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Partick Thistle’s trip to Rugby Park was one the fans will be keen to forget as Kilmarnock knotched up their biggest win of the season.
The visitors came close to scoring in the 14th minute when Thistle striker Kris Doolan should have made it one nil. Steven Lawless’s drive from the edge of the box was only parried by goalkeeper Craig Samson but Doolan’s effort from six yards out was straight at the goalkeeper.
The Jags were to pay for this wasteful use of energy when the hosts took the lead after 25 minutes.
Former England under-20 international Tope Obadeyi met Barbour’s deep delivery from the right to net his second goal of the season.
After being welcomed back into the starting line-up for this match, Thistle’s Ryan Stevenson nearly produced a terrific equaliser.
The former Hearts and Ayr United man hit a 25-yard rasping drive that smacked the frame of the goal.
One major worry for Thistle was the condition of Kallum Higginbotham, who was taken off at half-time and appeared in the stands shortly after with crutches by his side.
After the break Kilmarnock set about snuffing out any hopes the Jags had of rescuing an away point.
A bullet header by captain Manuel Pascali put Kilmarnock two ahead after the Italian rose up to convert Eremenko’s corner kick.
The Russian-born Finn was sent off against St Johnstone in the midweek League Cup defeat but would play a crucial role in Kilmarnock’s third goal, too.
Eremenko found an unmarked Obadeyi on the edge of the box and the former Bolton man drilled in at the near post to score his second of the game past Scott Fox.
Thistle: Fox, Carroll, McMillan, Seaborne (Muirhead, 37), Balatoni, Bannigan, Osman, Higginbotham (Elliott, 45), Lawless (Eccleston, 58), Stevenson, Doolan , subs not used: O’Donnell, Craigen, Gallacher, Wilson.