Kilmarnock 0 - 1 Hearts

Match info: Scottish Premier at Rugby Park

Date: 20/04/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: C Murray Att: 3,572

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers




John Sutton 4

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: April 20 2013, 18:41 BST

Post-match reaction to Hearts' 1-0 victory over Kilmarnock.

Shiels: Boos show heightened expectations
Shiels: Boos show heightened expectations

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels claimed he was happy to hear his team booed off by some fans following a 1-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat by Hearts at Rugby Park.

Killie were ultimately undone by John Sutton's fifth-minute goal and Shiels was critical of centre-back Mo Sissoko for his part in the winner.

They struggled in the first half but stepped up after goalkeeper Cammy Bell gave them a lifeline by saving Ryan Stevenson's penalty.

Kris Boyd missed a free header and forced a good save from Jamie MacDonald as Kilmarnock pressed in the final 20 minutes.

Shiels said: "To get booed off at the end is brilliant. It makes me feel so good because it's testament to how far we have come - to lose 1-0 against Hearts, and unfortunately.

"That's testament to the expectations of what supporters are seeing.

"Sometimes it's frustration and I understand it. It happens to all of us in our work and what we do."

Shiels was himself frustrated by Sissoko's failure to cut out the diagonal ball that allowed Michael Ngoo to set up Sutton for the goal.

"Everybody starts at three o'clock, he starts at 10 past," Shiels said. "He deserves criticism. He went to sleep.

"A lot of people said it was offside, I don't know. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't, but they scored early and got the result."

Shiels added: "We were the better team in the second half but Hearts dug in.

"The shape was much better in the second half and we created chances for the forwards but we just didn't finish. We didn't get the rubs but we have gone to Tynecastle and got the rubs.

"In life in general you have to take defeat on the chin and realise it's not going to be your day."

Hearts manager Gary Locke was delighted to see his side secure only their second away win of the SPL season.

He said: "I thought we were on the front foot for most of the game. Coming to Rugby Park, Kilmarnock will always have a wee spell.

"But we defended really well and for me we thoroughly deserved the three points.

"We knew we could go two points behind Kilmarnock and they are the team we are trying to catch in seventh place."

Locke praised the performance of midfielder Darren Barr, who returned from injury to start two days after being told he would not be offered a new contract.

"Darren is a magnificent professional, everybody knows the financial situation at the club.

"I'm disappointed but I have no qualms putting Darren in.

"I know how good a professional he is and what he contributes to the team and I thought he was magnificent today."

When asked if the decision on Barr's future was more to do with finances than football, Locke said: "Probably, you could say that, but I don't really want to go into that.

"I just want to concentrate on a really good away performance, one we have not had many of this year."

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