Ladbrokes Premiership | Kilmarnock 0 - 0 Hearts

Ladbrokes Premiership | Kilmarnock 0 - 0 Hearts

in Match Reports April 14, 2017

Alan Cochrane @ Rugby Park

“Up to the 40th minute that's the worst we've played since I've been interim manager.” Lee McCulloch obviously saw something in the final five minutes of the first half that others missed.

During that first period, there was not one shot on target from either side. Goncalves had a weak effort trickle wide, Longstaff shot over after reasonable build up play, but that was it. The goal frames, nets and goalkeepers could have been left in the cupboards under the stands for all the use they got. The management team were obviously as frustrated as the supporters, illustrated by making a change in the first half bringing on Hawkshaw for Martin Smith, and as the gaffer said, “We had a bit of a go at half time.” Then there was a change.

Kilmarnock were much more positive from the start of the second half, both in setup and attitude. It was still no classic, but Killie were now snapping at Hearts and creating chances. Roberts, Longstaff, Hendrie and Boyd all had efforts on goal, and the attacking 4-3-3 formation gave the visitors all sorts of trouble, and few chances to get out of their own half. Goncalves had a weak header easily saved by Woodman, and substitute Choulay had a shot deflected for a corner, but Kilmarnock drove the match right to the end. Boyd had a free kick from outside the box beat the wall but go just the wrong side of the post, and then right at the end stretched for a cross from Taylor, but only managed to head wide.

“Perhaps we showed Hearts too much respect in the first half, but the character of the boys showed in the second half. The way we passed the ball I thought we were the better team in the second half. I have to be pleased with the point, and another clean sheet.” Once again, the manager left the press conference smiling.
Ian Cathro wasn't quite so sanguine. “"Kilmarnock came out in the second half with more aggression, the game became quicker, more “Scottish”, and it swung it a little bit. We came here to win, and we’re frustrated that we didn't do that.”

Kilmarnock: Woodman, Ajer, Jones, Hendrix, Dicker, Roberts (Frizzell), Longstaff (Kiltie), Smith (Hawkshaw), Taylor, Boyd, Wilson

Hearts: Hamilton, Tziolis, Kitchen, Walker (Martin), Buaben (Currie), Djoum, Cowie (Choulay), Nowak, Smith, Struna, Goncalves

Referee: Evan Anderson




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