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Summary

  1. Cal Roberts and Kris Boyd go close for Killie
  2. Kris Boyd back for Kilmarnock
  3. Hearts look to cut gap to St Johnstone

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All times stated are UK

Killie closer to safety, Hearts' Euro hopes dented

FT: Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

A point apiece then at Rugby Park and Kilmarnock now have a six-point cushion between themselves and the relegation play-off spot. 

For Hearts, they are now four points behind St Johnstone in the race for fourth spot but now having played a game more. If Saints beat Aberdeen tomorrow you would have to think Hearts will be unable to catch them.

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'A draw is not a disaster'

FT: Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro on BBC Radio Scotland: “A point isn’t acceptable because it’s not what we wanted. 

"We’re disappointed that we’ve not managed to get the win. On reflection maybe we have to accept it given the way the game panned out towards the end. Initially we controlled the match but didn’t create enough chances.  We didn’t have any threat in the final third. 

"Second half we had a couple of chances which I would expect to normally go in and I’m sure the guys involved will say the same. But today they didn’t. 

"There’s not tremendous confidence levels there but we’re building those things. A 0-0 away from home we can’t consider a disaster but we are disappointed.”

Ian Cathro
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'We could've nicked it'

FT: Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Kilmarnock interim manager Lee McCulloch on BBC Radio Scotland: "We possibly could have snatched all three points the way the game finished. 

"We were nowhere near good enough in the first half, got away with one there. That’s probably the worst we’ve played in that first half, but great character shown from the players in the second-half to put on a performance like that. 

"Maybe unlucky not to nick it in the end.”

Lee McCulloch
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'Hearts need more hunger'

FT: Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

"If Hearts want to qualify for Europe they need to show a lot more hunger, tempo and initiative."

BBC Sportsound pundit Mixu Paatelainen

FULL-TIME Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

The second half was much more lively but despite some good chances for both sides nobody could find a winner.

St Johnstone will be pleased with that result as they can put some more daylight between themselves and Hearts when they play Aberdeen tomorrow.

Kilmarnock put another point on the board as the look to secure their Premiership status.

CHANCE!

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Wonderful play from Jordan Jones wide on the left as he engineers a yard of space and delivers a wicked in-swinging cross towards Kris Boyd but on the stretch he can't direct his header on target.

Time running out....

Boyd blasts it

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Is that the last chance of the game?

A free-kick right on the edge of the Hearts box. Kris Boyd takes a big run and fires in an absolute piledrives but it is a yard past the post.

Fierce strike but probably should have hit the target from there.

CLOSE!

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Moha El Ouriachi Choulay drives down the left, cuts inside and squares for Esma Goncalves whose shot is deflected just wide of the post.

A minute later the striker looks set to finish from 6 yards but as he dummies the defender the ball gets away from him and the chance is gone.

Substitution

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Kilmarnock's birthday boy Cal Roberts is taken off, with Adam Frizzell his replacement.

CHANCE!

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Just moments after replacing Jamie Walker, Malaury Martin breaks into the box and has a clear sight of goal but he scuffs his effort at Freddie Woodman.

Really good chance for the substitute.

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Alexandros Tziolis wins possession on halfway and tries an ambitious effort from way down town but it sails well wide. 

Up for grabs

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

It's descended into a bit of a messy affair after spells of pressure from both sides.

10 minutes to go. Who has the desire to go on and win this game?

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland at Rugby Park

When Hearts winger Moha Choulay came on as a sub a short time ago he had a couple of written notes to take on with him to captain Perry Kitchen.

Easter greetings or tactical advice?

McPhee the author?

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Tam McManus and our own John Barnes taking issue with the stream of notes being passed by Hearts assistant Austin McPhee to the players on the pitch.....

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Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Jamie Walker turns on the edge of the box and tries one with the left foot but it is easy pickings for Killie keeper Freddie Woodman.

Hearts have claimed the initiative after a spell of Killie pressure.

Changes for both teams

Both teams make changes as they search for a winner. Greg Kiltie comes on for the home side, replacing Sean Longstaff

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro brings off Don Cowie and sends on Choulay.

CLOSE!

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Alexandros Tziolis picks out Esma Goncalves with a lovely cross but the striker's header lacks power and is easily saved by Freddie Woodman.

Moments later Arnaud Djoum tries his luck from long range but it is straight down the Killie keeper's throat. 

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Allan Preston

BBC Scotland summariser at Rugby Park

"Arnaud Djoum's attempted cross-field pass was 50 yards off target!"

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You're missing out. The second half is beginning to liven up.

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YELLOW CARD

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Krystian Nowak is yellow carded for a late challenge on Kilmarnock's Iain Wilson.

CLOSE!

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Best chance of the game so far.

Corner is whipped in from the left and bounces up towards Gary Dicker. He nods the ball down to Kris Boyd 12 yards out but he lashes his volley high and wide.

A striker of his calibre will feel he really should have done better with that.

Killie well on top at the moment.

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland at Rugby Park

Kilmarnock looking like they want to give their home fans more to shout about at the start of this second half - Dean Hawkshaw and Sean Longstaff with efforts.

Young Hearts striker Rory Currie is on for Hearts in place of Prince Buaben, who seems to have a groin injury. But this will surely make the visitors more attacking.

Sight of goal for Boyd

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Kris Boyd peels away at the back post to get on the end of a cross from wide on the right but he can only direct his header well wide of the post.

Allan Preston

BBC Scotland summariser at Rugby Park

"Killie have come flying out the traps in this second half. They've caught Hearts cold."

Killie cooking with gas

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Lee McCulloch will be pleased with the injection of urgency in his side at the start of the second half.

Dean Hawkshaw is released down the right flank, crosses low towards Kris Boyd and only excellent cover-defending from Liam Smith snuffs out the chance.

CLOSE!

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Perhaps a statement of intent from Killie?

Cal Roberts receives a delightful back-heel from Dean Hawkshaw and fires towards goal but his effort is into the side-netting.

More positive from the home side though.

KICK-OFF

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

The second half is under way.

Where's the excitement?

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

I really hope we have eight goals in this second half so Adam changes his mind!

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Sloppiness the order of the day

HT: Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland at Rugby Park

In the last 15 minutes of that first half, sloppiness well and truly took over. Let's hope the second half is the polar opposite of this one in terms of action!

HALF-TIME Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Was that really only 45 minutes?

Let's hopes Messrs McCulloch and Cathro have some rockets ready to deliver to these teams at half-time because that was poor fare in that opening period.

Neither of these sides are in a position to turn their nose up at three points so let's hope we see some more attacking ambition after the break.

Early change

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Kilmarnock make an early change. Dean Hawkshaw replaces Martin Smith who limps off with an injury.

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

A free-kick is floated into the Hearts box and the ball drops to Kristoffer Ajer six yards out but before he can finish the whistle blows for a foul from the Killie defender.

Not a classic by any stretch of the imagination.

Tidy but dull

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland at Rugby Park

Both teams are linking together some nice passes but very little is leading to goalmouth action.

Hearts assistant head coach Austin McPhee keeps telling his side's rearguard to "go diagonal".

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

The main talking point of the game so far was when Hearts' Arnaud Djoum went down in the box. Was it a penalty?

Arnaud Djoum
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CLOSE!

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Nice build-up from Killie and Sean Longstaff drives at the defence before pinging an effort from 25 yards that sails a couple of yards over the crossbar.

Encouraging from the home side.

Kilmarnock's Sean Longstaff and Hearts' Perry Kitchen
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Kilmarnock's Sean Longstaff and Hearts' Perry Kitchen

Buaben blocked

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

A nice corner routine from Hearts sees the ball rolled across the edge the box towards Prince Buaben but his shot at goal is blocked.

If ever a game needed a goal.....

Ouch!

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Cal Roberts has just made a block with a part of the body that no man should put in the way of a football travelling at pace. He's buckled in two as he waits for the pain to pass.

When it does Jamie Walker's corner is too deep and sails over the area without troubling anybody in the home defence.

Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts

Jonatan Johansson, who scored against both of these clubs as a player for Rangers, and also against the Jambos while at St Johnstone, is in the stand watching tonight's game after taking up the post of Rangers assistant manager.

Jonatan Johansson
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