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Thursday 27 Dec 2018
Boys across the water - Winger Jordan Jones on target to sink Stephen Robinson's men

Kilmarnock moved up into third spot in the Scottish Premiership after Jordan Jones’ first goal of the season secured all three points at Motherwell on Boxing Day. 

The only goal of the game came six minutes from the interval when Jones’ cross-shot sailed into the net for the 24-year-old’s first goal for the club since last February. 

Killie now move up to third in the Scottish Premiership table and after the victory Killie boss Steve Clarke said: “I'm pretty sure Jordan will tell you it was a shot. As soon as he hit it, (Kilmarnock assistant manager) Alex Dyer said to me 'that's a goal'. He was right.

“Jordan said he saw the goalkeeper a little off his line and curled it back post. Whether it was a cross or a shot is pretty irrelevant.”

Also on target yesterday was the prolific Billy Kee who, after providing an assist for Accrington Stanley’s opening goal against Shrewsbury Town, hit the winner to record his eighth goal of the season. 

In the Premier League, Jonny Evans was again an unused substitute as Leicester City inflicted a second successive defeat upon Manchester City while Craig Cathcart played his 20th game of the season for Watford who went down 2-1 at home to Chelsea. 

Midfielder Paddy McNair was given a rare start by Middlesbrough who dropped down to fifth in the Championship following their 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. 

Left-back Jamal Lewis, 20, was involved in a thriller with Norwich City who came back from 3-0 down at home to Nottingham Forest to earn a point with a 98th-minute equaliser. 

Former Rangers midfielder Jordan Thompson was given a straight red-card just half-an-hour into Blackpool’s 2-1 reverse at Rochdale in League One. The 21-year-old was dismissed after he reacted to a challenge from former Northern Ireland under-21 midfielder Callum Camps.  

“Jordan shouldn’t do what he did; he shouldn’t react,” said Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips, “He’s got to learn from that because it’s cost us.

“He’s a good player so he’s going to get kicked - but he actually got stamped on; I’ve seen it back.

“The referee booked him, which I don’t get. You don’t book someone for a stamp, you send him off.

“So that’s why Jordan reacted the way he did, which he shouldn’t have done, but at the end of the day they both should have saw red.”