in Match Reports December 5, 2018
A double from Greg Stewart sent Killie top of the Scottish Premiership with a 2-0 home triumph over Livingston.
Stewart was quickest to react to head home Chris Burke's corner after just three minutes to give Steve Clarke's men the perfect start.
And he added a second goal after 20 minutes following a quick Killie counter attack to secure the points on Gary Holt's Rugby Park return.
Our three points combined with Rangers' home defeat to Aberdeen and Celtic's away draw with Motherwell was enough to see Killie top of the league ahead of our weekend trip to Celtic Park.
Chris Burke was the only change from Saturday's 3-0 win over Hibernian with Rory McKenzie dropping to the bench.
And Burke made an early impact as his set play found Stewart at the near pst and Liam Kelly couldn't keep the effort out.
Greg Taylor and Chris Burke both tested Kelly with well-struck efforts before the second goal arrived.
After securing possession, Alan Power lofted a wonderful through ball in the direction of Stewart and he drove towards the penalty area before dispatching his shot beyond Kelly and into the net.
Gary Dicker was making his 100th appearance for Killie and after mopping up everything in midfield, he moved into a central defensive position after Kirk Broadfoot was forced off following a collision with goalkeeper Dan Bachmann.
Livingston gave a better account of themselves in the second period with Killie adjusting to Broadfoot's absence and the change of personnel but the home side dug in and defended well.
Jordan Jones was at the heart of Killie's breaks forward and he saw a curling effort drift past the post following a strong run down the left wing.
News of Motherwell's late goal led to scenes of joy around the stadium as the reality hit that Killie would head to the home of the champions sitting top of the tree.
That's an early Christmas gift to savour for however long it lasts.
Kilmarnock: Bachmann; O'Donnell, Broadfoot (Tshibola), S.Boyd, Taylor; Power, Dicker, Burke, Jones, Stewart (Ndjoli), Brophy (Wilson)