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Kilmarnock Paatelainen questions Eremenko red card

Marius Zaliukas and Alexei Eremenko
Eremenko was sent off after scoring Kilmarnock's second goal

Kilmarnock boss Mixu Paatelainen was "disappointed" by the decision to send Alexei Eremenko off against Hearts.

Eremenko scored in Killie's win but saw red after a clash with Hearts' Marius Zaliukas and David Templeton.

"Who is actually the offender there? I thought it was the other way around," said Paatelainen.

"If there was a red card shown at our player, there should've been a red card shown at their player and maybe not only one, maybe two."

The incident soured Killie's 2-0 victory, the Ayrshire side's second at Tynecastle this season.

"I'm supporting referees week in, week out. I'm trying to understand their role, their job, how difficult it is," said Paatelainen. "I'm giving them my backing.

"Kilmarnock players are getting sent off for nothing and I'm starting to get a bit tired of this because I really can't understand how two or three Hearts players stayed on that pitch.

"But, if the referee doesn't see them, he doesn't see them, so how can you then knock them?"

Eremenko added Kilmarnock's second after David Silva had fired the visitors in front.

We want to keep fighting and hopefully qualify for the top six. That would be a fantastic achievement

Mixu Paatelainen

"I'm delighted," Paatelainen said. "The way we defended, we didn't allow Hearts any room at all.

"The boys had real togetherness and organisation. They took the stuff from the training ground out on the pitch and executed it magnificently.

"First half, I thought, when we attacked, we gave the ball away needlessly. Second half, we wanted to keep the ball better and we scored two goals, fantastic attacking moves.

"Both of those goals were great moves, good passing moves and good finishes."

The result took Kilmarnock up to fourth in the Scottish Premier League and they remain on course for a top-six finish.

"We're not in the top six yet," added Paatelainen. "This is a very important victory towards that.

"We want to keep fighting and hopefully qualify for the top six. That would be a fantastic achievement.

"And then, if we qualify there, we'll try and finish as high up as possible.

"We do realise that we're playing against very, very good opponents week in, week out and matches are very difficult."

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