Killie finish well to defeat Hearts

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Kilmarnock struck twice in three second-half minutes to end their four-game losing streak in emphatic style with a 3-0 win at Hearts.

Frazer Wright headed Kilmarnock into the lead in the second minute of first-half stoppage time before goals from Conor Sammon and Alexei Eremenko saw the visitors earn a third Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory of the season and climb off the foot of the table.

Hearts, in particular former Killie manager Jim Jefferies and striker Kevin Kyle, were left frustrated as the hosts struggled to apply the finishing touch and saw their two-game winning run ended.

After seven minutes, Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello was at full stretch to deny Mehdi Taouil, who had cut inside from the left and hit a fierce right-foot shot. Manuel Pascali was then booked for a rash challenge on Suso Santana as Hearts launched a counter attack from the resulting corner.

Referee Stevie O'Reilly booked Eremenko for diving on the edge of the penalty area before Killie broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time.

Jamie Hamill's free-kick was met by an unmarked Wright, who headed into the net above Kello.

Mahamadou Sissoko, who marshalled Kyle well all afternoon, headed an Eremenko corner over before Killie netted a second after 80 minutes.

A long ball from Hamill down the right allowed Sammon to sneak around the Hearts defence and beat Kello with a well-placed shot.

Eremenko curled a third into the top corner two minutes later as Hearts' defence failed to deal with a long ball forward.

Stephen Elliott had an effort saved by Cameron Bell but the Killie goalkeeper was not to be beaten as the visitors bounced back from their woeful run with a convincing victory.

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Mehdi Taouil
Frazer Wright
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Jamie Hamill
Kevin Kyle
Stephen Elliott
Cameron Bell

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