April 2016

No. of Shots

11 14

Shots on Target

3 3


52% 48%

Fouls Conceded

8 9

Corners Won

5 2


Goals None

Burke 42

Killie Team

Branescu , O’Donnell, Findlay, Del Fabro, Hamalainen, Dicker, Power, El Makrini , Millar (Bruce, ’90), Brophy (Thomas, ’64), Burke (McKenzie, ’77)

Subs not used: Koprivec, Hendrie, Wilson & St. Clair. 

Attendance: 16,711

Man of the Match Vote

Match Recap

There had been selection problems for Kilmarnock, too. Before the match, Angelo Alessio revealed Osman Sow would be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury. Thankfully for Kilmarnock, Eamonn Brophy was fit enough to lead the line.

But again it would be midfielders to the fore. First an audacious volley from Gary Dicker, angled from the edge of the penalty area, whistled narrowly past the top corner. 

But better was to come before the first half was out, Niko Hamalainen with a perfect cross from the left on to the head of Burke. The effort from the veteran former Scotland international took a deflection off Jake Mulraney before bulging the net, much to the delight of the noisy Kilmarnock away support.

Hearts changed things up in the second half. They went to a back four instead of a back three, and brought an orthodox striker onto the field in the shape of Steven MacLean for midfielder Andy Irving.

The home side looked more dangerous, Meshino with an effort from 20 yards albeit comfortably saved by Laurentiu Branescu. Then a ball into the box found Michael Smith, but the defender failed to capitalise on his opportunity. 

This was fast turning into another frustrating watch for the Hearts faithful. Too often the end product was not good enough, with passes in the final third not finding their destination. Meshino found space at the edge of the box and fired a rasping effort which just cleared the bar as Hearts tried to turn up the pressure in the final 10 minutes. 

But Kilmarnock remained a threat with the electric pace of Liam Millar down the left. He played the ball into the path of Dom Thomas, but he failed to find the target.

Oliver Bozanic had a header which cleared the bar and from a corner Clevid Dikamona fired wide late on, which all rather summed Hearts up - off target. Another frustrating watch for the Gorgie fans. 

MacLean would have the ball in the net near the final whistle but referee Alan Muir had spotted a foul in the build-up. There were also shouts for handball in the box as the Hearts players appealed for a penalty, but again there was nothing doing from the officials. 


Angelo Alessio: “I am very happy because I saw a good spirit, we played with great compactness and I believe we deserved to win by full-time,  We work hard on the defensive side of our game but I still want improvements in attack. That compactness we show under pressure is good, but we simply need to score more. They were dangerous, but my team played a solid defensive line. It’s a very good result.  Everyone has been playing so well: Dario was excellent today and Bruce, who was so good last week.  I’m happy for Burkey, he has had a lot of chances to score recently. I’m thrilled that he’s been able to get the goal. I want to thank our fans because all through the game, they cheered on me and the team. Losing Eamonn is hard, but now with two weeks to recover is good. We start training again on Monday and look to see what we can do to improve.”


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