Scottish Premiership
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Kilmarnock 2-0 Heart of Midlothian

A Kris Boyd-inspired Kilmarnock made it two wins on the trot as Hearts were cast further adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership.

Boyd showed good composure to shoot low past Jamie MacDonald for his first goal on 16 minutes.

Callum Paterson came close to heading a Hearts equaliser after the break at a rain-lashed Rugby Park.

But Boyd showed class to cleverly lift his second strike over MacDonald and take Killie up to 10th place.

Allan Johnston's men climb above St Mirren and are now 16 points clear of Hearts, who are themselves 15 points short of the Buddies.

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Interview - Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston

Therefore, the discord at Rugby Park relents - on the pitch at least.

During the first-half, the majority of Killie fans held up red cards and shouted "we want Johnston out" in unison as a protest against their chairman Michael Johnston.

His stewardship of the club seems something they want to end no matter what results are.

With the task Gary Locke's administration-hit Jambos have this season, utilising the experience of someone like Ryan Stevenson is paramount.

The former Ipswich forward was only getting back into the swing of things since returning from a lengthy lay-off and his first-half departure due to injury was a huge blow.

Stevenson's importance was highlighted when he created the game's first chance out of nothing, curling a right foot shot from the corner of the box which Killie keeper Craig Samson clawed away.

From there, Kilmarnock settled into the match and quickly went in front.

Boyd ignored the offside shouts for the through-ball that found him and ran into the box to complete his task, which was shooting low past Hearts goalkeeper MacDonald after calmly checking inside Danny Wilson.

Having the trickery and creativity of young winger Chris Johnston back in the side is clearly a boost for Killie.

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Interview - Hearts manager Gary Locke

His approach play was almost topped off by Barry Nicholson, but the former Aberdeen midfielder's hooked effort went over the crossbar.

The hosts lost Darren Barr to a nasty looking head knock but they continued to look the most menacing as the rain teemed down before the interval.

Both Michael Gardyne and Johnston had shots well blocked in the box, the latter's by a fantastic reaction save by MacDonald.

Paterson, on for Stevenson, had chances to equalise for Hearts either side of half-time with a flick and a header.

As Killie began to turn the screw, MacDonald had to be at his best once again to beat away Sean Clohessy's near-post drive. But the pressure would soon pay off.

Boyd chested down Jeroen Tesselaar's free-kick from deep and lifted it over the onrushing MacDonald in style to give Kilmarnock a two-goal advantage.

Dale Carrick came close to immediately reducing that lead before Killie went up the park once more and Johnston's rising shot was tipped over by MacDonald.

The home side absorbed the odd attack Hearts had left to offer and, fittingly, Boyd was given a standing ovation when substituted with a couple of minutes remaining.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1SamsonBooked at 76mins
  • 16ClohessyBooked at 90mins
  • 2Tesselaar
  • 29Pascali
  • 5Irvine
  • 6BarrSubstituted forClinganat 29'minutes
  • 26O'Hara
  • 7NicholsonSubstituted forMcKenzieat 87'minutes
  • 9BoydSubstituted forMuirheadat 90'minutes
  • 25Gardyne
  • 10JohnstonBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 4Fowler
  • 8Clingan
  • 11Gros
  • 12Reguero
  • 18McKenzie
  • 30Ashcroft
  • 33Muirhead

Hearts

  • 1MacDonald
  • 30McGhee
  • 3McHattieBooked at 35mins
  • 2Hamill
  • 4Wilson
  • 16McKayBooked at 77mins
  • 8Robinson
  • 20TappingSubstituted forCarrickat 45'minutes
  • 7StevensonSubstituted forPatersonat 20'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 14Walker
  • 17SmithSubstituted forNicholsonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McGowan
  • 12Paterson
  • 13Ridgers
  • 15Holt
  • 18Carrick
  • 28Nicholson
  • 29Oliver
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
5,090

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 2, Hearts 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, Hearts 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock).

  4. Post update

    Jamie Hamill (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Robbie Muirhead replaces Kris Boyd.

  6. Booking

    Sean Clohessy (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sean Clohessy (Kilmarnock).

  8. Post update

    Sam Nicholson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Rory McKenzie replaces Barry Nicholson.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

  11. Post update

    Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Walker (Hearts).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin McHattie (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  14. Booking

    Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Jamie Walker (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock).

  17. Booking

    Brad McKay (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Booking

    Craig Samson (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Brad McKay (Hearts).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic97202081223
2Aberdeen11623148620
3Inverness CT106131610619
4Motherwell106131312119
5Dundee Utd11443168816
6Hibernian11434911-215
7Partick Thistle103431011-113
8St Johnstone103341513212
9Ross County103161119-810
10Kilmarnock112361216-49
11St Mirren10226920-118
12Hearts11227716-9-7
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