Needing a win, Killie did not take long to get things started. With only one minute on the clock Kyle Lafferty fired his side into the lead. The former Hearts man struck a shot from outside the area and caught Liam Kelly sleeping in the Motherwell goal.
However, the Steelmen would quickly answer back with a goal of their own. Motherwell maestro Allan Campbell floated a ball to the back post which was powered towards goal by Jordan Roberts.
Despite Colin Doyle making an excellent save to keep the header out, the clearance only made it as far as Barry Maguire, who rolled a shot through some bodies and into the Killie net to score his first Motherwell goal and level the game after only eight minutes.
The game quickly settled after the two early goals but the Steelmen were firmly in control. Doyle had to make another excellent save from a header with ten minutes go until the break, Devante Cole this time rising above Kirk Broadfoot and testing the Killie keeper.
With the game even at the break, three points were still up for grabs for both sides but it was Motherwell who were looking more likely to come away from Rugby Park as the victors.
Kilmarnock would repeat their efforts from the first half by taking the lead again early in the second 45. A mix-up in the Motherwell defence allowed Rory McKenzie to steal the ball away from Kelly and tap home from less than a yard out and give the Ayrshire side an advantage.
Killie would stroll into a 3-1 lead only a couple of minutes after scoring their second. A free-kick was taken quickly with the ball making its way out to Mitch Pinnock on the left-hand side. The winger lobbed a deep cross to the back post and Chris Burke was there to lash the ball home for his eighth goal of the season.
The icing on the cake would arrive in the 82nd minute for Killie with Pinnock escaping Tyler Magloire with a lovely piece of skill before slotting it into the net for Kilmarnock’s fourth of the afternoon and a crucial three points. Here are three things we learned.
Kilmarnock come good
A win has been elusive for Wright since he took over as Killie manager and the win against Motherwell could be the most important of the season. The Ayrshire side’s last win came against Hamilton on the ninth of January and Wright will be hoping there’s more to come.
Lafferty hasn’t taken long to settle into his new colours. The Northern-Irishman has rattled in three goals in four appearances since joining Killie and provided two assists against the Steelmen to boost his numbers.
If the well-travelled striker is settled in Ayrshire, then this could be the difference in the bottom six.
Motherwell have produced some incredible talent over the past few years including James Scott and David Turnbull but one of the best is undoubtedly Campbell.
The 22-year-old has put in some sensational performances this season and he was one of the few bright ‘Well lights against Kilmarnock. It will be a tall order for the Steelmen to keep him in Lanarkshire after the summer.
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