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Wednesday, October 27, 1999 Published at 21:56 GMT 22:56 UK


Hearts and Killie grab a point



Hearts 2-2 Kilmarnock

Hearts and Kilmarnock both grabbed a point in a dramatic 2-2 draw at Tynecastle.

After a dull first-half, both sides slotted late goals in the final throes of what amounted to a furious battle.

Gus McPherson put Killie ahead when he hammered home Christophe Cocard's pass from 25 yards.

Colin Cameron levelled after Thomas Flogel's pass and Spanish substitute Juanjo thought he had won it for Hearts by scoring from the edge of the area.

But Cocard stunned the home crowd, when he headed in Martin Baker's injury time cross to earn the visitors a draw.

After the game, Kilmarnock manager, Bobby Williamson, slated his side's defence.

"Their equaliser was a bad goal from our point of view, it put Hearts on the front foot and their fans got right behind them."

But he was full of praise for the goal by Hearts substitute Juanjo, which most people thought would be the winner.

"There's not much you can do about that, it was a wonder goal," he said. "All credit to the boys for getting back into the game, I thought we'd lost it."

In the first half there was no indication that the game would end in such an exciting way.

Both sides struggled to compete with the elements and skilful football was an impossibility.

Slow start

Hearts came close to breaking the deadlock against the run of play in 20 minutes when a Scott Severin shot went narrowly past the post.

On the half-hour there was a welcome moment of controversy in an otherwise dull opening period, when Killie keeper Michael Watt blocked a Darren Jackson outside the box, with Hearts claiming handball.

But after consulting with his assistant, referee Jim McCluskey gave a drop-ball just outside the box.

Kilmarnock started the second half brightly and Durrant continued to pull the strings as the visitors applied pressure to the home side's goal.

It was no surprise in 64 minutes when the visitors took the lead. Killie full-back MacPherson picked up a pass from Cocard and drove a glorious 25-yard shot high into the Hearts net.

Just when the game seemed to be fizzling out for an away win Hearts equalised. Cameron picked up a Flogel pass, unmarked, 10 yards from goal. He killed the ball stone dead and curled a lovely shot past Michael Watt.

This set the game up for a grandstand finish and Hearts went all out for the winner - which they thought he had achieved when a Severin pass found Juanjo free on the edge of the Killie box.

The little winger took a touch and smashed it past the helpless Watt. But there was more drama to follow. With the crowd whistling for the final whistle Cocard was on the end of a Martin Baker cross to head the equaliser from three yards out.



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