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A HIGHLY controversial penalty-kick from Eamonn Brophy helped Killie rack up their fifth win out of eight and move up to third spot.

But home manager Neil McCann was left fizzing, claiming Jordan Jones had dived to win a penalty.

Killie went to Tayside in confident mood and were seeking their third successive victory.

However the hosts took a surprising lead in 10 minutes when Adil Nabi won the ball and curled a low shot into the corner of the net for his first goal for the Dark Blues.

Nabi then slipped a pass to Elton Ngwatala to sprint into the box before being beaten to the ball by Jamie MacDonald.

However, only seven minutes later it was all-square when a Jones cross took an unfortunate deflection off home central defender Andrew Boyle and spun over home goalie Elliot Parish and into the net.

Just after the break, Parish made a superb save from a netbound Brophy free-kick.

In 55 minutes, however Killie went ahead Cammy Kerr was adjudged to have clipped Jones' heels inside the box and Brophy coolly slotted home from the spot.

Then in 73 minutes, Killie were awarded another penalty when Calvin Miller barged into the back of Chris Burke but Greg Stewart's spot kick was well saved by Parish.

Killie boss Steve Clarke said later: "I knew it would be a difficult game to come after they got a boost, but I knew coming here there would be a lot more pressure on them as they hadn't won at home."

Of the second goal he said: "I only saw the wide angle, the same look as I get from the bench where it looked like it was a penalty. People say there was minimal contact."

KILMARNOCK: MacDonald; O'Donnell, Boyd, Finlay, Taylor, Burke, Tshibola (Byrne 75) Power, Jones (Enobakhare) Brophy (Dicker 72) Stewart. Subs not used: Bachmann, Boyd, Ndjoki, Wilson.

STARMAN: Greg Stewart 3

Chris Burke 2

Tshibola 1