Hearts 0 - 4 Kilmarnock

Match info: Scottish Premier at Tynecastle

Date: 26/12/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: Att: 13,684

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Hearts

0
vs
4

Kilmarnck

Kris Boyd 13,48
Chris Johnston 40
Rory McKenzie 90+0

FT (ht: 0-2)

  • Last Updated: December 26 2013, 18:52 GMT

Post-match reaction to Kilmarnock's 4-0 victory over Hearts.

Allan Johnston: Thrilled with his strikers
Allan Johnston: Thrilled with his strikers

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston lavished praise on his scorers after watching the visitors win 4-0 at Hearts.

A Kris Boyd brace sandwiched an outstanding Chris Johnston strike, and Rory McKenzie added a superb individual effort seconds from the end.

The victory was Kilmarnock's sixth on the bounce at Tynecastle and it lifted the Ayrshire outfit 21 points clear of Scottish Premiership basement strugglers Hearts.

Johnston said: "When you have those types of players you want to get them as high up the pitch as possible, you saw that with the goals they scored.

I'm delighted for Rory McKenzie, he has probably been in the shadow of Chris Johnston because Chris has scored a few goals recently but he has been doing extremely well as well.

"We're delighted for him to get a fantastic goal at the end, he thoroughly deserved it.

"Young Chris' was a wee bit special, I think I was away celebrating as I was right behind it, it was a fantastic piece of ability.

"He curled one into the top corner, it just shows you the confidence they've got with the way they're playing."

But manager Johnston was surprised that Boyd, who took his tally for the campaign to 11, did not leave with the match ball after passing up two second half chances to claim a hat-trick.

Johnston added: "It's unbelievable, Kris scored two great goals and could quite easily have scored four or five.

"He was in the positions again and that shows you the type of player he is."

Hearts have now lost their last five in all competitions ahead of Sunday's trip to St Mirren and the January 2 derby with bitter city rivals Hibernian.

Crestfallen Hearts manager Gary Locke said: "You could see there's probably one or two players there that are short on confidence but if you play here you've got to be brave, you've got to take the ball, and that was one of the disappointing things because we can pass the ball.

"But, for me, I felt there were too many times when a Hearts player had the ball that he didn't have enough options.

"It is a lack of confidence but the only way to get through that is by digging in, and we've got to do that."


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