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Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the right by-line, clearance by Lee Wallace.
Unfair challenge on Mohamadou Sissoko by Ryan Stevenson results in a free kick. Garry Hay crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Marian Kello.
Stephen Elliott scores a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-2 Hearts.
Short corner taken by Ryan Stevenson from the left by-line.
Ryan Stevenson decides to take the corner short.
The offside flag is raised against Conor Sammon. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
David Silva comes on in place of James Fowler.
Corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko, save by Marian Kello.
Ryan Stevenson takes the inswinging corner, Frazer Wright makes a clearance. Corner taken by Ryan Stevenson from the right by-line, clearance made by Manuel Pascali. Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Stevenson, save by Cameron Bell.
Stephen Elliott is caught offside. Free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Inswinging corner taken by Alexei Eremenko, clearance made by Ismael Bouzid.
Conor Sammon produces a cross, Frazer Wright takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson from the left by-line, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
A goal is scored by Stephen Elliott from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-1 Hearts.The assist for the goal came from Ismael Bouzid.
Unfair challenge on David Templeton by Tim Clancy results in a free kick. Ruben Palazuelos takes the free kick.
Marinho Rui Miguel leaves the field to be replaced by Conor Sammon.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Liam Kelly goes wide right of the goal.
Ryan Stevenson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson from the right by-line.
Mehdi Taouil goes off and Billy Berntsson comes on.
Ian Black goes off and Ryan Stevenson comes on.
David Obua leaves the field to be replaced by Gary Glen.
The ball is delivered by Lee Wallace, clearance by Manuel Pascali.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson by Liam Kelly. Ian Black takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson by Liam Kelly. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ian Black from right channel, clearance by Mehdi Taouil.
Lee Wallace challenges Tim Clancy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mehdi Taouil.
Shot from 35 yards by Lee Wallace missed to the right of the net.
Unfair challenge on Ismael Bouzid by Marinho Rui Miguel results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
Stephen Elliott produces a cross.
Centre by Stephen Elliott.
Shot from just outside the area by Ian Black goes over the bar.
(Hearts) makes a substitution, with Stephen Elliott coming on for Arvydas Novikovas.
Marinho Rui Miguel is caught offside. Ismael Bouzid takes the direct free kick.
Eggert Jonsson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Liam Kelly fouled by Eggert Jonsson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Garry Hay.
The ball is crossed by Arvydas Novikovas, James Fowler manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ruben Palazuelos on Alexei Eremenko. Garry Hay takes the direct free kick.
Mohamadou Sissoko receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Mohamadou Sissoko challenges David Templeton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Black produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by James Fowler. Corner taken by Arvydas Novikovas.
Mohamadou Sissoko is shown a yellow card. Mohamadou Sissoko challenges David Templeton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Ian Black, blocked by James Fowler. Inswinging corner taken by Arvydas Novikovas.
The official flags Marinho Rui Miguel offside. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Liam Kelly. Ismael Bouzid takes the direct free kick.
Ian Black takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance. Ian Black takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Adrian Mrowiec has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Adrian Mrowiec shown a yellow card. Adrian Mrowiec challenges Manuel Pascali unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Hay.
Ruben Palazuelos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Kelly. Free kick crossed right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from left channel, Ruben Palazuelos manages to make a clearance.
Eggert Jonsson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Lee Wallace fouled by Tim Clancy, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Black delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Garry Hay.
Arvydas Novikovas sends in a cross.
Foul by David Obua on Manuel Pascali, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Garry Hay.
Marinho Rui Miguel finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 Hearts.Assist on the goal came from Alexei Eremenko.
Foul by Marius Zaliukas on Marinho Rui Miguel, free kick awarded. Alexei Eremenko shoots direct from the free kick.
Effort on goal by Ruben Palazuelos from a long way out goes over the bar.
The ball is crossed by Lee Wallace, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko. Inswinging corner taken by Ian Black from the left by-line played to the near post, Tim Clancy manages to make a clearance.
Alexei Eremenko crosses the ball, Ismael Bouzid makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the right by-line.
Ismael Bouzid concedes a free kick for a foul on Marinho Rui Miguel. Alexei Eremenko restarts play with the free kick.
Arvydas Novikovas is caught offside. Mohamadou Sissoko restarts play with the free kick.
James Fowler challenges David Templeton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Corner taken by Arvydas Novikovas, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.
David Obua sends in a cross, blocked by Frazer Wright.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
The match has reached half-time.
The match restarts for the second half.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Sammon set for Killie exit
Kilmarnock could lose Conor Sammon before the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Hearts as the Irish striker is in talks over a move to Scunthorpe.
Jamie Hamill remains on the sidelines as he serves the second match of a two-game ban.
Craig Bryson, James Dayton (both knee) and Alan Combe (groin) remain on the sidelines.
Kevin Kyle and Rudi Skacel are almost certain to miss out for Hearts, while strikers Stephen Elliott and Calum Elliot are doubtful.
Kyle is set to miss his return to Rugby Park due to a groin problem and Skacel has a calf tear, while Elliott has an Achilles problem and fellow striker Elliot has also picked up an injury.
Lee Wallace is available again after flu and Andrew Driver (thigh) and Suso Santana (knee) are nearing returns after long absences.
Hearts manager Jim Jefferies hopes his fringe players show the full strength of the squad.
Third-placed Hearts are the form team in the SPL with eight wins from their last nine league matches but were dumped out of the Scottish Cup last week by St Johnstone.
Hearts will be aiming to extend their record of seven wins from eight games away from home this term, losing only at Celtic.
Jefferies said: "Our record away from home's very good. It will be severely tested against a good Kilmarnock side without these players.
"I said weeks ago when the team was settled and doing well, there would come a time when we'd need the squad.
"It's all right saying on paper we've got a good squad, this is a chance for them to come in and prove that they can carry on from where they boys who are missing have left off.
"That'll prove we've got the strength in depth.
"It's a challenge for them to come in and keep the run going, particularly away from home."
Elliott brace sinks Killie
Stephen Elliott's second-half double gave Hearts a deserved 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and stretched their unbeaten run in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to 10 games.
Killie took the lead in the 19th minute when Portuguese striker Rui Miguel took a pass from Alexei Eremenko at the edge of the box before driving low past Jambos keeper Marian Kello.
The Gorgie side had been disappointing in the first half but came back strongly after the break and levelled in the 72nd minute when Elliott, on for Arvydas Novikovas at the interval, volleyed in from 12 yards.
There was more drama to come with four minutes remaining when he drove past Killie keeper Cameron Bell from inside the box although it looked as if a stronger hand might have kept the ball out.
But there is little doubt that the Gorgie men merited their win in the end, despite their unconvincing start.
Miguel had only started the game because Kilmarnock's top scorer Conor Sammon started on the bench after travelling up from Scunthorpe following his decision to reject a transfer to the English club.
Hearts were more disjointed. Boss Jim Jefferies was without injured duo Kevin Kyle and Calum Elliot, and dropped Ryan Stevenson to the bench.
In came Lee Wallace, David Obua and David Templeton with Marian Kello replacing Jamie MacDonald in the Jambos' goal.
Killie, one place behind the third-placed visitors in the table, had been the last team to beat the Gorgie side in the SPL at the end of October with a 3-0 win at Tynecastle.
However, Jefferies' men had gone on an unbeaten run in the league which had seen them garner 25 from a possible 27 points before they lost at home to St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup last week.
Neither side, though, looked like European contenders in the opening stages.
In the sixth minute Jambos midfielder Adrian Mrowiec almost sliced a free-kick from Eremenko past Kello from 12 yards, the Tynecastle side happy to concede a corner which came to nothing.
The game stumbled along and after Hearts defender Eggert Jonsson fouled Miguel at the edge of the Gorgie box, Eremenko fired the free-kick over the bar but he was soon to make amends.
In the 19th minute the Finnish midfielder robbed Ian Black who had hesitated in possession and fed the ball to Miguel who was quick to dispatch a low drive from the edge of the box past the diving Kello.
Kilmarnock took immediate confidence from the goal with the silky Eremenko catching the eye and Manuel Pascali protecting the back four with impressive determination.
The visitors began to press but showed little in an attacking sense until the 33rd minute when defender Ismael Bouzid headed Black's inswinging corner just past the near post.
Stephen Elliott replaced Arvydas Novikovas for the start of the second half and he went up alongside Obua, who had been isolated in the first 45 minutes.
The visitors looked as if they had received a typically robust half-time pep talk from manager Jefferies as they set about the task of grabbing the equaliser, with Wallace firing in a couple of crosses from the left which were just too deep.
Killie found themselves pinned inside their own half and in the 58th minute Wallace made space 25 yards from goal but his left-footed shot zipped past the far post, moments before Eggert Jonsson drove high over from a similar distance.
Just after the hour mark Jefferies introduced Stevenson and Gary Glen for Obua and Black in a bid to get back in to the game. For Killie, Billy Berntsson came on for Mehdi Taouil.
However, in the 72nd minute Hearts deservedly drew level when Elliott contorted himself to hook in from 12 yards from Bouzid's cross.
The game opened up and Sammon set up Frazer Wright in a breakaway with Kello saving the angled drive at the expense of a corner which was well defended.
Then, as the home side broke again, Eremenko's cross intended for Sammon was put on to the bar by back-tracking Hearts skipper Marius Zaliukas.
But in the 86th minute, Elliott took advantage when Killie failed to clear a Jambos attack and drove past Bell from the edge of the box, the Killie keeper getting a hand to the ball but failing to stop it reaching the back of the net.
There was time for Kello to make a great point-blank save from Pascali before Bell prevented Elliott getting his hat-trick but in the end, the points were Tynecastle-bound.
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