IT finally got to the point where Rory McKenzie had had enough. With Kilmarnock bottom of the table and winless in ten, he grabbed his phone and deleted any trace of his side's lowly position in one fell swoop. 

Whether or not he'll have allowed himself a glance at the league after Killie's impressive romp of Motherwell is another matter but the league certainly made for far prettier reading on Saturday for the Rugby Park men. 

Tommy Wright's team arrested a run of form which looked in danger of sending them down for the first time in nearly 30 years and after the game there was one overriding feeling for McKenzie. 

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"I thought I would be more excited but it’s more relief than anything," the 27-year-old said. “I’ve deleted the apps and I am just not looking at results. It’s brutal looking at it. 

"It came on Sky Sports News during the week and you look at Kilmarnock and we are bottom of the table. It’s not nice." 

One man who has certainly helped to lift the mood in Ayrshire is Kyle Lafferty, the former Rangers striker who opened the scoring and had a say in all of Killie's goals in the 4-1 rout. 

“He has so much quality," said McKenzie, who also netted in the win. "He’s added a bit of something. Nothing that can be repeated! I’ve met a few like him but he’s wild.

“He’s like a wee cheeky school kid. He gets away with things but he’s funny and brings everyone into it.

"At a time when we have been down he’s been a good person to have about and helped to lift the spirits." 

In a week dominated by another racism row, Rugby Park was thrust into the debate when Motherwell's players decided to stop taking the knee, saying they were tired of the "empty gesture". 

"It was only when I was down that I realised they weren’t doing it," McKenzie added. "We’ve not spoken about that and we will still carry it out, I think.” 

For Motherwell's Stephen O'Donnell, the result, was a timely reminder they are not clear of the relegation mire just yet. 

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“Until it’s mathematically impossible for you to go down, I don’t think there’s one team who can claim that they’re safe because we’re all capable of taking points off each other," the Scotland international said. “We need to react positively to this and I‘m sure that we will. We can still finish this campaign well but that wasn’t the case here.”