Mixed feelings for Hearts manager Jefferies after draw

Hearts manager Jim Jefferies
Jefferies' side are edging towards clinching third place in the SPL

Hearts manager Jim Jefferies had no complaints about the way his team played against Kilmarnock but was frustrated not to win at Rugby Park.

Killie led before Hearts scored twice only for the hosts to level late on.

"Overall, it was a decent game and just one that we didn't lose but I think we had it in our hands and we threw it away," Jefferies told BBC Scotland.

"I couldn't really see us losing. We had two or three opportunities to put the game to bed and the we got sloppy."

The point takes third-place Hearts eight points clear of Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League ahead of the Tangerines' trip to Celtic Park on Sunday.

"Because of the situation we're in, we're trying to get that win and the points we're getting is just making it longer until we try and clinch it," said Jefferies.

"We have to wait and see if Celtic go and beat Dundee United - that would be an eight-point gap with three games to go, it's a lot.

"Every point's valuable and especially when it comes with everyone playing each other in the top half. They've got the Old Firm to play and so have we so it'll be interesting.

"Maybe that'll be one of the games where we're not expected to get points and we might do it when the pressure's off.

"I'm not going to complain about my team's effort. We wanted them to come down and get a win and they tried hard to get a win and they showed great response coming back from a goal behind and they just at the end of the day didn't see it out.

"Credit to Kilmarnock, they came back and took advantage of sloppy defending to equalise."

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