Scottish Premiership
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Kilmarnock 4-2 Heart of Midlothian

By Paul MitchellBBC Sport at Rugby Park

Kris Boyd took his personal tally against Hearts to six for the season as Kilmarnock earned their third straight victory against the Tynecastle side.

Boyd's brace of strikes put Killie in control after the break.

Earlier, Dale Carrick's lob had cancelled out Danny Wilson's own goal to draw Hearts level.

Sam Nicholson brought the visitors back into the match at 3-2 but Michael Gardyne settled Killie's nerves.

Allan Johnston's side move up to eighth in the table - four points clear of second-bottom Ross County. Hearts remain 20 points adrift at the bottom, now with only nine fixtures to play.

Hearts defenders failed to learn from previous games and had no answer to Boyd.

However, an early Ryan Stevenson shot went wide as Hearts attempted to start quickly and put pressure on the home side, who came into the match without a win in five games.

Killie caused Hearts a problem when a Manuel Pascali header was almost met by fellow centre-half Lee Ashcroft but goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald intervened just in time.

The opening goal came as a result of a quick move by Kilmarnock with Rory McKenzie showing good pace on the right and firing a low cross that was diverted into the net by Wilson.

Hearts have been often down this season but they have retained a willing spirit and this was typified by their equaliser.

Ashcroft attempted to shepherd the ball back to the outrushing Craig Samson but Carrick snuck in to dig the ball over the keeper from the right edge of the area and into the unguarded goal.

It was all square at half-time but just six minutes into the second half the home side had scored twice and Hearts suddenly looked second best.

Boyd robbed Jamie Hamill on the edge of the box and coolly worked his way through the Hearts defence to place the ball beyond MacDonald.

And the hosts were celebrating again after Dylan McGowan failed to turn away a low cross and Boyd pounced to send the ball high into the net for his third double against Hearts this season.

Hearts substitute Billy King set up Nicholson to score with a low drive.

However, the visitors' hopes of a comeback were ended when Gardyne scored his first Kilmarnock goal. His initial shot struck the bar but Hearts could not clear and Gardyne neatly steered in Jeroen Tesselaar's return cross.

Boyd had his hat-trick hunt thwarted on several occasions but he will take satisfaction in again being the main difference between the sides.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 26O'HaraBooked at 53mins
  • 2Tesselaar
  • 28Slater
  • 29Pascali
  • 30Ashcroft
  • 16Clohessy
  • 18McKenzieBooked at 35minsSubstituted forNicholsonat 66'minutes
  • 9Boyd
  • 25GardyneSubstituted forMuirheadat 85'minutes
  • 14Moberg-KarlssonBooked at 73minsSubstituted forGrosat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Nicholson
  • 10Johnston
  • 11Gros
  • 12Reguero Chapinal
  • 20Eremenko
  • 22Maksimenko
  • 33Muirhead

Hearts

  • 1MacDonald
  • 30McGheeBooked at 69minsSubstituted forMcKayat 86'minutes
  • 3McHattieBooked at 22mins
  • 8Robinson
  • 4Wilson
  • 5McGowan
  • 12PatersonSubstituted forKingat 55'minutes
  • 2HamillSubstituted forMcCallumat 61'minutes
  • 18Carrick
  • 7Stevenson
  • 28Nicholson

Substitutes

  • 9McCallum
  • 13Ridgers
  • 15Holt
  • 16McKay
  • 18King
  • 29Oliver
  • 31Beith
Referee:
Euan Norris
Attendance:
3,510

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 4, Hearts 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 4, Hearts 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dale Carrick (Hearts).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. William Gros replaces David Moberg-Karlsson.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Hearts. Brad McKay replaces Jordan McGhee.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Robbie Muirhead replaces Michael Gardyne.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

  10. Post update

    Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Danny Wilson (Hearts).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Paul McCallum.

  13. Post update

    David Moberg-Karlsson (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

  16. Post update

    Jordan McGhee (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kevin McHattie (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28243168145475
2Aberdeen28173840261454
3Motherwell2816394643351
4Dundee Utd27128749321744
5Inverness CT2613583326744
6St Johnstone27105123431335
7Hibernian2889112835-733
8Kilmarnock2986153749-1230
9St Mirren2876152744-1727
10Partick Thistle28511122945-1626
11Ross County2875163350-1726
12Hearts2956182554-296
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