Ladbrokes Premiership | Hearts 4 - 0 Kilmarnock

Ladbrokes Premiership | Hearts 4 - 0 Kilmarnock

in Match Reports December 28, 2016

Alan Cochrane @ Tynecastle Stadium

“Very disappointing” was a grim-faced Lee Clark’s initial summary of events at the end of this match. It was a remarkably controlled summary. Kilmarnock had just been put to the sword by a rampant Heart of Midlothian. It took the home side only eight minutes to open the scoring with a scorching drive from Callum Paterson after a Hearts corner had not been properly cleared. Three minutes before the interval the score was doubled by Djoum when a cross-cum-shot from the right found its way in at the back post. Three minutes after the restart, Walker scored the third when Jamie MacDonald could only parry a Buaben shot into his path, and the same player completed the rout with almost half an hour left when he fastened onto a short back pass from Boyle, rounded the Killie keeper and walked the ball into the net.

And it could have been so much worse. Jamie MacDonald had a string of excellent saves, including from a penalty in the final minutes, there were clearances off the line, Hearts hit the frame of the goal more than once, and before the end were ripping Kilmarnock apart and destroying any semblance of order or shape in the visitors play.

Lee Clark’s summary. “We haven't done the fundamentals, we lost by four, and it could have been by more. There's been some harsh words said between the players themselves, not from me and my staff tonight. We've got to lift the players again. In the last two games we've gone back to where we were in the league cup campaign. We've lost four or five influential starting players, and it's starting to show. We keep getting heavy defeats when we come to these top six teams away from home. It looked like young boys against big men. The difference in the sides was physicality, not just good footballers but athletes, big powerful players. On tonight's showing, it looks like I’ll have to do some wheeling and dealing in the transfer window. There were good signs of progress a couple of weeks ago, but we've gone backwards a bit in the last couple of games, and I have to do something about it.”

Hearts: Hamilton, Paterson (Smith), Rherras, Rossi, Kitchen, Walker (Zanatta), Buaben (Muirhead), Djoum, Souttar, Nowak, Johnson

Kilmarnock: MacDonald, S Smith, Boyle (Webb), M Smith (Jones), Dicker, Boyd (Hawkshaw), Tyson, Adams, Coulibaly, Taylor, Wilson

Referee: Craig Thomson