vital win in the race to avoid the drop.
But it was Killie who would come out on top as the ball was worked from left to right and Boyd was in the perfect position to fire home past Gary Woods.
Innes Cameron and Eamonn Brophy were introduced to the action in the closing stages as the vocal Killie crowd sang their hearts out.
And victory was achieved as we move nine points clear of Heart heading into the post-split fixtures.
Kilmarnock: Fasan; Simpson, Broadfoot, Findlay, Taylor; Dicker, Mulumbu, McKenzie (Power); Jones, Kiltie (Brophy), Boyd (Cameron)