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Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Kilmarnock

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Highlights: Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock recorded their first win under manager Steve Clarke as Adam Frizzell's late strike consigned Hearts to a third consecutive defeat.

Visiting goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald touched an Isma drive on to the outside of the post after only five minutes.

But Hearts fell out the game and Kris Boyd broke clear to fire past keeper Jon McLaughlin on the half-hour mark.

Isma hit the post again then looked to have salvaged a point with a fine curling drive until Frizzell pounced.

Hearts end their rental of Murrayfield Stadium with one win, one draw and two defeats and head back to the redeveloped Tynecastle with the boos of home fans ringing in their ears.

It was the first time Kilmarnock had found the net in three meetings with Hearts and their win ends a run of four games without a win over the Edinburgh side.

Clarke had led the Ayrshire outfit - now unbeaten in their last five games away from Rugby Park - to draws with Celtic and Rangers before a midweek defeat by Hibernian since succeeding Lee McCulloch.

And his first three points lift Kilmarnock above Partick Thistle into third bottom spot in the Scottish Premiership, only four points behind sixth-placed Hearts.

Hearts fans were on their feet in the fifth minute to pay homage to their former midfielder, Stefano Salvatori, who died in midweek.

During the appreciation, their side came close to opening the scoring when Isma forced in a shot that MacDonald did well to tip on to the post.

Kilmarnock's Kris Boyd breaks the deadlock
Kris Boyd broke the deadlock for Kilmarnock at Murrayfield

Kilmarnock slowly found their way into the game and midfielder Alan Power was instrumental in the visitors taking the lead.

After his long ball through to Boyd, the veteran striker was clinical with his finish to give Killie the lead.

Within two minutes of the second half, they almost doubled their advantage when Greg Taylor pulled his shot wide from 12 yards.

Hearts were beginning to show more urgency and MacDonald had to be quick off his line as Isma raced through on goal.

Isma looked the most likely player to score if Hearts were to get back in the game and, when he was denied for the second time by the woodwork, Kyle Lafferty could not not capitalise on the rebound.

With 15 minutes left, Hearts drew level when Isma collected the ball on the edge of the box and curled a brilliant right-foot shot into the top corner.

The Portuguese was denied again when MacDonald pulled off another wonderful save from close range.

Just when it looked as if the points would be shared, substitute Frizzell turned swiftly inside the penalty box before firing home to send the visiting fans inside the crowd of 16,347 into raptures of delight.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Smith
  • 4SouttarBooked at 39mins
  • 6Berra
  • 36Baur
  • 15CowieBooked at 78mins
  • 16RandallSubstituted forHendersonat 77'minutes
  • 20Callachan
  • 33MooreSubstituted forMilinkovicat 88'minutes
  • 9LaffertyBooked at 52minsSubstituted forStocktonat 77'minutes
  • 77Esmael GonçalvesBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 11Milinkovic
  • 13Hamilton
  • 19Nowak
  • 23Stockton
  • 30Brandon
  • 38Petkov
  • 43Henderson

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 4Greer
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 17Findlay
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forHawkshawat 90+1'minutes
  • 6Power
  • 12Taylor
  • 29BurkeSubstituted forFrizzellat 73'minutes
  • 11JonesBooked at 82mins
  • 9BoydSubstituted forErwinat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Thomas
  • 16Boyd
  • 21Frizzell
  • 22Erwin
  • 23Hawkshaw
  • 25Brophy
  • 26Bell
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
16,347

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Kilmarnock 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Kilmarnock 2.

Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock).

Euan Henderson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Dean Hawkshaw replaces Rory McKenzie.

Attempt missed. Manuel Milinkovic (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Rory McKenzie.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Stuart Findlay.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Manuel Milinkovic replaces Lewis Moore.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1, Kilmarnock 2. Adam Frizzell (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Stephen O'Donnell.

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

Booking

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock).

John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Moore (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Gordon Greer (Kilmarnock).

Booking

Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Euan Henderson replaces Connor Randall.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Cole Stockton replaces Kyle Lafferty.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1, Kilmarnock 1. Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Adam Frizzell replaces Chris Burke.

Foul by Chris Burke (Kilmarnock).

Michael Smith (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Chris Burke (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Connor Randall.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Erwin replaces Kris Boyd.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock).

Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Booking

Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic129302962330
2Aberdeen128312012827
3Hibernian137422114725
4Rangers1273227131424
5Motherwell126151815319
6Hearts134361217-515
7St Johnstone134361320-715
8Ross County134271421-714
9Hamilton133371924-512
10Kilmarnock132561119-811
11Partick Thistle132471122-1110
12Dundee132291325-128
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