Scottish Premiership
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Kilmarnock 1-0 Heart of Midlothian

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Highlights: Kilmarnock 1-0 Heart of Midlothian

Steve Clarke says Kilmarnock have "come a long way in such a short space of time" after their 1-0 defeat of Hearts.

Lee Erwin's early goal was enough to give Killie the win, with Kris Boyd, Youssouf Mulumbu and Stuart Findlay also threatening for the hosts.

The Rugby Park side finished fifth with their biggest Premiership points tally of 59 - 10 points clear of Hearts.

"It's a great accolade for me personally, but for the club it's a bigger thing," said manager Clarke.

"It shows we've come a long way in such a short space of time. But credit to the players, they make my job easy and we've done okay."

Hearts' final game of the season was a vision of the future with a list of injuries and suspensions meaning manager Craig Levein had to load his squad with youngsters.

Debutants Chris Hamilton and Cameron Logan joined Lewis Moore - with 10 teenagers in Levein's squad of 18.

Referee Stephen Finnie and his assistant Stephen Mitchell were on their last call as match officials.

Craig Levein and Steve Clarke
Levein and Clarke enjoyed top-half finishes in the Scottish Premiership

Kilmarnock were rewarded for their early influence on the game. Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton got something on Erwin's shot, but the ball spun in the air and bounced in at his left post.

It was an entertaining game in a relaxed atmosphere in the Ayrshire sunshine and there were chances galore. Playmaker Mulumbu in the middle of the park for Killie was a joy to watch.

Killie should have won by more, but a series of incredible saves by keeper Hamilton combined with some bad decision making in front of goal kept it to a single goal victory.

Boyd in particular could have added to his 18 league goals - failing to get his head to Erwin's first-half cross and a brilliant save denying him on the volley late on.

Clarke, who took charge of a struggling Kilmarnock side in October, commented afterwards: "The expectations have been raised. That's what happens in football.

"There's always people who want to knock you down and take you down a peg or two. Hopefully, we can achieve at least what we did this year, if not better."

And Levein said in his post-match media conference: "It was a hard day for us and I'm delighted for them, particularly the guys making their debuts.

"There was part of me fearing it could be sore but Jack Hamilton made three really, really good saves when we needed him. We got away with one but all credit to the boys. It will do them the world of good."

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 16Boyd
  • 17Findlay
  • 12TaylorBooked at 49mins
  • 27Tshibola
  • 20WilsonSubstituted forBurkeat 78'minutes
  • 24Mulumbu
  • 10KiltieSubstituted forBrophyat 55'minutes
  • 9BoydSubstituted forCameronat 90+1'minutes
  • 22Erwin

Substitutes

  • 4Greer
  • 13Mackay
  • 25Brophy
  • 26Simpson
  • 28Spencer
  • 29Burke
  • 31Cameron

Hearts

  • 13Hamilton
  • 55LoganSubstituted forMakovoraat 65'minutes
  • 5Hughes
  • 48HamiltonBooked at 58mins
  • 33Moore
  • 15Cowie
  • 47CochraneSubstituted forSmithat 44'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 20Callachan
  • 46McDonaldSubstituted forHendersonat 73'minutes
  • 9Lafferty
  • 11Milinkovic

Substitutes

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 25Currie
  • 43Henderson
  • 44Ritchie
  • 50Smith
  • 53Ward
  • 54Makovora
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
6,273

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Lewis Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Innes Cameron replaces Kris Boyd.

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

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Jack Hamilton.

Attempt saved. Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Lewis Moore.

Attempt blocked. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Lewis Moore.

Attempt saved. Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Leeroy Makovora (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Leeroy Makovora (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Attempt blocked. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Jack Hamilton.

Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Don Cowie.

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

Foul by Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Burke replaces Iain Wilson.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Chris Hamilton.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

Foul by Scott Boyd (Kilmarnock).

Leeroy Makovora (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Euan Henderson replaces Anthony McDonald.

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

Foul by Leeroy Makovora (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Ross Callachan (Heart of Midlothian).

Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock).

Anthony McDonald (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Chris Hamilton.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic382410473254882
2Aberdeen38227956371973
3Rangers382171076502670
4Hibernian381813762461667
5Kilmarnock381611114947259
6Hearts381213133939049
7Motherwell38139164349-648
8St Johnstone381210164253-1146
9Dundee38116213657-2139
10Hamilton3896234768-2133
11Partick Thistle3889213161-3033
12Ross County38611214062-2229
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