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Summary

  1. Naismith finishes off clever set piece after Clare skids in opener
  2. Jones converts penalty after Power tumbles under pressure from Berra
  3. New signings Bruce & Millar on bench for Kilmarnock
  4. Third-placed Ayrshire side on a run of five home league wins
  5. Hearts have won three of their past four Premiership games
  6. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportscot

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye and see you tomorrow!

    So the Premiership weekend begins with Kilmarnock failing to take their chance to narrow the gap with leaders Celtic as Hearts close in on the top four.

    Join us tomorrow, when it is the turn of Rangers and Aberdeen to have the opportunity to put pressure on Brendan Rodgers' side, who play on Sunday.

    Saturday's Scottish Premiership fixtures (15:00 GMT)

    Hamilton Academical v Dundee

    Hibernian v Aberdeen

    Motherwell v Livingston

    Rangers v St Mirren

  2. Levein delight with Souttar

    FT: Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Hearts manager Craig Levein celebrates with John Souttar
    Image caption: Craig Levein was pleased with John Souttar after he was handed a "different role" in defence
    Rater
    Image caption: Hearts forward Steven Naismith was voted your choice as man of the match.
  3. Scorer Clare 'improving'

    FT: Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Hearts manager Craig Levein was muted in his praise of Sean Clare after the summer signing from Sheffield Wednesday opened the scoring.

    He explains that the 22-year-old English midfielder was a "late starter" to professional football and has been hampered by injury.

    "I have been trying to stick with him as I know there is a player there," Levein tells BBC Sportsound.

    "Sean has gradually been improving and it was a real bit of quality in the finish."

    Hearts scorer Sean Clare celebrates with John Souttar
    Image caption: Sean Clare (left) opened the scoring for Hearts
  4. Ref not in control of game - Clarke

    FT: Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke tells BBC Sportsound that referee Steven McLean was "not in control of the game".

    "Fair play to Hearts, they were clever, but there were so many fouls in the game and, if you bring out the yellow cards at the start rather than the end, it allows your creative players to play."

    Clarke thinks his side "will play better and lose".

    "Disappointing result, but the performance was really good," he says.

    "Hearts came here to make it difficult for us and we fell asleep for the first goal.

    "It is difficult when you have big three lumps defending their goal."

    Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke
  5. Naismith makes the difference

    FT: Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    That's Hearts' fifth win in six games and suddenly they are back in contention in the top half of the table.

    Kilmarnock miss out on a record sixth successive home win in the Premiership.

    It is their first defeat at Rugby Park after six wins in a row and ends a run of seven games without a loss.

    And, as you can see, the stats show how important talisman Steven Naismith is to Hearts' cause.

    Steven Naismith
  6. Levein 'really thrilled'

    FT: Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Hearts manager Craig Levein is delighted with further evidence that "a pretty horrid spell" his side had before Christmas is long forgotten.

    "It was a typically tough match against Kilmarnock, but I am really thrilled as it's not an easy place to get anything," he tells BBC Sportsound.

    "That's two wins we have down here this season at a place where so many find it difficult."

    Levein hands the credit for the training-ground free-kick that led to the second goal to assistant Austin MacPhee.

    "The imagination was excellent," he says. The pass and finish were top drawer."

    Hearts' Arnaud Djoum celebrates with manager Craig Levein
  7. Rate the players

    Who was your man of the match? Who left you cold at freezing Rugby Park? You've still got time to vote below...

    Which Hearts' player did you rate man of the match?

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    Which Hearts' player did you rate man of the match in their 2-1 Scottish Premiership win over Kilmarnock?

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  8. 'Hearts deserved to win'

    FT: Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Billy Dodds

    Former Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: Hearts deserved it the way they defended. Kilmarnock played into Hearts' hands by just launching it in the second half
    Hearts' Sean Clare and Steven Naismith celebrate
    Image caption: Sean Clare and Steven Naismith scored for Hearts
  9. FULL-TIME Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Hearts hold on for an important victory that moves Craig Levein's side in touch with the top four in the Premiership.

    While they move to within a point of Aberdeen, Kilmarnock miss a chance to move into second ahead of Rangers and to within three points of leaders Celtic.

    Three goals within seven minutes of the end of the first half brought the game to life.

    Fine finishes from Sean Clare and Steven Naismith put the visitors ahead.

    Jordan Jones' penalty on the stroke of half-time gave Kilmarnock hope, but Hearts contained the threat of a fightback after the break for a deserved win.

  10. YELLOW CARD Ndjoli (Kilmarnock)

    Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Mikael Ndjoli races in on Colin Doyle to meet a Jordan Jones, but his only reward for his late challenge on the goalkeeper is a booking.

  11. Post update

    Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Kirk Broadfoot is only just on and the defender is sent to the touchline to receive treatment with a bloody cut under his eye after a clash with John Souttar.

  12. Post update

    Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Five minutes of stoppage time for Killie to save a point...

  13. Tshibola off, Broadfoot on

    Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    That booking was Aaron Tshibola's last contribution.

    The midfielder heads for the bench as manager Steve Clarke takes the unusual step of sending on veteran defender Kirk Broadfoot as an auxiliary striker.

  14. YELLOW CARD Tshibola (Kilmarnock)

    Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Aaron Tshibola is next in the ref's book for a foul tinged with frustration on Steven Naismith.

  15. YELLOW CARD Clare (Hearts)

    Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Hearts scorer Sean Clare goes into the book for an alleged elbow on Stephen O'Donnell.

    A bit harsh on the midfielder.

  16. Dikamona for Smith

    Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Clevid Dikamona comes on for Michael Smith in the Hearts defence as Craig Levein looks to stiffen his side's resolve further.

  17. 'Killie won't get a better chance'

    Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Scott McDonald

    Former Celtic striker on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: He'll do well to get a better chance than that, Millar. He couldn't get it on target from six yards out - he's got to get over the ball
  18. Post update

    Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Hearts have rarely been seen as an attacking force this half, but the ball is bobbling about the Killie penalty box as Steven Naismith sends a low ball towards the six-yard box.

    Demetri Mitchell tries an overhead kick, but the on-loan Manchester United wing-back's effort is off target.

  19. Rate the players

    Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Who has done a power of good for Killie? Who has shown most heart for the visitors?

    Vote following the link below...

    Which Hearts' player did you rate man of the match?

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  20. Post update

    Kilmarnock 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

    Liam Millar is handed a chance to make a quick-fire impression.

    But, although the on-loan Liverpool striker, does well to reach a cross between two Hearts markers, he heads well over from six yards.

    A disappointing finish.