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Kilmarnock vs Hearts: Scottish Premiership – BBC Sport



Kilmarnock may have failed to beat Hearts this season, but Derek McInnes’ pre-match claims that his side have always been “decent” against the Gorgie side holds up.

McInnes opted to return to his tried and tested 4-4-2 for this one, but switched back to a 3-5-2 – effective versus St Johnstone last time out – in an attempt to overpower Steven Naismith’s men in the second half.

Despite being unable to put the ball in the net, Killie have once again shown they have a solid A and B plan prepared for any opponent.

The home side have also now gone three games without conceding and extend their unbeaten league run to six games. Impressive.

Steven Naismith mirrored McInnes’ decision to switch his system.

The Hearts manager accepted his decision to drop Alex Cochrane for the Scottish Cup semi-final may have been wrong and changed to a back three.

The visitors certainly looked to be winning the midfield battle in the first 45, prompting McInnes to switch his system to match Hearts’ shape at the break.

When it comes to individual performances, most players did enough to get pass marks – though Vargas, Grant and Kent will all rue missed chances.

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