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Match Statistics

Hearts Killie

No. of Shots

13 8

Shots on Target

6 3

Possession

62% 38%

Fouls Conceded

23 16

Corners Won

13 6

Discipline

Goals Walker (40 pen)

Balatoni (79)

 

Killie Team

Jamie MacDonald, Mark OHara , Stuart Findlay, Conrad Balatoni, Kevin McHattie , Jamie Hamill  (Kris Boyd 71), Craig Slater, Greg Kiltie, Kallum Higginbotham (Steven Smith 84 ), Tope Obadeyi  (Rory McKenzie 60), Josh Magennis

Subs Not Used: Mark Ridgers, Aaron Splaine, David Syme, Adam Frizzell

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Match Report

Grant Moore @ Tynecastle

Killie travelled to the capital on the back of two defeats, however with performances improving you would not blame any fan for being optimistic. We started well with a lot of ball possession but no chances came our way. Greg Kiltie was causing the Hearts back four problems with his non-stop livewire energy but soon the home side started to get more and more into the game.

A shot by Juanma was tipped over by MacDonald who again was to have another "man of the match" performance in the Killie shirt. The stadium came together on the 20th minute to remember 20-Year-Old Hearts fan Jay Schumacher who sadly passed away during the week, and a minute applause followed.

Balatoni, the man who would have a big say in this match brought down Osman Sow and referee John Beaton pointed straight to the spot. No complaints about the penalty after a clumsy tackle by the former Hearts and Thistle defender. Jamie Walker stepped up and fired home the spot kick to put the home side 1-0 up in the 40th minute.

Half time and it has to be said that the home side deserved their one goal lead.

The second half began and Hearts came out brightly with Nicholson going close three times, only to be denied by a fantastic Jamie MacDonald. Killie seemed to be lacking in the middle of the park, however after the hour mark we began to settle down and start playing the ball about well.

Stuart Findlay missed a glorious chance when he nodded a free header over from eight yards, but the signs were promising for an equaliser. Boyd and McKenzie came on and Rory proved to be a bright spark and should be pushing for a start against Inverness after the international break.

Killie forced a corner and the home team failed to clear their lines and the ball came out to Balatoni who drilled a crisp shot low into the net with only tem minutes on the clock remaining. Some fantastic composure shown by the new centre back.

As the game drew to a close Reilly, a late substitute for Hearts, saw red after kicking out at Stevie Smith, it was a definite red card. Killie pushed for the winner with Boyd testing Alexander but the game finished 1-1. On reflection, a fair result.

 

Comments

Gary Locke: "First 25 minutes or so, I was really pleased with the performance and, when you come to Tynecastle, you have to weather the storm a little bit and they had a few chances before half time, but we came back strongly in the second half and deservedly got the equaliser. We spoke about it at half time and it is a very very soft penalty decision against us again to be fair, but, if he doesn't make the challenge, the referee does not have a decision to make - I thought he responded really well."

 

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