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Hearts   1 - 0   Kilmarnock

Suso Santana is congratulated on his first-half goal
Suso Santana's goal clinched top-six football for Hearts at Tynecastle

By Keir Murray

Hearts ensured they will be playing in the top six of the Scottish Premier League after the split with a narrow win over disappointing Kilmarnock.

Conor Sammon headed over a Chris Maguire cross for the visitors after just two minutes then Hearts' Christian Nade had a snap shot saved.

But the hosts went ahead when Suso Santana rifled a low shot from 15 yards across Cammy Bell and into the net.

Jamie MacDonald saved Manuel Pascali's header to keep Hearts' lead intact.

The match would have been keenly followed by St Johnstone, Hearts' only remaining rival for the last top-six spot, who are due to play Aberdeen on Sunday.

They needed Kilmarnock to claim the three points at Tynecastle to give them the chance of leapfrogging Hearts with a win at Pittodrie.

With Hearts' majority shareholder, Vladimir Romanov, in the main stand, having made a surprise visit to the club's Riccarton training complex on Friday, this was a chance for those in maroon to impress.

But it was the visitors who had the first chance.

Perhaps it was too early in the game for Sammon to have found his rhythm, maybe it was the glare of the spring sunshine; in any case, when Chris Maguire's inviting cross came over, the striker nodded the ball over the bar from just a few yards out.

Burly forward Nade found himself one on one with Kilmarnock's Simon Ford at the edge of the box and showed nimble footwork to create space for a shot that was hit too directly at Cammy Bell.

Neither side was able to retain possession and, though there was plenty of effort, there were precious few chances in the first half.

One of those was created by Ruben Palazuelos, who made a good run down the left, having been set up by a clever flick from David Templeton and set up Nade.

The big striker, though, sliced the ball wide.

Hearts took the lead that would cement their place in the top six after 31 minutes.

Eggert Jonsson's shot was blocked, but the ball ricocheted to Suso Santana, who slammed the ball past Bell with a confident swipe of his right boot from 15 yards.

Maguire blew the chance to level when he hit his eight-yard volley into the turf and straight into Jamie MacDonald's arms.

Hearts winger Andrew Driver's luckless season continued when he pulled up suddenly after making a burst for the ball, apparently having pulled a hamstring or hurt his groin.

There was little in the way of goalmouth opportunities in the early part of the second half, although Bell had to be alert to punch away an inswinging corner that was set to sneak in under his crossbar.

MacDonald made a superb save from Manuel Pascali's downward header as Kilmarnock tried desperately to level the score.

Pascali's header bounced right in front of the Hearts goal line but was kept out by an acrobatic dive by the Hearts keeper.

David Templeton tried a 30-yard effort but watched in despair as his shot rose from the point it left his right boot and sailed over the Killie bar.

With Rugby Park boss Jimmy Calderwood increasingly animated on the touchline, Nade screwed a left-foot shot a yard wide of Bell's right-hand post from Laryea Kingston's corner.

Then David Obua curled in a beautiful cross from the left for Suso, whose shot was saved bravely by Bell.

Another Kingston corner gave substitute Scott Robinson the perfect chance to seal it for Hearts, but he hoofed the ball over the bar with two minutes remaining.

However, Hearts held on, much to the delight of the home support and their guests at Tynecastle will have to endure a relegation battle with Falkirk and St Mirren.

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Saturday, 10 April 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hearts 1-0 Kilmarnock FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Suso Santana 31

    Hearts

    • 30 MacDonald
    • 03 Wallace
    • 13 Obua
    • 26 Zaliukas
    • 04 Jonsson yellow card
    • 06 Palazuelos
    • 07 Suso Santana yellow card (Thomson 84)
    • 08 Black
    • 10 Kingston
    • 11 Driver (Templeton 33)
    • 14 Nade (Robinson 76)

    Substitutes

    • 28 Ridgers,
    • 21 Ismael Bouzid,
    • 46 Thomson,
    • 18 Novikovas,
    • 22 Elliot,
    • 24 Templeton,
    • 55 Robinson

    Kilmarnock

    • 13 Bell
    • 02 Clancy
    • 03 Hay
    • 04 Fowler
    • 06 Ford
    • 08 Pascali
    • 10 Taouil (Flannigan 45)
    • 25 Severin
    • 09 Russell yellow card (Invincibile 84)
    • 18 Sammon (Burchill 45 yellow card)
    • 28 Maguire

    Substitutes

    • 01 Combe,
    • 14 Old,
    • 11 Invincibile,
    • 12 Skelton,
    • 19 Flannigan,
    • 22 Kelly,
    • 27 Burchill
    Ref: NorrisAtt: 14,015
    HEARTS
    KILMARNOCK

    Possession

    • Hearts 51%
    • Kilmarnock 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Hearts 5
    • Kilmarnock 3

    Attempts off target

    • Hearts 8
    • Kilmarnock 4

    Corners

    • Hearts 8
    • Kilmarnock 5

    Fouls

    • Hearts 16
    • Kilmarnock 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:54 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+2:37 The referee blows for offside against Daniele Invincibile. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 90:00+1:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christopher Maguire by Eggert Jonsson. Christopher Maguire takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:29 The offside flag is raised against Daniele Invincibile. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 90:00+1:06 Daniele Invincibile has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 89:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Thomson by Tim Clancy. Laryea Kingston restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:02 Unfair challenge on Ian Black by Christopher Maguire results in a free kick. Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:01 Corner taken by Laryea Kingston, Scott Robinson takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.
    • 84:44 Shot from close range by Simon Ford misses to the right of the goal.
    • 83:11 Garry Hay takes the free kick.
    • 83:11 Substitution Daniele Invincibile is brought on as a substitute for Allan Russell.
    • 83:11 Substitution Craig Thomson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Suso Santana.
    • 83:11 Booking Suso Santana booked.
    • 83:07 Suso Santana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christopher Maguire.
    • 82:22 Outswinging corner taken by Laryea Kingston, Simon Ford manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:49 Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
    • 81:49 Booking Eggert Jonsson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 81:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garry Hay by Eggert Jonsson.
    • 80:55 David Obua sends in a cross, Shot by Suso Santana. Save by Cameron Bell.
    • 80:43 Eggert Jonsson crosses the ball, Simon Ford manages to make a clearance.
    • 80:02 A cross is delivered by Christopher Maguire, save by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 78:19 David Templeton produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
    • 75:37 Substitution Scott Robinson on for Christian Nade.
    • 75:25 Shot from just outside the box by Tim Clancy misses to the right of the goal.
    • 75:01 Corner taken right-footed by Iain Flannigan, save by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 74:26 Outswinging corner taken by Iain Flannigan, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
    • 74:10 Centre by Tim Clancy, Eggert Jonsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:42 The official flags David Obua offside. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:58 Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
    • 71:58 Booking Caution for Mark Burchill.
    • 71:54 Laryea Kingston fouled by Mark Burchill, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 70:19 Laryea Kingston takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Christian Nade produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 69:37 Foul by Eggert Jonsson on Manuel Pascali, free kick awarded. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
    • 68:11 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Laryea Kingston.
    • 65:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Templeton by James Fowler. Lee Wallace takes the direct free kick.
    • 63:55 The ball is crossed by Eggert Jonsson.
    • 63:11 Shot from outside the box by David Templeton goes wide right of the target.
    • 62:18 Ruben Palazuelos challenges James Fowler unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Fowler restarts play with the free kick.
    • 60:56 Foul by Christian Nade on Manuel Pascali, free kick awarded. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Allan Russell on Christian Nade. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 58:06 Corner taken by Iain Flannigan, clearance by Ruben Palazuelos.
    • 57:51 Corner taken by Allan Russell, clearance made by Ruben Palazuelos.
    • 57:02 Lee Wallace challenges Christopher Maguire unfairly and gives away a free kick. Iain Flannigan delivers the ball, Manuel Pascali takes a shot. Save made by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 56:03 Corner taken by Laryea Kingston from the left by-line played to the near post, Allan Russell makes a clearance.
    • 55:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Fowler on Laryea Kingston. Ian Black crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 53:59 The offside flag is raised against Christian Nade. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
    • 51:38 Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 51:38 Booking Allan Russell is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 51:25 Allan Russell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Wallace.
    • 51:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christopher Maguire by David Templeton. Tim Clancy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:48 Allan Russell is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 48:42 Ian Black has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 48:07 Allan Russell delivers the ball.
    • 46:44 Laryea Kingston produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
    • 46:02 Scott Severin challenges David Obua unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:02 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00 Substitution Iain Flannigan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mehdi Taouil.
    • 45:00 Substitution Mark Burchill on for Conor Sammon.
    • 40:34 Christopher Maguire takes a shot. Save made by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 40:05 David Obua concedes a free kick for a foul on Garry Hay. Garry Hay takes the direct free kick.
    • 39:14 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Laryea Kingston, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
    • 39:10 The ball is swung over by Christian Nade, blocked by Simon Ford.
    • 38:22 Scott Severin sends in a cross, clearance made by Suso Santana.
    • 38:00 Ruben Palazuelos is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Tim Clancy.
    • 36:38 Christian Nade produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 34:01 Ian Black challenges Conor Sammon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Garry Hay from right channel.
    • 33:27 David Obua gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Ford. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
    • 32:17 Substitution (Hearts) makes a substitution, with David Templeton coming on for Andrew Driver.
    • 30:54 GOAL - Suso SantanaHearts 1 - 0 Kilmarnock Suso Santana scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 1-0 Kilmarnock.
    • 26:40 Foul by Simon Ford on Christian Nade, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Laryea Kingston from right channel, save by Cameron Bell.
    • 25:10 Christopher Maguire fouled by Christian Nade, the ref awards a free kick. Christopher Maguire delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
    • 24:32 Christopher Maguire takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Ruben Palazuelos.
    • 23:34 Mehdi Taouil fouled by David Obua, the ref awards a free kick. Garry Hay restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:48 Scott Severin takes a shot. Allan Russell gets a block in.
    • 21:55 The assistant referee flags for offside against Christian Nade. Free kick taken by Simon Ford.
    • 21:41 Conor Sammon fouled by Ian Black, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Ford takes the free kick.
    • 20:37 Ian Black sends in a cross, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
    • 19:28 Centre by Lee Wallace, Shot on goal by Christian Nade from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 16:53 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andrew Driver from the right by-line, comfortable save by Cameron Bell.
    • 16:40 Suso Santana takes a shot. Simon Ford gets a block in.
    • 12:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mehdi Taouil on Eggert Jonsson. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 12:08 The ball is delivered by Andrew Driver, clearance by Tim Clancy.
    • 11:10 Andrew Driver takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Simon Ford makes a clearance.
    • 11:06 Andrew Driver sends in a cross, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
    • 9:00 Unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil by Marius Zaliukas results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Garry Hay from left channel. The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.
    • 5:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mehdi Taouil on Suso Santana. The ball is crossed by Andrew Driver, Suso Santana takes a shot. Simon Ford gets a block in.
    • 4:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Laryea Kingston by Allan Russell. Laryea Kingston takes the direct free kick.
    • 3:43 The ball is delivered by Ian Black.
    • 2:26 Christian Nade takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Cameron Bell.
    • 2:08 The ball is delivered by Christopher Maguire, Conor Sammon produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 1:23 David Obua gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Severin. Scott Severin takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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    10 Apr 2010 23:59 UK


    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 10 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 32 51 76
    2 Celtic 32 26 63
    3 Dundee Utd 32 12 58
    4 Hibernian 33 4 50
    5 Motherwell 32 2 48
    6 Hearts 33 -7 44
    7 St Johnstone 32 -6 38
    8 Hamilton 33 -14 36
    9 Aberdeen 32 -13 34
    10 Kilmarnock 33 -18 29
    11 St Mirren 33 -13 28
    12 Falkirk 33 -24 28

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