Scottish Premiership
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Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Kilmarnock

Hearts missed two attempts from the penalty spot but held on for a scruffy victory over Kilmarnock at Tynecastle.

Jamie Walker saw his early spot-kick pushed on to a post by Jamie MacDonald but the ball fell back to the winger to chip home.

Sam Nicholson hit an upright with a header as Hearts were pushed back and relied on counter-attacks.

A second penalty for the hosts brought another MacDonald save, with Abiola Duada's weak effort kept out.

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The defeat leaves Kilmarnock in second bottom spot, eight points ahead of Dundee United, who won at Ross County.

For Hearts, it was a welcome victory following back-to-back defeats.

The game's only goal arrived after seven minutes along with an element of controversy.

Prince Buaben latched on to a long through ball inside the Killie box and was poised to shoot before he was bundled to the ground by Stuart Findlay.

It looked a certain red card for the defender but referee Don Robertson opted for a yellow after awarding the penalty.

MacDonald did well to get a hand to Walker's effort but was helpless to prevent the rebound going in as the ricochet off the woodwork favoured the hosts.

Kilmarnock ought to have scored before then when Josh Magennis played in Craig Slater but, from just 10 yards, the visiting midfielder pulled his effort wide.

There was a debut for Julien Faubert, the former West Ham and Real Madrid midfielder who joined Killie in midweek, when he replaced the injured Mark O'Hara.

And the Frenchman was given a quick introduction to the frantic nature of the Scottish game, with play roaring from end to end.

Hearts defender Callum Paterson was well placed to clear a Conrad Balatoni header off the line and on the breakaway Dauda set up Gavin Reilly, but MacDonald again denied his former club.

As half time approached MacDonald was again called into action, palming away an Alim Ozturk free-kick then diving low to deny Nicholson as the winger cut in from the left to fire in a shot.

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald
MacDonald performed well against his old team but ended up on the losing side

Nicholson came within inches of doubling Hearts advantage three minutes into the second half.

Walker delivered a teasing cross from the right with Nicholson leaping above Lee Hodson but, although his header beat MacDonald, it crashed off the inside of a post and rolled along the line before being cleared.

Hearts then were handed the opportunity to wrap up the points with 10 minutes left with their second penalty of the day - their 15th of the season.

From a corner, Igor Rossi's goal-bound header came off the arm of Magennis.

Dauda took this one and MacDonald again saved low to his left, with his team-mates able to scramble the ball away to safety.

New Killie boss Lee Clark brought on veteran striker Kris Boyd as they attempted to find an equaliser but despite pushing hard late on they could not find a way through a stubborn Hearts defence.

Juanma should have snuffed out any chance of a Killie comeback when he raced clean through in stoppage time but the substitute striker delayed his effort and allowed the chasing defenders to recover.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2PatersonSubstituted forAugustynat 76'minutes
  • 5Ozturk
  • 24Souttar
  • 18Rossi
  • 7WalkerBooked at 77mins
  • 16Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 8BuabenBooked at 58minsSubstituted forCowieat 62'minutes
  • 11Nicholson
  • 20ReillySubstituted forDelgado Lloriaat 68'minutes
  • 25Dauda

Substitutes

  • 4Augustyn
  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 19Delgado Lloria
  • 21Cowie
  • 44Zanatta

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 14O'HaraSubstituted forFaubertat 29'minutes
  • 5FindlayBooked at 7mins
  • 26Balatoni
  • 22McHattie
  • 19SlaterSubstituted forBoydat 65'minutes
  • 29Dicker
  • 27Hodson
  • 23Kiltie
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 28MagennisBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 9Boyd
  • 11Higginbotham
  • 13Brennan
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 20Carrick
  • 36Faubert
  • 39Frizzell
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
16,354

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away10
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Kilmarnock 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Kilmarnock 0.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Igor Rossi.

Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock).

Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Alim Ozturk.

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty saved! Abiola Dauda (Heart of Midlothian) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Penalty conceded by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt missed. Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by John Souttar.

Booking

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Alim Ozturk.

Attempt blocked. Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Igor Rossi.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Blazej Augustyn replaces Callum Paterson because of an injury.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Don Cowie.

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) because of an injury.

Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock).

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Juanma replaces Gavin Reilly.

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Hodson (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Craig Slater.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Don Cowie replaces Prince Buaben.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic27195370224862
2Aberdeen27175546301656
3Hearts26138547262147
4St Johnstone27106114244-236
5Ross County28113144246-436
6Dundee2781184042-235
7Inverness CT268993437-333
8Motherwell2895143344-1132
9Partick Thistle2587102531-631
10Hamilton2879123248-1630
11Kilmarnock2877142949-2028
12Dundee Utd2755172950-2120
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