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Unfair challenge on Gary Harkins by Mihael Kovacevic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jeroen Tesselaar. Mihael Kovacevic is given a yellow card.
The referee blows for offside against Paul Heffernan. Grant Munro restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Borja Perez from the left by-line, clearance by Iain Vigurs.
Manuel Pascali goes off and Mark O'Hara comes on.
The referee cautions Michael Nelson for unsporting behaviour. Caution for Colin McMenamin.
Michael Nelson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Colin McMenamin. Iain Vigurs restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Heffernan finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 3-0 Ross County.Jeroen Tesselaar provided the assist for the goal.
(Ross County) makes a substitution, with Gary Glen coming on for Rocco Quinn.
Paul Heffernan is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Fraser.
Gary Harkins finds the net with a goal from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 2-0 Ross County.
Paul Heffernan has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Jeroen Tesselaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Rocco Quinn. Iain Vigurs crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Michael Nelson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Richard Brittain, clearance by Michael Nelson.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Borja Perez, clearance by Iain Vigurs.
The referee penalises Rocco Quinn for handball. Paul Heffernan finds the net with a shot from the free kick from 6 yards. Kilmarnock 1-0 Ross County.
Paul Heffernan decides to take a short corner.
Rocco Quinn has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Short corner taken by Iain Vigurs from the right by-line, clearance by Ryan O'Leary.
Grant Munro fouled by Paul Heffernan, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Fraser.
Inswinging corner taken by Iain Vigurs, clearance by Ryan O'Leary.
The referee blows for offside against Paul Heffernan. Scott Boyd takes the indirect free kick.
Alex Cooper is brought on as a substitute for Steven Ross.
Shot by Borja Perez from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Borja Perez, clearance made by Grant Munro.
Paul Heffernan takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Michael Fraser.
Borja Perez fouled by Rocco Quinn, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
Colin McMenamin replaces Stuart Kettlewell.
Cillian Sheridan has a curled shot. Save by Michael Fraser. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Borja Perez.
Unfair challenge on Paul Heffernan by Mihael Kovacevic results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Heffernan from left channel, clearance made by Grant Munro.
Rocco Quinn produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken left-footed by Iain Vigurs, clearance by Michael Nelson.
Mihael Kovacevic has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save made by Cameron Bell.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Brittain on Manuel Pascali. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
Paul Heffernan is ruled offside. Michael Fraser restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Heffernan has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Borja Perez goes wide right of the goal.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul Heffernan from the left by-line, Michael Nelson takes a shot. Save made by Michael Fraser.
Corner taken by Richard Brittain from the left by-line, save by Cameron Bell.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Nelson on Steven Ross. Richard Brittain has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rocco Quinn by Jeroen Tesselaar. Mihael Kovacevic takes the free kick.
Rocco Quinn has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
Stuart Kettlewell produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Volleyed right-footed shot by Paul Heffernan. Save made by Michael Fraser.
The official flags Mark Fotheringham offside. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Unfair challenge on Stuart Kettlewell by Gary Harkins results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Grant Munro.
Cillian Sheridan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Boyd. Free kick taken by Michael Fraser.
Paul Heffernan takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Marc Fitzpatrick.
Corner taken by Borja Perez, clearance made by Grant Munro.
Heffernan hoping to form striker bond
Kilmarnock striker Paul Heffernan is aiming to form a lethal partnership with Cillian Sheridan as he continues his recovery from injury against Ross County in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Saturday.
Heffernan missed the first 10 weeks of the season after breaking his collarbone and manager Kenny Shiels signed Sheridan in his absence.
Sheridan has scored five goals in seven games and Heffernan has been restricted to three substitute appearances since regaining his fitness, replacing his fellow Irishman in the last two games.
Shiels has often preferred one main striker and both Sheridan and Heffernan tend to play off the shoulder of the last defender.
But Heffernan watched his team-mate strike up a good bond with Francisco Sandaza at St Johnstone last season and hopes they can link up themselves.
Heffernan, who scored 15 goals last season, said: "I missed a lot of pre-season and a lot of the end of last season.
"I've been back in training for three or four weeks now so hopefully I just need some more games to try and get fit and get back in the team.
"We've brought big Cillian in who has done brilliantly. Hopefully we can strike up a good understanding. He is an intelligent player and it's easy to play with clever footballers.
"Hopefully we can get something going and get us up the league table. We didn't play a lot with two strikers last season because the manager opted to go with one, probably with Dean Shiels just in behind myself.
"Cillian struck up a good partnership last season with Sandaza so hopefully we can do the same here."
County and Killie are level on 15 points and Heffernan is eager to pull away from the bottom six after his side followed victory at Celtic Park with a home defeat by Inverness.
The former Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster striker said: "I've not seen much of them. What I have seen is that they are a good, well-organised team who are very hard to break down.
"We'll have to be brave with the ball. I'm sure it will be a very tough game, as all the games are in the SPL. It's a very competitive league.
"We just need to be more consistent. We beat Celtic away one week and then we go and lose at home to Inverness. No disrespect to Inverness but they are the sort of games that we've got to get up for and win as well."
Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell is eligible after winning his red card appeal. Killie had their appeal against Bell's dismissal for denying a goalscoring opportunity upheld by a Scottish Football Association panel on Thursday.
Shiels still has William Gros, Garry Hay and Danny Racchi on the sidelines.
Marc Fitzpatrick is determined to show Kenny Shiels that Ross County can play good football after the Kilmarnock manager's scathing comments over the standard of entertainment the last time the teams met.
Shiels claimed the goalless draw between the sides at Dingwall on September 1 was "anti-football" and said both teams kept giving each other the ball.
The result was symptomatic of the tight nature of County's start to life in the SPL - their first six games only produced a total of three goals.
But their second half-dozen matches have seen a remarkable turnaround with a total of 28 goals. And although Shiels was being critical of his own team too, Fitzpatrick is eager to prove a point.
The former Motherwell player said: "It was a difficult game, a 0-0 draw. We know they are good on the ball and have very good movement. We need to defend against that. It's difficult in away games, you need to be more on your guard.
"They have added Sheridan and he's scored the majority of their goals, so it's another threat we have to deal with. Hopefully we can go there and play the sort of football we are capable of.
"Their manager's comments the last time they played here, I don't know if they were aimed at us, but it was a bit disrespectful. We can play football but we can also mix it up a bit."
County are still without midfielders Paul Lawson and Russell Duncan. Lawson has a hamstring injury while Duncan is still short of fitness following injury.
Mark Corcoran is back in training following a groin problem but is not likely to feature.
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