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Scott Robinson takes the inswinging corner, Marius Zaliukas has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory McKeown by Arvydas Novikovas. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Corner taken by Arvydas Novikovas from the right by-line, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
Paul Heffernan goes off and Ryan O'Leary comes on.
Arvydas Novikovas has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel Pascali on Arvydas Novikovas. Manuel Pascali booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Andrew Driver.
Marius Zaliukas challenges Paul Heffernan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marius Zaliukas is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Shot on goal comes in from Cillian Sheridan from the free kick.
Mehdi Taouil leaves the field to be replaced by Scott Robinson.
Corner taken by Andrew Driver, clearance by Manuel Pascali.
Rory McKenzie joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Dayton.
Arvydas Novikovas has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Centre by Arvydas Novikovas, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.
James Fowler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Arvydas Novikovas. Andrew Driver crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Cameron Bell.
Mohamadou Sissoko goes into the referee's book.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Callum Paterson by Mohamadou Sissoko. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Driver.
Booking for Callum Paterson for dissent.
Callum Paterson takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
Unfair challenge on Paul Heffernan by Andy Webster results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Johnson.
Foul by Mohamadou Sissoko on Callum Paterson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andrew Driver.
Darren Barr leaves the field to be replaced by Arvydas Novikovas.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lee Johnson.
Inswinging corner taken by Lee Johnson from the left by-line.
Corner taken by Andrew Driver.
Callum Paterson takes a shot. Blocked by James Fowler.
Callum Paterson replaces Gordon Smith.
Shot by Mehdi Taouil from 20 yards. Save made by Cameron Bell.
James Dayton crosses the ball, save by Jamie MacDonald.
James Dayton takes a shot. Jamie MacDonald makes a save.
Gordon Smith delivers the ball, John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cameron Bell. Booking for John Sutton for unsporting behaviour. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Kelly on Darren Barr. Andrew Driver crosses the ball in from the free kick, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andrew Driver, clearance by Cillian Sheridan.
Andrew Driver takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
The ball is crossed by Andrew Driver.
Outswinging corner taken by Andrew Driver from the left by-line.
The ball is delivered by James Fowler, Ryan McGowan manages to make a clearance.
Lee Johnson challenges Ryan Stevenson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Driver crosses the ball in from the free kick, Cameron Bell makes a comfortable save.
A cross is delivered by Andrew Driver, Header by Gordon Smith from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Borja Perez leaves the field to be replaced by Lee Johnson.
The ball is delivered by Gordon Smith, comfortable save by Cameron Bell.
James Dayton produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamadou Sissoko. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Andy Webster challenges James Dayton unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Penalty taken right-footed by Liam Kelly and scored. Kilmarnock 1-0 Hearts.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan McGowan by James Dayton. Direct free kick taken by Andy Webster.
Andrew Driver has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Manuel Pascali gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil. Ryan McGowan restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Driver is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Borja Perez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas. Andy Webster takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Andrew Driver. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
Paul Heffernan is caught offside. Jamie MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel Pascali on Gordon Smith. Darren Barr delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Borja Perez challenges Mehdi Taouil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin McHattie takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Gordon Smith, Shot from just outside the box by Andrew Driver goes over the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on James Fowler by Andrew Driver results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Problems bring "siege mentality" - Shiels
Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has sympathy for Hearts boss John McGlynn as he continues to deal with off-field issues.
But Shiels believes the Edinburgh club's problems have also helped to galvanise the Jambos this season.
Hearts were last week handed an indefinite transfer embargo by the Scottish Premier League for failure to pay bonuses and appearance payments.
The ban means they will be unable to sign new players in the January transfer window if their bid to overturn the ruling fails.
Recent financial issues at Tynecastle have been well-documented, while McGlynn attempts to keep the focus on football and secure results on the park.
Speaking ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League Boxing Day clash between the two clubs, Shiels said: "You can look at it sympathetically.
"But you can also look at it in a way in which he's getting a little bit of a siege mentality there to try to help them.
"That happens in football. Hearts are a big club and we prepare for that in the way in which we show them the utmost respect.
"They're giving young players a chance and it's tremendous what they're doing. John McGlynn is a super guy and he's doing a magnificent job."
Meanwhile, Shiels has hailed his Kilmarnock side as Scottish football's biggest achievers of 2012.
He said: "What we have achieved in 2012 has far surpassed what any other club in Scotland has achieved under the circumstances - way, way ahead of any other club.
"I think that's quite evident if you look at what we've done.
"We've beaten Rangers twice, we've beaten Celtic twice and we've beaten Aberdeen away, Hearts away, Hibernian away, all in a calendar year.
"What a magnificent effort from our players who have come from little clubs. It's immense what Kilmarnock have achieved, absolutely immense.
"We took a 55-year-old record and put it to bed (defeating Celtic in Glasgow in the league cup final), we took a 57-year-old record and put it to bed (winning at Celtic Park).
"These players are magnificent. What the players, and my coach Jimmy Nicholl, have achieved has been nothing short of unbelievable."
Manager John McGlynn hopes his Hearts side can claim revenge at Rugby Park after suffering a 3-1 loss to Kilmarnock earlier in the season.
Cillian Sheridan, signed by Killie boss Kenny Shiels in the summer after the Irishman left St Johnstone, struck a hat-trick at Tynecastle in September as the visitors triumphed.
Now McGlynn hopes his side, which beat Dundee United 2-1 on Sunday courtesy of a Ryan Stevenson double, can defeat Killie on their own patch on Wednesday.
"Kilmarnock, we're maybe due them one," McGlynn said.
"They beat us here 3-1 and it was a sore day for us that day.
"They've gone along very nicely. Kenny's done very well in the signings he's made and bringing in players.
"We would anticipate a difficult game, but if we defend very well I think we'll be able to cause Kilmarnock problems as well."
Hearts moved into the top six with victory over United and could consolidate their position with a win in Ayrshire.
Midfielder Darren Barr could be the man tasked with stopping Sheridan.
McGlynn added: "He (Sheridan) is a top striker, it was a good bit of business for Kenny to get him.
"Darren Barr did an excellent job on Rudi Skacel. If he can do a similar job on Sheridan... but (Paul) Heffernan's a decent striker as well.
"They've got two good strikers there. I think Kenny's got a really, really good squad."
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