Mixu Paatelainen heaped more misery on his former club Hibernian as Kilmarnock knocked them out the Co-operative Insurance Cup with the help of Jamie Hamill's double in a 3-1 win.
Two goals in three second-half minutes from Hamill and David Silva sent Paatelainen's Ayrshire side into the quarter-finals and nullified controversy over Willie Collum's decision to reverse a first-half penalty award for the hosts.
Paatelainen's successor, John Hughes, had appealed to the Hibs fans to back the team after they were booed off following Saturday's home draw against Hamilton and they were cheering in the eighth minute when Jonathan Grounds netted. Kilmarnock charged down three attempted shots outside their box but that left a gap brilliantly exploited by the composed Liam Miller, who laid the ball into the path of on-loan Middlesbrough defender to fire into the far corner.
Hibs had a huge let-off in the 24th minute after Collum instantly pointed to the spot when Sol Bamba went to ground and brought down Conor Sammon as they chased a through ball. But, after a discussion with fourth official Bobby Madden and assistant Martin Cryans on the halfway line, the referee gave a corner.
The reprieve lasted just five minutes, though. Sammon turned his man in the box after collecting Ben Gordon's low cross and Hamill slid the ball into the corner after Mark Brown had saved well from the Irishman.
Kilmarnock went ahead in the 71st minute when Harry Forrester was fouled by Francis Dickoh, who slid in needlessly, and Hamill tucked the penalty into the corner. The hosts soon finished the tie in the 74th minute when Silva cut inside from the left wing and fired a low shot that Brown let in at his near post despite getting a hand to it to continue a miserable run for the visitors, who have now won just four times in 26 matches.