Scottish Premiership
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Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Kilmarnock

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland
Kilmarnock's Conrad Balatoni (centre) celebrates his equaliser
Balatoni (centre) equalised for Kilmarnock

Former Hearts defender Conrad Balatoni secured a share of the points as Gary Locke also returned to Tynecastle in charge of Kilmarnock.

The home side led at the break when Jamie Walker scored from the spot after Balatoni had brought down Osman Sow.

But Balatoni made up for that in the closing minutes with a drive from the edge of the penalty area.

And Hearts had striker Gavin Reilly sent off late on after having a kick out at Steven Smith.

Hearts had the majority of the pressure, with former Tynecastle favourite Jamie MacDonald pulling off a number of outstanding saves in the visitors' goal.

Both defences were coping relatively easily with whatever the opposing attacks could throw at them.

That was until five minutes before the break when Balatoni made a rash challenge on Sow when the striker was just a yard inside the 18-yard box and wide of goal.

Walker stepped up and hammered the ball straight down the middle beyond MacDonald to give Hearts the lead.

The home side then had a spate of chances, with Sam Nicholson going close on three separate occasions only to be denied by the excellent Killie goalkeeper.

Hearts' Jamie Walker celebrates scoring from the penalty spot
Jamie Walker put Hearts 1-0 ahead from the penalty spot in the first half

Into the second half and a warning for Hearts when Stuart Findlay was allowed a free header from eight yards out that flew just over the crossbar.

Hearts were keen to have Nicholson on the ball at all times and the young winger was causing havoc in the Killie defence whenever he was going forward.

Locke introduced Kris Boyd and Rory McKenzie in an attempt to get back into the game as the visitors pushed hard for the equaliser.

The Rugby Park side always looked dangerous and equalised with 10 minutes left.

Hearts' defence failed to clear the ball from their box and Balatoni made up for his earlier mistake when he drilled the ball home from 12 yards out.

Into the first of five added on minutes, the home side were reduced to 10 men.

Reilly was pulled down by Smith, who was booked for the challenge, but the Hearts striker had kicked out at the Kilmarnock defender and referee John Beaton showed him the red card.

Hearts are now without a league win since August as Kilmarnock grabbed a point that could be crucial later in the season.

Line-ups

Hearts

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 4Augustyn
  • 18Rossi
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 11Nicholson
  • 6GomisBooked at 82mins
  • 8Buaben
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forReillyat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Delgado LloriaBooked at 17mins
  • 10SowSubstituted forSwansonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 16Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 20Reilly
  • 22McGhee
  • 23Swanson
  • 28Smith

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21MacDonald
  • 14O'HaraBooked at 45mins
  • 5Findlay
  • 26Balatoni
  • 22McHattieBooked at 83mins
  • 4HamillBooked at 54minsSubstituted forBoydat 71'minutes
  • 19Slater
  • 23Kiltie
  • 11HigginbothamSubstituted forSmithat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16ObadeyiBooked at 37minsSubstituted forMcKenzieat 60'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 1Ridgers
  • 3Smith
  • 7McKenzie
  • 9Boyd
  • 17Splaine
  • 24Syme
  • 39Frizzell
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
16,461

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away6
Fouls
Home23
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Kilmarnock 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Steven Smith.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).

  6. Dismissal

    Gavin Reilly (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  7. Booking

    Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Gavin Reilly (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian).

  11. Post update

    Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian).

  14. Post update

    Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gavin Reilly replaces Jamie Walker.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock).

  18. Post update

    Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).