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Garry Hay is caught offside. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Tim Clancy booked.
David Silva goes off and Garry Hay comes on. Foul by David Templeton on Liam Kelly, free kick awarded. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.
David Templeton takes a shot. Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Kelly on Adrian Mrowiec. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Adrian Mrowiec takes a shot. Save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Rui Miguel joins the action as a substitute, replacing William Gros. Craig Thomson challenges David Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Jamie Hamill from the free kick.
David Templeton takes the inswinging corner, Foul by Ismael Bouzid on Manuel Pascali, free kick awarded. Anssi Jaakkola takes the free kick.
Shot from outside the box by Craig Thomson misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tim Clancy on David Templeton. Rudolf Skacel delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
David Templeton has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Gary Glen replaces Calum Elliot.
The referee shows Alexei Eremenko a red card. Marius Zaliukas booked. David Templeton receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. David Templeton fouled by Alexei Eremenko, the ref awards a free kick. David Templeton takes the direct free kick.
Rudolf Skacel takes a shot. Blocked by Frazer Wright. Corner from the left by-line taken by David Templeton, Eggert Jonsson has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
Foul by Marius Zaliukas on David Silva, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko. Effort from inside the area by William Gros misses to the right of the target.
Stephen Elliott challenges Liam Kelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Fowler takes the free kick.
Foul by Craig Thomson on Alexei Eremenko, free kick awarded. Alexei Eremenko takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Elliott comes on in place of Ryan Stevenson. Effort from the edge of the penalty box by William Gros goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel Pascali on Rudolf Skacel. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Thomson, Alexei Eremenko gets a block in. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Calum Elliot by Tim Clancy. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Craig Thomson from right by-line.
A goal is scored by Alexei Eremenko from close range high into the middle of the goal. Hearts 0-2 Kilmarnock.Assist by David Silva.
William Gros takes a shot. Marian Kello gets a block in. Marian Kello makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tim Clancy on Suso Santana. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rudolf Skacel, Marian Kello makes a save.
David Silva gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 0-1 Kilmarnock.Centre by Craig Thomson, Marius Zaliukas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Fowler. Anssi Jaakkola takes the direct free kick. Craig Bryson fouled by Calum Elliot, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Bryson.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Thomson.
Eggert Jonsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Kelly. Free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
Alexei Eremenko delivers the ball.
Rudolf Skacel goes into the book. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frazer Wright by Rudolf Skacel. Anssi Jaakkola takes the free kick.
Craig Thomson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
David Silva takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Eggert Jonsson manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by David Silva, Close range headed effort by Manuel Pascali misses to the right of the goal. David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mrowiec. Short corner worked by David Silva. Unfair challenge on Craig Thomson by David Silva results in a free kick. Craig Thomson restarts play with the free kick, The ball is sent over by Adrian Mrowiec, Corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel, Alexei Eremenko makes a clearance. Effort from outside the area by Craig Bryson goes wide right of the goal.
Adrian Mrowiec challenges James Fowler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
Suso Santana challenges Tim Clancy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Bryson takes the direct free kick.
David Templeton is caught offside. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.
Eggert Jonsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexei Eremenko. Jamie Hamill restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Bryson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Rudolf Skacel on Craig Bryson. Direct free kick taken by Frazer Wright.
Craig Thomson delivers the ball, David Templeton takes a shot.
Liam Kelly produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
David Templeton takes a shot. Jamie Hamill gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel from the left by-line, clearance by Tim Clancy.
The ball is swung over by Craig Thomson.
David Silva challenges Calum Elliot unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Eggert Jonsson from left wing, Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.
Suso Santana takes a shot. Blocked by James Fowler. Corner taken by Craig Thomson, clearance by Jamie Hamill.
Craig Thomson takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel from the left by-line, clearance by Alexei Eremenko. Ryan Stevenson produces a cross, Effort from deep inside the area by Ismael Bouzid misses to the right of the target.
Shot from 18 yards by David Templeton. Anssi Jaakkola makes a save. Alexei Eremenko produces a curled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Marian Kello makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Suso Santana by Tim Clancy. Free kick taken by Craig Thomson.
Centre by Craig Thomson, Effort on goal by Rudolf Skacel from just inside the area clears the bar.
Jefferies singing Killie praises
Hearts manager Jim Jefferies has thanked Kilmarnock for spurring his side to success this season.
Killie inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Hearts on October 31 and Jefferies' side responded with a run of 10 wins and a draw in 11 games, only seeing their challenge at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League halted by losses to Celtic and Rangers.
Hearts, though, remain in touch with the Old Firm ahead of the clash with Kilmarnock at Tynecastle after three wins and a draw in the last five games.
Jefferies believes his team have improved since the last fixture between the teams in Gorgie and although wrapping up third place for Hearts is his aim, he would also like to see former club Killie finish high up the table.
Jefferies said: "It's a different game, we've improved a lot since then - it was a turning point for us.
"It worked out for both clubs, it gave us a shot in the arm that we needed and we responded and Kilmarnock took a lot of confidence from it.
"I said way back then that they would make the top six and I think I've been proved right so far. They've done extremely well.
"We want to get third place tied up and there's one club - no disrespect to the others - I want to finish fourth.
"They would deserve that because they've been great to watch this year."
Hearts enter this weekend's fixtures trailing Celtic and Rangers by nine and four points, respectively, and 16 points clear of fourth-placed Killie.
Jefferies believes victory in tomorrow's game could secure third place in the table.
He added: "I think this one on Saturday could go a long way to cementing third place, but it will not be easy."
One of the problems for Jefferies ahead of the fixture is who he will play.
Striker Kevin Kyle, who had a further injection on his troublesome groin this week, and suspended duo Ian Black and Ruben Palazuelos are out, while David Obua (shin) and Suso Santana (knee) missed last week's 0-0 draw at Aberdeen and may be absent once more.
Defenders Andy Webster (groin strain) and Lee Wallace (bruised ankle) are doubtful and their absence could impact on Jefferies' options at the back.
Webster was released by Rangers in January following an injury-ravaged spell, but had started three games in his second spell for Hearts before coming off in the first half at Pittodrie.
He added: "There was no tear in the groin, it was a slight strain.
"Whether it clears up in time for Saturday is another matter.
"Right now he's a doubt."
Kyle has missed the last eight games as Hearts treat his groin problem with injections, rather than surgery, and Jefferies hopes a resolution is close.
He said: "The plan is to let him have a couple of days and train maybe Monday and Tuesday of next week and see if it has improved and we can take it forward from there."
Marian Kello is set to continue in goal having had a major impact on Hearts' success this term.
Jefferies believes Kello, the Clydesdale Bank Premier League Player of the Month for February, is a candidate for Player of the Season.
"He's worth considering because he's had a fantastic season for us," said the manager.
James Fowler is looking to replicate one of Kilmarnock's best results of the season when they return to Tynecastle.
Kilmarnock have risen up the table since then and although they are 16 points behind the Gorgie side in fourth place, Fowler is confident that lightning can strike twice.
"It was probably one of the best results of the season when you think of where we were and how well Hearts were doing," the midfielder told Press Association Sport.
"I think we were the bottom of the league but the 3-0 victory was well deserved. We played some great stuff.
"That was probably a turning point for us. It gave the boys confidence and we went on a great run from there.
"I don't see why we can`t do it again.
"Obviously they are going well at the moment under Jim Jeffries and Billy Brown but we got a good result last week against St Mirren to get our confidence back.
"I think it will be a good game, Tynecastle is one of the best grounds in Scotland in terms of atmosphere but hopefully we will come out on top."
Killie end Hearts run
David Silva and Alexei Eremenko netted within seven second-half minutes as Kilmarnock ended Hearts' eight-match unbeaten home run with a 2-0 win to cut the gap in the race for third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Silva struck after 50 minutes and Eremenko, who was sent off after 71 minutes for an apparent headbutt on Marius Zaliukas, netted a quick-fire second after 56 minutes to leave Hearts stunned after a dominant first-half display at Tynecastle.
Killie were the most recent team to visit Hearts and claim an SPL win and again returned to Ayrshire with victory despite Eremenko's dismissal.
Victory would have taken Hearts one point behind Rangers, who play St Mirren tomorrow, but now Jim Jefferies' men are looking over their shoulders as they bid to wrap up third place.
Fourth-placed Killie, Jefferies' former club, now sit 13 points behind Hearts with four matches to go until the SPL split.
The last time the teams met in Edinburgh, Mixu Paatelainen's men claimed a 3-0 win on October 31 and Hearts responded with a run of 10 wins and a draw in 11 games.
Their challenge at the top of the SPL stuttered with losses at Celtic and Rangers, but Hearts had lost once in nine home games since that day, exiting the Scottish Cup to St Johnstone in January.
Hearts, missing Andy Webster and Lee Wallace as well as Kevin Kyle and suspended duo Ian Black and Ruben Palazuelos, dominated in the first half, but struggled to test Killie goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola.
Jaakkola's only moment of real alarm in the opening quarter came when he dropped a long Eggert Jonsson free-kick and required help from his defence to clear.
The Killie goalkeeper was beaten by David Templeton's header after 23 minutes, but saved by the woodwork.
Suso Santana's deep cross from the right found Templeton, who rose to float his header onto the bar.
Craig Bryson was booked following an altercation with Santana before Manuel Pascali spurned Killie's best opportunity of the half, heading wide from a corner.
If Hearts were the dominant force in the first period without success, they were given a lesson in ruthless efficiency within 11 minutes of the restart.
After Santana shot wide and Templeton's effort appeared to strike James Fowler's hand inside the box, with only a corner given, Hearts fell behind.
Craig Thomson gave the ball away on halfway to Silva and Hearts allowed the Killie forward to run at them.
Silva drifted towards the area and wide to the right before drilling a low shot into the bottom corner beyond Marian Kello. He was booked for his celebration.
William Gros had an opportunity to make it two, but fluffed his shot when played through by Silva.
However, he immediately made amends by laying on the second for Eremenko.
The Finland international capitalised on good work from Gros on the left side of the area to beat Kello with a first-time shot from close range after 56 minutes.
Gros fired narrowly wide on the counter attack after 60 minutes as Hearts' defence went missing again.
With 19 minutes remaining Eremenko was sent off following a nasty clash with Templeton.
The dismissal gave the hosts an extra-man advantage but they perhaps could have had two players dismissed themselves in the same incident.
In retaliation, Zaliukas appeared to grab Eremenko by the throat and the Killie forward motioned his head towards the Hearts captain before being pushed over by Templeton.
Referee Steven McLean spoke to his assistant before showing Eremenko a straight card and both Hearts players were booked in a lengthy delay as the official also spoke to the fourth official and Paatelainen.
Jamie Hamill's curling free-kick after 90 minutes went narrowly wide as Hearts failed to make their extra man pay and suffered a seventh loss of the season.
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