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Unfair challenge on Craig Thomson by Conor Sammon results in a free kick. Craig Thomson takes the direct free kick. Foul by Mohamadou Sissoko on Stephen Elliott, free kick awarded. The ball is crossed by David Templeton, Kevin Kyle takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
The offside flag is raised against Kevin Kyle. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Alexei Eremenko produces a curled right-footed shot from 30 yards. Save made by Marian Kello.
Rudolf Skacel takes a outswinging corner.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rudolf Skacel.
David Templeton concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bryson. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
Craig Bryson has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Tim Clancy is brought on as a substitute for Liam Kelly.
Conor Sammon produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Alexei Eremenko grabs a goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Hearts 0-3 Kilmarnock.
Goal scored by Conor Sammon from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 0-2 Kilmarnock.Liam Kelly provided the assist for the goal.
Conor Sammon scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 0-2 Kilmarnock.Jamie Hamill provided the assist for the goal.
Ismael Bouzid challenges Conor Sammon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Frazer Wright takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Conor Sammon on Marius Zaliukas. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Kyle. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Kevin Kyle. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.
Rudolf Skacel produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Alexei Eremenko, Header from close range by Mohamadou Sissoko clears the bar.
Alexei Eremenko produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Marian Kello. Corner taken by Alexei Eremenko, save made by Marian Kello.
David Templeton has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
Suso Santana goes into the book for dissent.
Caution for Kevin Kyle. Mohamadou Sissoko fouled by Kevin Kyle, the ref awards a free kick. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
Adrian Mrowiec goes off and David Templeton comes on.
Ruben Palazuelos has a drilled shot. Cameron Bell makes a save.
The offside flag is raised against Conor Sammon. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Rudolf Skacel, Stephen Elliott produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel.
(Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Garry Hay coming on for Mehdi Taouil.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Alexei Eremenko goes wide right of the goal.
Shot by Adrian Mrowiec. Cameron Bell makes a save.
Conor Sammon has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
Ismael Bouzid goes into the referee's book. Manuel Pascali fouled by Ismael Bouzid, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
Frazer Wright grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Hearts 0-1 Kilmarnock.Foul by Ruben Palazuelos on Jamie Hamill, free kick awarded. The assist for the goal came from Jamie Hamill.
Rudolf Skacel produces a drilled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Cameron Bell.
Craig Thomson replaces Darren Barr. Stephen Elliott is brought on as a substitute for Calum Elliot.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Frazer Wright on Rudolf Skacel. Rudolf Skacel crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
Booking for Alexei Eremenko for unsporting behaviour.
Corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from the right by-line, Kevin Kyle manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Alexei Eremenko, Kevin Kyle makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Kyle on Manuel Pascali. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
(Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Conor Sammon coming on for Marinho Rui Miguel.
The referee gives a free kick against Mohamadou Sissoko for handball. Ruben Palazuelos takes the direct free kick.
Ismael Bouzid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexei Eremenko. Free kick taken by Liam Kelly.
Handball by Marinho Rui Miguel. Darren Barr restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Suso Santana clears the bar.
Effort on goal by Mehdi Taouil from 25 yards. Save made by Marian Kello.
Mehdi Taouil produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
Foul by Eggert Jonsson on Craig Bryson, free kick awarded. Liam Kelly takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Rudolf Skacel from the right by-line to the near post.
Ben Gordon concedes a free kick for a foul on Suso Santana. Free kick crossed by Rudolf Skacel.
Ruben Palazuelos challenges Marinho Rui Miguel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alexei Eremenko takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel from the left by-line to the near post, Headed effort from inside the box by Marius Zaliukas misses to the right of the target.
Ruben Palazuelos has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Booking for Manuel Pascali for unsporting behaviour. Suso Santana fouled by Manuel Pascali, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Shot by Mehdi Taouil from 12 yards. Save by Marian Kello. Alexei Eremenko takes a short corner.
Effort on goal by Liam Kelly from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken by Rudolf Skacel from the left by-line, Cameron Bell makes a save. Calum Elliot produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The match has kicked off.
The second half begins.
The referee blows for half time.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
No new worries for Hearts
Jim Jefferies has no fresh concerns as Hearts prepare for Sunday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League meeting with his former club Kilmarnock.
Ian Black is available after coming off the bench in last Saturday's 3-0 defeat of St Mirren with a bandage over broken bones in his hand.
Andrew Driver (thigh), David Obua (groin) and Lee Wallace (knee) remain sidelined.
Jefferies believes his Hearts side are beginning to gel at the right time and he hopes they can inflict a heavy defeat on Kilmarnock.
Hearts entertain Killie at Tynecastle, where the hosts scored three times in their most recent fixture, against St Mirren.
While Jefferies was pleased with Hearts' first home win of the SPL season, he hopes his side will take more of the chances they create on Sunday, but he warned against looking ahead to next weekend's Edinburgh derby with Hibernian.
"We'll just make sure before we think about the Hibs game next week; we'll concentrate on Kilmarnock," said Jefferies.
"They are capable on their day of playing some good football and we've got to make sure we don't let them settle and get in about them and give them more to worry about on the defensive side.
"As we saw last week we could've scored two or three more goals and that's the pleasing thing - we've been making chances.
"We took three last week and hopefully we can take another three or four this week if we make them."
Rudi Skacel was praised by Jefferies for his hat-trick against the Buddies, but Hearts' successive wins have coincided with the return of captain and key defender Marius Zaliukas.
Zaliukas, who Jefferies said is on the verge of signing a permanent deal following an apparent end to his contract impasse, has boosted a defence which is already without injured Scotland international left-back Wallace.
Wallace is one of three key injury absentees for Hearts, but with numerous young players on the fringes of the first team, Jefferies is happy with the make up of his squad.
"We've still got Lee Wallace, Andrew Driver, David Obua still to come back in and make us stronger," said Jefferies.
"We've always said when we've got our strongest team on the pitch then the competition for places is going to be good."
Kilmarnock have no fresh injury problems.
Long-term injury absentees James Dayton and Alan Combe remain on the sidelines.
Winger Dayton is likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury while goalkeeper Combe is still to return from summer hernia surgery.
Killie manager Mixu Paatelainen is confident his side will not become disillusioned despite a run of five matches without a win.
Killie have lost four times since knocking Hibernian out of the Co-operative Insurance Cup last month, with a string of missed chances and some bad mistakes in defence costing them dear.
But Paatelainen insists there is no danger his players will lose their belief despite the lack of rewards for some attractive football.
Killie travel to in-form Hearts looking to move closer to middle ground in the SPL, and Paatelainen believes improvements can be made at Tynecastle.
"We do show the players when we analyse the matches how well or badly they have played," the Finn said.
"There are plenty things to correct and improve on and plenty stuff we do quite well.
"We do know the level we are at in terms of quality of our play, our weaknesses and strengths, so it's not difficult at all to keep the players focused and motivated."
Paatelainen hinted at making changes in January following Wednesday's cup quarter-final defeat by Rangers but he denied trying to pressure his players into stepping up their game.
"It's not to put pressure on players," he said. "Players know that, wherever they play, whatever level they play at, whatever club they play for, there are always changes.
"Come January or summertime, when the window is open, there is always the possibility to bring in new faces.
"Obviously we are quite limited what we can do in the transfer market but it there is an opportunity to bring in fresh faces who we feel can help us, then we will do so."
Hearts have kept two clean sheets in victories over Aberdeen and St Mirren since skipper Marius Zaliukas returned following a contract stand-off.
And former Hibernian player and manager Paatelainen knows his side are in for a tough test.
"It's always difficult to play Hearts because they have quality players," he said.
"They have good quality on the bench too so it will be really hard. We must be at our best if we want to take anything from the match.
"We do realise their strengths and maybe a couple of weaknesses."
Killie end barren spell
Kilmarnock struck twice in three second-half minutes to end their four-game losing streak in an emphatic 3-0 win at Hearts.
Frazer Wright headed Kilmarnock into the lead in the second minute of first-half stoppage time before goals from Conor Sammon and Alexei Eremenko, after 80 and 82 minutes, respectively, saw the visitors earn a third Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory of the season and climb off the foot of the table.
Hearts, in particular former Killie manager Jim Jefferies and striker Kevin Kyle, were left frustrated as the hosts struggled to apply the finishing touch and saw their two-game winning run ended.
Killie had a glorious early opportunity when Eremenko's lofted pass was hit first time by Liam Kelly.
Kelly's effort was wide, but he may have done better had he taken a touch first to control the ball.
After seven minutes, Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello was at full stretch to deny Mehdi Taouil, who had cut inside from the left and hit a fierce right-foot shot.
Manuel Pascali was then booked for a rash challenge on Suso Santana as Hearts launched a counter attack from the resulting corner.
Kyle, Rudi Skacel and Ruben Palazuelos combined soon after, with the latter firing wide from the left edge of the area.
Referee Stevie O'Reilly booked Eremenko for diving on the edge of the penalty area before Killie broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time.
Jamie Hamill's free-kick was met by an unmarked Wright, who headed into the net above Kello.
Jefferies made two changes at the interval with Stephen Elliott coming on for Calum Elliot and Craig Thomson replacing Darren Barr.
Skacel shot straight at Killie goalkeeper Cameron Bell from 20 yards before the hosts' penalty appeals for handball were turned down after Santana's cross struck Ben Gordon.
Adrian Mrowiec's shot from 25 yards had Bell scrambling to re-gather after making the initial save but Hearts continued to lack fluency in the final third.
Elliott's snap-shot rippled the top of the net after going over the bar, Santana shot straight at Bell before Jefferies used his third substitute with 28 minutes remaining.
David Templeton, a replacement for Mrowiec, had an immediate impact, but Santana could only fire his team-mate's cross from the left over.
Thomson's cross then was too high for Elliott and Kyle challenged Bell, but could not connect with the ball.
There was no foul, but Bell - continually now taking his time over every goal kick - required treatment and the referee was forced to call for a drop ball.
Kyle was booked soon after a foul on the edge of the Killie area as Hearts were becoming increasingly frustrated, with Santana booked for dissent.
Templeton fired wide after cutting in off the left wing and Kello turned an Eremenko effort around the post for a corner.
Mahamadou Sissoko, who marshalled Kyle well all afternoon, headed an Eremenko corner over before Killie netted a second after 80 minutes.
A long ball from Hamill down the right allowed Sammon to sneak around the Hearts defence and beat Kello with a well-placed shot.
Eremenko curled a third into the top corner two minutes later as Hearts' defence failed to deal with a long ball forward.
Elliott had an effort saved by Bell but the Killie goalkeeper was not to be beaten as the visitors bounced back from their woeful run with a convincing victory.
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