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  • Date:21 Aug 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Rugby Park
  • Attendance:5,328

Live Commentary


Unfair challenge on Liam Kelly by Rudi Skacel results in a free kick. Rudi Skacel receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Danny Buijs takes the direct free kick.


The ball is delivered by Ryan Stevenson, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance.


Centre by David Templeton, Cameron Bell makes a save.


The ball is delivered by Jamie Hamill, Patrick Ada manages to make a clearance.


Centre by Daniel Grainger, James Fowler makes a clearance.


John Sutton on for Stephen Elliott.


Rory McKeown fouled by Rudi Skacel, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Shiels.


Paul Heffernan concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Webster. Free kick taken by Adrian Mrowiec.


Effort on goal by Liam Kelly from long range goes over the crossbar.


The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.


The ball is delivered by Rory McKeown, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.


Rudi Skacel takes a shot. Stephen Elliott gets a block in.


Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Hamill from the right by-line.


Jamie Hamill delivers the ball, James Fowler makes a clearance.


Ryan Stevenson is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.


The ball is delivered by David Templeton.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rudi Skacel by Liam Kelly. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Kelly on David Templeton. Free kick crossed by Jamie Hamill.


Dean Shiels delivers the ball, clearance by Jamie Hamill.


Effort on goal by Rudi Skacel from 12 yards. Comfortable save by Cameron Bell.


Andy Webster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jorge Galan. Danny Buijs has an effort direct from the free kick.


Rudi Skacel comes on in place of Scott Robinson.


Corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Adrian Mrowiec.


Jorge Galan produces a cross, Jamie Hamill gets a block in.


Shot by Ryan Stevenson. Manuel Pascali gets a block in.


Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger, save by Cameron Bell.


Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie Hamill, Liam Kelly makes a clearance.


Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Patrick Ada gets a block in.


Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jamie Hamill.


Ryan Stevenson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Cameron Bell.


Unfair challenge on Stephen Elliott by Patrick Ada results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Daniel Grainger, Cameron Bell makes a save.


Long distance shot from Rory McKeown misses to the left of the goal.


Marius Zaliukas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Dayton. Booking for Marius Zaliukas for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by James Dayton, clearance made by Andy Webster.


Gary Harkins goes off and Jorge Galan comes on.


Foul by David Templeton on James Dayton, free kick awarded. David Templeton goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in left-footed by James Dayton, save by Marian Kello.


Danny Buijs fouled by David Templeton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Fowler.


David Templeton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Driver.


The ball is delivered by Rory McKeown, Effort from deep inside the area by Gary Harkins clears the bar.


Paul Heffernan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.


The ball is swung over by Rory McKeown.


The ball is swung over by James Dayton.


Foul by Stephen Elliott on Danny Buijs, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Danny Buijs.


Gary Harkins fouled by Adrian Mrowiec, the ref awards a free kick. Rory McKeown takes the direct free kick.


Ryan Stevenson sends in a cross, clearance by Manuel Pascali.


Corner taken by James Dayton, save made by Marian Kello.


Stephen Elliott is ruled offside. Danny Buijs restarts play with the free kick.


James Fowler on for Ryan O'Leary.


Paul Heffernan is caught offside. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.


Scott Robinson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.


Andrew Driver has an effort at goal. Save by Cameron Bell.


The ball is crossed by Manuel Pascali, save by Marian Kello.


Danny Buijs produces a cross, Jamie Hamill manages to make a clearance.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Daniel Grainger. Free kick taken by Danny Buijs.


Daniel Grainger sends in a cross.


Ryan Stevenson delivers the ball, Cameron Bell makes a save.


David Obua produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.


Unfair challenge on Jamie Hamill by Dean Shiels results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Gary Harkins.


Andrew Driver delivers the ball, Stephen Elliott takes a shot.


Jamie Hamill takes a inswinging corner.


Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, clearance made by Danny Buijs.


Unfair challenge on Stephen Elliott by Danny Buijs results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Jamie Hamill, save by Cameron Bell.


Centre by Jamie Hamill, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance.


Daniel Grainger takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Paul Heffernan manages to make a clearance.


The ball is sent over by Andrew Driver, clearance by Danny Buijs.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Harkins on Ryan Stevenson. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Stevenson.


Paul Heffernan crosses the ball.


Manuel Pascali concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Robinson. Jamie Hamill restarts play with the free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Harkins on Andrew Driver. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.


The ball is swung over by Danny Buijs, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.


Centre by Andrew Driver, Patrick Ada makes a clearance.


Manuel Pascali produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.


James Dayton produces a cross, save by Marian Kello.


Rory McKeown sends in a cross, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.


Scott Robinson takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.


Daniel Grainger produces a cross.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Heffernan. Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.


Daniel Grainger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Dayton. Danny Buijs takes the direct free kick.


Daniel Grainger challenges James Dayton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Buijs restarts play with the free kick.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Heffernan. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.


Adrian Mrowiec gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Heffernan. Adrian Mrowiec is cautioned. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from James Dayton, save made by Marian Kello.

Match Preview

Shiels staying grounded ahead of Hearts test Kenny Shiels is hoping his Kilmarnock side do not get too carried away with their morale-boosting Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory over Hibernian last week when Hearts visit Rugby Park on Sunday. The 4-1 win was the Irishman's first in 11 attempts as Killie boss and the performance earned rave reviews. Shiels admitted both the result and the way it was achieved had given him satisfaction as he savoured his side's unbeaten start to the season, but warned against reading too much in to it. "There is a thin line between confidence and over-confidence," he said. "We have a confident mood and we have to keep it like that. "But we want to look at the mistakes we made in the Hibs game that weren't punished and try to get them eliminated from our performance. Those are big things for us. "We are almost where we want to be as far as the playing staff is concerned. "We filled our boots with that and now we are looking to try to develop a good understanding of how we play for each game and each set of opponents. "The next game is always the most important and that's what we prepare for." In similarly cautious style, Shiels will not extrapolate too much from Hearts' thrashing at the hands of Tottenham at Tynecastle on Thursday night. The Gorgie side were hammered 5-0 by the Londoners in their Europa League play-off first-leg tie to effectively end their interest in the competition this season. "The first thing I would do is to be realistic," said Shiels. "It was really difficult for Hearts against a Tottenham team who are from a totally different planet. "But we are from the same league as Hearts and we are around the standard of play that they can match up to. "You can use case history where players have come back from a poor result in Europe and done really well in the next game and you have had the opposite effect but we won`t know that until we get on the pitch and see how determined they are." Shiels is likely to be without two important players. David Silva is definitely out with medial ligament damage while Zdenek Kroca is very doubtful with a virus. Shiels' new signing, 29-year-old Slovenian Leon Panikvar, will not be included in the squad. Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson insists he took some enjoyment from the defeat by Tottenham as he put the game into context. Stevenson, who was playing for Ayr two years ago, took the positives from pitting himself against top Barclays Premier League players. The likes of Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe were on the scoresheet as Spurs showed their class at Tynecastle. "The way they were knocking the ball about, you were trying to get near them and at times you thought you were getting close, but you weren't really," Stevenson said. "They are top-class players. You look to see how far off you are from that sort of level and that shows how good these teams in the Premiership are. "When you sit at home watching them on the TV you think 'they're good players' but when you actually play against them you realise how good they are. "Every single player they had was top-drawer. (Niko) Kranjcar, who I thought was outstanding, struggles to get a game for them. That just shows you the quality they have. "It was a harsh lesson for us but it was bittersweet - it was enjoyable at the same time." When asked what his hopes were for the second leg of the play-off on Thursday, Stevenson said: "To score six. No, just to go down and enjoy it. "People think it's hard - there are people fighting on the front line in Afghanistan and people working nine-to-five jobs. You have to take the positives from everything in life. "We had a great game, a great crowd, it was enjoyable playing against them. Next week we are looking forward to going to White Hart Lane and we'll try to put on a better show." Hearts first have to face unbeaten Kilmarnock and will aim to do better than Edinburgh rivals Hibernian did at Rugby Park seven days earlier. Killie cruised to a 4-1 victory as Shiels' new-look team clicked on their third SPL match of the season. Hearts manager Paulo Sergio said: "If they score four goals it's because they have quality. "We know they have a good team and we have to be good to get a good result there." Ian Black is again suspended and will serve the second game of a two-match domestic ban in the only likely change from the squad defeated by Spurs in a match which saw Andy Webster and David Obua return from injury. Mehdi Taouil (groin) is likely to miss a return to Rugby Park.

Formation:451Manager: Kenny Shiels


Formation: 442Manager: Paulo Sergio


  • Cameron Bell
  • Danny Buijs
  • Ryan O'Leary
  • Patrick Ada
  • Rory McKeown
  • James Dayton
  • Liam Kelly
  • Manuel Pascali
  • Gary Harkins
  • Dean Shiels
  • Paul Heffernan
  • SUBS
  • Anssi Jaakkola
  • Tim Clancy
  • Garry Hay
  • James Fowler
  • Jorge Galan
  • Danny Racchi
  • Gary Fisher



Match Report

Stalemate at Rugby Park Kilmarnock and Hearts shared the spoils after an entertaining but goalless Clydesdale Bank Premier League match at Rugby Park. The hosts created the majority of the chances, including a first-minute James Dayton free-kick and further opportunities for Paul Heffernan in each half, plus a close call by Gary Harkins after the break. Hearts had fewer opportunities but saw Stephen Elliott hit the woodwork at the end of the first half and have a goal disallowed for offside in the 83rd minute. Hearts manager Paulo Sergio made three changes to the side demolished in European action by Tottenham. David Templeton and John Sutton dropped to the bench, while Ian Black was serving the second and final match of a suspension; their replacements in the starting line-up were Elliott, David Obua and Scott Robinson. Rugby Park manager Kenny Shiels made two enforced changes - forward David Silva, who has ligament damage, and defender Zdenek Kroca, who had a virus, were respectively replaced by Dean Shiels and Patrick Ada. Kilmarnock had the first scoring chance inside the first minute - Paul Heffernan strode up the right wing straight from kick-off and was brought down by Adrian Mrowiec, who was booked after just 35 seconds. James Dayton fired in the free-kick from outside the right corner of the box but it was easily claimed by visiting goalkeeper Marian Kello; then Heffernan was flagged offside to end a promising run as the hosts controlled the opening minutes. Scott Robinson had Hearts' first effort after 14 minutes with a speculative effort from outside the box following passing build-up, but it failed to test Cammy Bell, who got down to smother it. However, the hosts continued to dominate the opening quarter, with Dayton and Heffernan looking especially lively - the latter did well to stay onside and reach the byline on 23 minutes, but his cross was too deep for any of his team-mates to convert. Hearts finally enjoyed their first spell of pressure in and around the penalty area on the half-hour following Andrew Driver's hard work in trying to breach the home defensive ranks. Obua won the first of three corners, all of which were cleared by the hosts, while Jamie Hamill tested former team-mate Bell with his free-kick from just outside the left corner of the box which the goalkeeper stretched to tip over the bar. It was Hearts who came closest to opening the scoring nine minutes from the break, when Elliott hit the crossbar with his header from Driver's cross. Bell was beaten by the effort but Kilmarnock booted away the rebound. Robinson then sent a shot on the turn, from Hamill's ball from the right, wide of the near post in the final minute of the half. Kilmarnock made a change as the second half got under way, James Fowler coming into defence in place of Ryan O'Leary, who had needed treatment after a goal-line collision earlier in the game. The hosts made another bright start with a first-minute corner, but Dayton's delivery from the right was confidently punched away by Kello. Five minutes later, Heffernan did well to meet Rory McKeown's cross from the left with an effort which again called for a strong save, but the home forward was in any case flagged offside. Gary Harkins was next to threaten for Kilmarnock but bulleted over from the six-yard line after arriving at pace to meet another McKeown cross. Newly-introduced Templeton and Marius Zaliukas were booked just four minutes apart for bringing down Dayton during promising runs down the right, the second free-kick being cleared to McKeown who blasted over from outside the box. Bell saw his first action of the second half after 63 minutes when he made an impressive double save, first from Danny Grainger's free-kick after an Ada foul on Elliott, then again from the rebound off his body followed in by Ryan Stevenson. Liam Kelly lifted a free-kick over the bar after 73 minutes, and the home fans then protested for a penalty when Dayton appeared to be pushed over by Grainger as they battled for possession just inside the box. At the other end, Stevenson carved out an opening for Hearts with his cut-back from the byline to substitute Rudi Skacel, but Bell claimed the effort. Hearts finally put the ball in the net seven minutes from time, but Elliott was offside when he converted after build-up from Stevenson and Skacel.

Form Guide

  • Kilmarnock
  • VS
  • Hearts
  • DLLW

Last Meetings

  • Kilmarnock
  • 2 - 2
  • Hearts
  • 30/04/2011
  • Hearts
  • 0 - 2
  • Kilmarnock
  • 05/03/2011
  • Kilmarnock
  • 1 - 2
  • Hearts
  • 18/01/2011
  • Hearts
  • 0 - 3
  • Kilmarnock
  • 31/10/2010
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 0
  • Kilmarnock
  • 10/04/2010
  • Kilmarnock
  • 1 - 2
  • Hearts
  • 28/11/2009

Top Scorers


  • P Heffernan 2
  • J Dayton 1
  • R McKeown 1


  • J Sutton 2
  • D Obua 1
  • A Novikovas 1



    • Total goals 7
    • Goals per game 5
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 71-80 mins


    • Total goals 6
    • Goals per game 4
  • 1 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins