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Heart of Midlothian 4-0 Kilmarnock

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Highlights: Hearts 4-0 Kilmarnock

Hearts comfortably dispatched Kilmarnock to register Ian Cathro's first win as head coach.

Callum Paterson put Hearts in front with a splendid volley before he was forced off with a knee injury.

Arnaud Djoum prodded home Liam Smith's cross from close range to double the home side's advantage before half-time.

Jamie Walker's double after the break made the game safe, with Dario Zanatta's late penalty miss inconsequential for Cathro's men.

Evolution under Cathro

Cathro insisted there would no radical changes when he succeeded Robbie Neilson, but the team is now beginning to look more like a reflection of his coaching style.

The onus is on trying to control the game - an outcome that remains beyond the side's reach while individual defenders continue to suffer moments of rashness at critical moments - and there has also been a change of shape.

With Krystian Nowak playing as a holding midfielder, and dropping back into defence when needed, the Hearts full-backs can push forward to provide attacking width.

Ian Cathro
Ian Cathro claimed his first win as Hearts head coach in his fourth game in charge

The security provided by Nowak, and the hard-working Perry Kitchen, also allows Djoum to drift between midfield and a supporting role around the lone striker, Bjorn Johnsen, and Walker to flit around looking for pockets of space.

There is still no overstating the importance of Paterson, though. Not only did he open the scoring with a volley, the team looked badly affected when he had to be replaced because of injury midway through the first half.

Djoum's goal, just before half-time, allowed the home side to be more self-assured and he finished well inside the area from Smith's cross. On a rare foray forward, Nowak also hit a post late in the game with a curling effort.

Walker impresses

Walker came to prominence after the interval with a display of poise and quick-wittedness. He had already skewed one shot wide and had another effort blocked by Will Boyle before he scored his first goal.

That came through good instincts, since he was well-placed to pounce on the rebound when Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie Macdonald pushed away a long-range Prince Buaben shot.

The attacking midfielder scored his second goal when Boyle was short with a pass-back and Walker coolly slipped the ball past Macdonald. He received a standing ovation when he was replaced before the end.

Arnaud Djoum
Arnaud Djoum celebrates after putting Hearts 2-0 up

Kilmarnock woes

The visitors were well beaten in the end although never eased up on their competitive nature. Individuals suffered difficult nights, though, with Kris Boyd's every touch booed by the home support after his recent public criticisms of Cathro.

Boyd was unruffled by being targeted, although he was infuriated at times by his team-mates' failure to back up his pressing of the Hearts centre-backs.

Boyle suffered an even more uncomfortable night. He was booked in the first half after fouling Johnsen and was fortunate not to be sent off just before the interval for a crude challenge on Buaben.

Even when Kilmarnock did threaten, their most prolific player, Souleymane Coulibaly, could not find his range and he swept a Steven Smith cross over the bar.

It was a night to forget for the visitors and Gary Dicker was judged to have fouled Zanatta in the closing stages, but Macdonald managed to save the Canadian's spot kick.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2PatersonSubstituted forSmithat 15'minutes
  • 14Souttar
  • 4Rossi
  • 3Rherras
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 6Kitchen
  • 19Nowak
  • 8BuabenSubstituted forMuirheadat 65'minutes
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forZanattaat 77'minutes
  • 20Johnsen

Substitutes

  • 5Ozturk
  • 13Noring
  • 18Sammon
  • 23Muirhead
  • 24Smith
  • 26Zanatta
  • 32Watt

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 24Taylor
  • 36Wilson
  • 5BoyleBooked at 30minsSubstituted forWebbat 72'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 3Smith
  • 18Adams
  • 8Dicker
  • 6SmithSubstituted forJonesat 57'minutes
  • 19Coulibaly
  • 12Tyson
  • 9BoydSubstituted forHawkshawat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Webb
  • 11Jones
  • 20Bojaj
  • 21Frizzell
  • 31Mackay
  • 33Hawkshaw
  • 44Cameron
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
16,696

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Kilmarnock 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Kilmarnock 0.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Dario Zanatta (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot is close, but misses to the left. Dario Zanatta should be disappointed.

Penalty Heart of Midlothian. Dario Zanatta draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Faycal Rherras.

Attempt missed. Robbie Muirhead (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Robbie Muirhead (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Souleymane Coulibaly (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Krystian Nowak (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Steven Smith.

Krystian Nowak (Heart of Midlothian) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Dario Zanatta replaces Jamie Walker.

Attempt saved. Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Josh Webb (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Webb (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Josh Webb replaces William Boyle.

Delay in match Krystian Nowak (Heart of Midlothian) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 4, Kilmarnock 0. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a fast break.

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Boyle (Kilmarnock).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Iain Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Robbie Muirhead replaces Prince Buaben because of an injury.

Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Bjorn Johnsen (Heart of Midlothian) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Iain Wilson.

Attempt saved. Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by William Boyle (Kilmarnock).

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

Foul by Souleymane Coulibaly (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Dean Hawkshaw replaces Kris Boyd.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Jordan Jones replaces Martin Smith.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic18171050133752
2Rangers1911532618838
3Aberdeen19104534191534
4Hearts2087538251331
5St Johnstone187652420427
6Ross County194872032-1220
7Dundee1954101826-819
8Kilmarnock204791635-1919
9Partick Thistle194692229-718
10Motherwell184592231-917
11Hamilton2021082030-1016
12Inverness CT193792335-1216
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