Hearts 0 Kilmarnock 4: More misery for Hearts

A minute's applause was held pre-match for tragic teenager Jamie Skinner

A minute's applause was held pre-match for tragic teenager Jamie Skinner

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Hearts crashed to another demoralising defeat against a rampant Kilmarnock side inspired by hitman Kris Boyd and youngster Chris Johnston.

The Tynecastle side had hoped to hit the zero-point mark with what would have been their first home win in the league since August.

But their visitors were simply too strong on the day as they bossed most of the game on their way to an incredible sixth successive win in Gorgie.

Kilmarnock started brightly and after threatening on a couple of early occasions, they went ahead in 13 minutes when Boyd was on hand six yards out to head home a pinpoint delivery from the left from 19-year-old Johnston.

Hearts rarely looked like scoring in the first half and they fell further behind five minutes before the break when Johnston skipped away from David Smith and arced a sensational curling effort beyond the helpless Jamie MacDonald from around 25 yards out.

Things didn’t get any better for the hosts after the break as, just three minutes into the second half, Boyd slotted home Killie’s third goal after Johnston had dummied a Rory McKenzie cross into his path.

McKenzie put the icing on the cake for the visitors with a brilliant strike off the post in stoppage time.