Hearts 0-1 Kilmarnock: Ross Millen makes his mark

Hearts 0-1 Kilmarnock: Ross Millen makes his mark

in Match Reports November 10, 2018

Ross Millen marked his Scottish Premiership debut with a wonderful winner as Killie claimed a wonderful 1-0 over Hearts at Tynecastle.

The full-back, who was in for the injured Stephen O'Donnell, made his mark with a powerful strike that went through the body of Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal.

Millen was one of three changes with Dan Bachmann replacing Jamie MacDonald in goals while Mikael Ndjoli replaced Jordan Jones.

After a beautifully observed minute's silence to mark those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War I and World War II, the action started in front of over 17,000 supporters in Gorgie.

Chris Burke almost gave Killie the lead after only two minutes when he was played in by Aaron Tshibola but his shot was saved by Zlamal.

Craig Wighton struck the side netting for the hosts but despite launching crosses into the penalty area the visitors held firm.

Just before the break Bachmann had to rush from his goal to deny Ben Garuccio after the Hearts left back had found space just inside the area. 

Kris Boyd came close with a curling free-kick which nearly found some space at Zlamal's near post but the contest remained concentrated in the midfield area with Peter Haring looking lively for Hearts.

In a tight and tense affair, Killie made the breakthrough after 73 minutes.

A counter attack found Chris Burke in the centre of the box and he played in the onrushing Millen who struck his shot straight and true past Zlamal.

The goal sparked wild scenes of jubilation among the 1,115 Killie supporters in the Roseburn Stand as our number 22 ripped off his shirt in joy.

Dan Bachmann again had to be alert to weather a late storm of pressure from the league leaders but some excellent defending saw Killie hold out to claim an important victory heading into the international break.

Kilmarnock: Bachmann; Millen, Broadfoot, Findlay, Taylor; Power, Dicker, Tshibola, Burke (McKenzie), Ndjoli (Wilson), K.Boyd (Jones) 

Attendance: 17, 417