Kilmarnock: Supporters' jeers give manager Kenny Shiels heart

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels believes supporters' booing at the end of the home defeat to Hearts shows the progress made at Rugby Park.

John Sutton scored an early goal to give the visitors the points after Killie took time to find their stride.

"To get booed off at the end was brilliant," said Shiels. "It makes me feel so good because it's testament to how far we've come.

"It's frustration and I understand it," added the Ayrshire side's manager.

The hosts were caught napping within 10 minutes as Sutton got his eighth goal of the season - a simple finish from a few yards out.

He had benefited from Michael Ngoo's centre, who had collected Ryan Stevenson's long pass and easily cut inside Killie centre-back Mo Sissoko to provide Sutton's assist.

It was the first time Kilmarnock have lost to Hearts this season.

"I was disappointed," said Shiels.

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"Everybody starts at three o'clock and he [Sissoko] starts at ten past. He deserves criticism - he went to sleep.

"A lot of people thought it was offside but I don't know."

The poor first-half Killie performance prompted two half-time changes from Shiels; Borja Perez and young winger Chris Johnstone tasked with injecting some life.

Shiels added: "There were some good performances today from the development players. You can see what the future holds for our club.

"I thought in the second half we did well. We looked the better team. But Hearts dug in and worked hard to get the result."

The final ten minutes were Kilmarnock's best. Kris Boyd almost rescued a point via a header he put over and a close-range effort which Jamie MacDonald saved.

"The shape in the second half was much better. We created chances for the forwards but we just didn't finish," said Shiels.

"You get days like that. Unfortunately we just didn't get the rubs, but we've gone to Tynecastle and won and got the rubs.

Highlights - Killmarnock 0-1 Hearts

"In life in general, you need to take defeats on the chin."

A crowd of 3572 took in this match and Shiels felt the attendance was hampered by the game being scheduled alongside the Scottish Grand National.

"I think the biggest day in the racing calendar is 15 minutes from here and it had an impact on the crowd," he said.

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