Life goes from bad to farce for Aberdeen who were comprehensively outplayed by
a Killie side who illustrated their tital credentials with an assured showing.
But it was the relegation potential of the Dons that was most telling as they
fell behind as early as the sixth minute to a fortunate Ally Mitchell effort.
It was an unlucky break as Mitchell benefited from a kind rebound, but thereafter
Miller's beleagured troops made life difficult for themselves through inept defending.
Mitchell struck his second after 34 minutes before Jerome Vareille made it
3 ahead of an interval that could not stem the tide, Paul Wright's penalty
sidefooted in for a resounding 66th minute fourth. Miller recalled transfer-listed
John Inglis in a vain bid to bolster his struggling defence with summer capture
from Dundee United Mark Perry making way.
Both teams were involved in 0-3 scorelines last week, but while Kilmarnock
won by that margin at Dunfermline to stay second, Aberdeen remained ninth after
home reverse to Dundee United. Mike Newell was demoted to the bench by Miller
who offered youngster Dennis Wyness a rare start as the Dons tried but failed
to improve record that now
reads 11 wins in their past 43 games.
The Aberdeen support stayed behind to vent their anger at Miller last week,
today the majority of the Pittodrie faithful stayed at home with a low travelling
contingent. The Dons might have moved ahead in the opening minute when Eoin
Jess' flick released Robbie Winters on the right, but his angled drive was
by Gordon Marshall.
Yet after just six minutes Kilmarnock were ahead, an Ian Durrant pass finding
Gus Macpherson on the right whose cross picked out Wright.
The striker mishit his effort but the ball spun over the head of Jim Leigton
and against the bar before the rebound fell kindly for Mitchell to nod the
side 1-0 up.
Wright sent an ambitious chip just wide of the angle after 15 minutes as Kilmarock
settled into a rhythm that Aberdeen appeared unable to contain. After 23 minutes,
the stylish Durrant fired narrowly wide from distance with a first time strike
that had veteran Leighton scrambling to cover. Aberdeen midfielder Pepper might have done better after 27 minutes when he
miskicked a through ball from David Rowson that invited a connection from close
Pepper needed treatment on the half-hour after being sruk by a powerful Mark
Reilly shot from the edge of the box with a Kilmarnock appeal for handball
was rejected. Mitchell struck his and Kilmarnock's second goal after 34 minutes
after Vareille burst down the right battling past Derek Whye before squaring
for his colleague
to rifle home. After 38 minutes, Kilmarnock made it 3-0 when Inglis lost possesion
to Wright and Durrant set up Vareille who clipped the ball over advancing Leighton
a fine angle.
With the match effectively won, Kilmarnock were able to relax, their only
danger complacency, and from a Martin Baker cross, Vareille volleyed wide without
breaking stride.Kilmarnock moved a stunning 4-0 in front with a Wright penalty
after 66 minutes given for Winters's needless push on Holt following a deep
cross from Macpherson.
At the end Durrant recieved a standing ovation for the part he played in his
side's 4-0 win.