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Kilmarnock suffer a heavy defeat by Hearts in a crucial encounter at the bottom end of the Scottish Premiership.

4 May 2014 Last updated at 14:33

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  1. 17:05: 

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    Allan Johnston, Kilmarnock manager

    "That's embarrassing, getting beat 5-0. It's not good enough. It just looked as though they had that wee extra spark than us. There's got to be a response. Confidence is fragile."

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    T Doyle: "Ooft! 5-0 win for hearts, a confident performance. Shame it didn't come earlier in the season #bbcsportscot."

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    Al: "Could be an eventful AGM tomorrow night for Killie."

    Gary Locke, Hearts manager

    "It was a great result and a great performance. Really happy for the supporters because that's the kind of performance that they deserve."

    Hearts players celebrating It was a comfortable win for Hearts
  7. 16:53: 

    St Mirren are now safe as they cannot finish 11th.

  8. 16:49: 
    FULL-TIME- Hearts 5-0 Kilmarnock

    A tremendous performance from Hearts to inflict Kilmarnock's heaviest defeat of the season. The Ayrshire remain in the dreaded relegation play-off place and could yet join Hearts in the Championship next season.

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    Anonymous: "The official reason for sacking Kenny Shiels was for finishing 9th. On that precedent Allan Johnston must go."

  10. 16:46: 

    Jamie Hamill's powerful shot is blocked by the Killie defence.

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    Graeme Heggie: "Killie v Hibs next weekend could be some game. Could be winner takes all #bbcsportscot."

  12. 16:44: 

    Final change of the match. Hat-trick scorer Ryan Stevenson hands over the captain's armband to replacement Jamie Hamill.

  13. 16:42: 

    Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald claims the ball after Craig Slater fires in a shot for Kilmarnock.

  14. 16:38: 

    Kilmarnock are on course for their heaviest defeat of the season.

  15. 16:35: 

    Dale Carrick comes off for Hearts, Gary Oliver comes on.

  16. 16:34: 

    The game has quietened down in the last few minutes. Hearts more than comfortable with their lead.

  17. 16:29: 

    Now Hearts make a change. Billy King is replaced by David Smith.

  18. 16:28: 

    A number of Kilmarnock fans have already left the ground. A fourth defeat on the bounce is on the cards.

  19. 16:26: 

    Kris Boyd makes way in Kilmarnock's third and final substitution, William Gros coming on.

  20. 16:25: 

    A long range effort from Manuel Pascali is well off target. It's just not been Kilmarnock's day.

  21. 16:21: 

    A little over 25 minutes left at Tynecastle. Hearts look hungry for even more goals, Killie would probably take the full-time whistle now.

  22. 16:20: 

    Another alteration for the visitors with Lee Ashcroft on for Rory McKenzie.

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    Anonymous: "You may win nothing with youth. But I think Hearts fans can go down with massive pride in what this young side has done this season. I hope they can keep them together as this side would compete for top 3 with maybe a few extras players. Massive pride in the Jambos."

  24. 16:18: 
    Michael Stewart, Former Hearts captain on Sportsound

    "Kilmarnock do not have a back line in place. It's absolutely frightening."

  25. 16:16: 
    GOAL- Hearts 5-0 Kilmarnock (Paterson)

    Callum Paterson throws himself at a Ryan Stevenson cross and makes the connection to stretch Hearts' lead.

  26. 16:16: 

    Kilmarnock have made the first change of the match with Alexei Eremenko coming on for Robbie Muirhead.

    Billy Dodds, BBC Radio Scotland

    "Once he gets there, he just absolutely blitzes it into the far corner. Game over. This is where it does get worrying for Kilmarnock, there could be more goals."

  28. 16:12: 
    GOAL- Hearts 4-0 Kilmarnock (King)

    Ryan Stevenson releases Billy King on goal and the youngster rifles the ball past Craig Samson for goal number four.

  29. 16:10: 

    Ryan Stevenson comes close to a fourth goal when his latest shot hits the outside of the post.

    Michael Stewart, Former Hearts captain on Sportsound

    "Kris Boyd's cutting a lonely figure up there and no wonder."

  31. 16:06: 

    This is a big second half for Kilmarnock. Getting a positive result may be beyond them but avoiding an even heavier defeat may prove crucial in terms of confidence and goal difference.

  32. 16:03: 

    And the match resumes.

  33. 16:01: 

    Second half about to get started.

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    Anonymous: "You have to see Stevenson's 3rd goal. He sent a 40 yrd pass to King then made up ground to meet the cross in the box. Class."

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    Claire: "Killie are a shambles .. AJ must go!! Hearts are ripping us to shreds .. #bbcsportscot"

  36. 15:50: 
    As it stands
    The bottom half of the Scottish Premiership table as it stands The bottom half of the Scottish Premiership table makes worrying reading for Kilmarnock at this stage
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    Alastair, Glasgow: "Allan Johnston gets it totally wrong again. He'll be looking for a new club in a few weeks I reckon."

    Ben: "Killie's 21 years in top division coming to an end with a whimper. What a shambles."

    Scott, Hurlford: "Allan Johnston should be ashamed that a Hearts youth side minus 15 points are going to finish above Killie."

  38. 15:49: 
    HALF-TIME- Hearts 3-0 Kilmarnock

    And that third Stevenson goal rounds off an excellent first half for Hearts and a miserable one for Kilmarnock.

  39. 15:47: 
    GOAL- Hearts 3-0 Kilmarnock (Stevenson, hat-trick)

    Ryan Stevenson spreads the ball out to Billy King and then gets on the end of the youngster's cross to complete his hat-trick and put Hearts three up.

  40. 15:43: 

    Killie's Chris Johnston goes down following a challenge from Callum Paterson but no penalty award is forthcoming from Calum Murray.

    Billy Dodds, BBC Radio Scotland

    "If Kilmarnock don't get a goal before half-time, you really fear for them."

  42. 15:37: 

    Kris Boyd blasts in a shot that draws a save from Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

  43. 15:34: 

    Victory for Hearts would be their fourth on the trot and reduce the gap between themselves and Kilmarnock to 11 points, with Hearts having started the season with a 15-point deduction due to being in administration.

    Ryan Stevenson celebrates after scoring for Hearts against Kilmarnock Stevenson has been in sparkling form in the first half at Tynecastle
  45. 15:28: 

    It's been a miserable first half for Killie and Hearts threaten to make it worse when they win another free-kick in a dangerous area but Ryan Stevenson hammers against the wall on this occasion.

  46. 15:26: 
    GOAL- Hearts 2-0 Kilmarnock (Stevenson)

    Hearts have a second goal and it's Ryan Stevenson again, this time with a low drilled left-foot strike.

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    Chris in Stirling: "There can be no doubt that the introduction of the play-offs has been a success. The fact the whole of the bottom six can still go down is fantastic from a neutral point of view and more to come with the actual play-off fixtures ahead."

  48. 15:23: 

    Can Allan Johnston turn this around or will Kilmarnock go into their penultimate league fixture against St Mirren on Wednesday still sitting second bottom.

  49. 15:18: 

    Kris Boyd stumbles at the crucial moment as Kilmarnock get into a the Hearts penalty box. It's been a better spell for the visitors since they fell behind.

  50. 15:16: 

    Now Kilmarnock have a free-kick and Sammy Clingan steps up but his effort is poor.

  51. 15:14: 

    Hearts are on the offensive again almost straight away and Sam Nicholson goes down in the Kilmarnock box but the consensus is the midfielder slipped.

  52. 15:13: 
    GOAL- Hearts 1-0 Kilmarnock (Stevenson)

    It's been coming and Ryan Stevenson fires home a free-kick to give Hearts the lead.

    Billy Dodds, BBC Radio Scotland

    "Hearts are in the mood."

  54. 15:09: 

    Kris Boyd is usually Kilmarnock's main threat in the opposition but on this occasion the striker makes a couple of important headed clearances as Hearts press.

  55. 15:07: 

    Neither Sammy Clingan's corner nor Craig Slater's later delivery into the box can bother the Hearts rearguard.

  56. 15:06: 

    Kilmarnock's last win was at the end of March. Three 2-1 defeats followed in April.

  57. 15:04: 

    More pressure from Hearts and Ryan Stevenson turns and shoots but a deflection takes the sting out of the shot and Craig Samson gathers.

  58. 15:03: 

    Hearts press early and Ryan Stevenson goes in on goalkeeper Craig Samson but Killie survive.

  59. 15:02: 

    The match is underway.

  60. 15:00: 

    A minute's silence takes place for the late Sandy Jardine, the former Hearts player and co-manager. Today is Hearts' first home game since Jardine passed away.

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    Issac Callan: "#bbcsportscot Sadly I think I'm not the only Hibs fan rooting for a Hearts win today."

    Matt Herd: "It may be midnight in Oz but I'm having to stay up...too nervous to sleep! C'mon killie!! #bbcsportscot"

  62. 14:54: 

    Let's have a closer look at those team line-ups. Hearts have an unchanged starting line-up following last week's Edinburgh derby win over Hibernian.

    Sammy Clingan makes his first Kilmarnock start in two months. Chris Johnstone, Craig Slater and Robbie Muirhead also come in. Alexei Eremenko and Lee Ashcroft drop to the bench while Jackson Irvine and Michael Gardyne miss out altogether.

  63. 14:51: 

    Kilmarnock have won all three of their meetings with Hearts so far this season, scoring 10 goals in the process.

  64. 14:50: 

    Should Kilmarnock lose, St Mirren will be safe as at least one of Hibs, Kilmarnock and Ross County would be unable to finish above the Paisley side.

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    Here are the thoughts of Tom in Paisley: "There's a scenario where Killie could finish on 39 points, Hibs, Partick, Ross County and St Mirren all on 38 with Saints finishing 11th on goal difference by one goal."

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  67. 14:45: 

    St Mirren's victory over Ross County allied to Hibernian's draw with Partick Thistle has heaped pressure on Killie, who find themselves occupying the dreaded second-bottom place. A draw would move them above County on goal difference while a win would take Johnston's side up to eighth.

    Allan Johnston, Kilmarnock manager

    "I used to love playing here. The crowd are right on top of you and it should be a great occasion. We've got a few changes, we're trying to freshen things up."

    Gary Locke, Hearts manager

    "I think it'll go right down to the wire (the relegation play-off race). The good thing is we've got a part to play with three games left and we'll be looking to win all three."

  70. 14:40: 

    The referee at Tynecastle is Calum Murray.

  71. 14:39: 

    Hearts: MacDonald, Paterson, McGowan, Wilson, McHattie, Carrick, Robinson, Holt, King, Stevenson, Nicholson. Subs: Hamill, Ridgers, Walker, McKay, Smith, Oliver, McGhee.

    Kilmarnock: Samson, Barbour, Pascali, Maksimenko, Tesselaar, McKenzie, Slater, Clingan, Johnston, Muirhead, Boyd. Subs: Fowler, Nicholson, Gros, Reguero, Moberg Karlsson, Eremenko, Ashcroft.

  72. 14:38: 

    The Tynecastle side are facing up to playing in the Championship next season after their relegation was confirmed last month but they are on a run of three straight wins.

  73. 14:36: 

    But they will have their work cut out against a Hearts side unbeaten since March.

  74. 14:35: 

    Victory for the Ayrshire side would lift them off the Scottish Premiership's relegation play-off spot.

  75. 14:33: 

    Just the one game today, but it's a huge one for Kilmarnock as they visit Hearts.

  76. 14:31: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to this afternoon's live Scottish football coverage.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 04 May 2014 UK

Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Celtic 36 75 95
No movement 2 Aberdeen 36 14 65
No movement 3 Motherwell 36 2 64
No movement 4 Dundee Utd 36 19 58
No movement 5 Inverness CT 36 -1 54
No movement 6 St Johnstone 36 8 52
No movement 7 St Mirren 36 -18 38
No movement 8 Hibernian 36 -18 35
No movement 9 Partick Thistle 36 -20 35
No movement 10 Ross County 36 -20 34
No movement 11 Kilmarnock 36 -23 33
No movement 12 Hearts 36 -18 22