ABERDEEN recovered from their double defeat in Glasgow against Celtic and Rangers to coast to a 5-1 Premiership win over Kilmarnock at Pittodrie last night.
The Dons are now third in the table, ahead of Hearts on goal difference. They are on 27 points, two adrift of Rangers, but they have a game in hand.
A one-sided display that produced three first-half goals and two after the interval emphasised Derek McInnes’ side’s dominance over their Rugby Park rivals.
Strikes from Peter Pawlett, Anthony O’Connor and Jonny Hayes before the break floored the Ayrshire side before one from Niall McGinn and another from Hayes four minutes from time piled the misery on Killie.
Rory McKenzie’s goal late in the game was mere consolation for Lee Clark’s outfit.
Dons assistant boss Tony Doherty said: “I thought, middle to front, we were electric at times. Arguably, we could have had more, although, even at 3-0, I never thought Kilmarnock were out of it.
“The players were hurting after the Rangers defeat and had something to prove. They gave us the reaction we wanted.”There were no excuses from crestfallen Clark at the end. As he gets ready to face Motherwell at Fir Park on Saturday, he admitted: “If Mark McGhee was watching that, he’ll be rubbing his hands.”