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Hibernian 0-0 Kilmarnock: Hosts confirm top-six place

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Highlights: Hibernian 0-0 Kilmarnock

Hibernian ensured a top-six finish Scottish Premiership finish after a goalless draw with third-placed Kilmarnock.

Paul Heckingbottom's side remain unbeaten in the league since the head coach took over in February.

They rarely looked like scoring at Easter Road, but a point is enough to confirm they will be in the upper half after the split.

Killie are joined on 55 points by Aberdeen.

Lack of composure from both

These two had produced 20 goals in their last four meetings, but neither managed to create clear chances and did little to warm up the hardy souls who braved a chilly evening in the capital.

Other than a header from Kilmarnock defender Kirk Broadfoot that had Ofir Marciano scrambling across his goal, and a Stevie Mallan long-range effort that was straight into the arms of Daniel Bachmann, there was nothing that even came close to breaking the deadlock.

Passes were going astray from even the shortest of distances as neither side were able to get control of a packed midfield area.

Kilmarnock made a switch at the break with Kris Boyd replacing the ineffective Conor McAleny, who had little support or supply from his colleagues.

The game continued in similar fashion, though, and the busiest man on the pitch was referee Steven McLean, who had little option in dishing out five yellow cards as the players struggled for the composure that the game was screaming out for.

Kilmarnock were gifted an opportunity when Paul Hanlon was slack with a cross-field ball that was intercepted by Jordan Jones. The winger raced through on goal but his effort was brilliantly saved by the outstretched arm of Marciano.

The game was still lacking a spark but the home fans will feel they should have been awarded a penalty when Greg Taylor appeared to block a David Gray header with his elbow just six yards out, but the referee was having none of it and waived play on.

Boyd looked as surprised as anyone when he found the ball at his feet just three yards out from a corner but the former Scotland striker had no time to control and Marciano collected with ease.

The game petered out with a whimper as the fixture ended goalless for the first time since 2001.

Players applauding the support
Hibernian and Kilmarnock have scored 20 goals between them in their last four meetings

'Uncharacteristic performance' - analysis

Both sides have been excellent to watch at times this season but these performances were very uncharacteristic. Neither were able to string any passes of real purpose and other than the mistake by Hanlon, which gave Jones the clearest opportunity of the evening, the respective goalkeepers had little to trouble them.

There is still plenty for both teams to play for with bragging rights up for grabs on Saturday when Hibernian visit city rivals Hearts and Kilmarnock still on course for a European spot, but vast improvement will be required if either team are to realise any of their ambitions.

'Uncharacteristic performance' - reaction

Hibernian manager Paul Heckingbottom: "That was a tough game. We played a good side there and it was evident there was a lot of experience because they made good decisions at good times.

"If we are going to continue on a good run and play football that makes teams respect us just a little bit more, there will be a lot more teams come here and do that and make it really difficult to break down."

Kilmarnock assistant manager Alex Dyer: "We had three or four good chances in the first half where we may have made better of the situation.

"We are just wanting to finish as high as we can. We are in a good position at the moment but we will just take one game at a time and just win games."

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 2Gray
  • 5MilliganBooked at 82mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 14Mallan
  • 7HorganSubstituted forMurrayat 78'minutes
  • 8SlivkaSubstituted forMcGregorat 65'minutes
  • 40Omeonga
  • 22KamberiSubstituted forShawat 74'minutes
  • 9McNultyBooked at 60mins

Substitutes

  • 6Bartley
  • 24McGregor
  • 31Bogdan
  • 32Shaw
  • 33Murray
  • 43Mackie
  • 49Allan

Kilmarnock

  • 26Bachmann
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 17FindlayBooked at 66mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 31minsSubstituted forBurkeat 71'minutes
  • 8Dicker
  • 24MulumbuBooked at 61mins
  • 11Jones
  • 15McAlenySubstituted forBoydat 45'minutes
  • 27TshibolaBooked at 54minsSubstituted forPowerat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 4Bruce
  • 6Power
  • 9Boyd
  • 18Waters
  • 19Millar
  • 29Burke
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
16,588

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home5
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 0.

Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marc McNulty (Hibernian).

Attempt saved. Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Milligan (Hibernian).

Attempt saved. Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

Booking

Mark Milligan (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Milligan (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Fraser Murray replaces Daryl Horgan.

Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc McNulty (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Florian Kamberi.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Alan Power replaces Aaron Tshibola.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Burke replaces Rory McKenzie.

Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock).

Stephen Mallan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock).

Marc McNulty (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Darren McGregor replaces Vykintas Slivka.

Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Booking

Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock).

Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Marc McNulty (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marc McNulty (Hibernian).

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic32244471175476
2Rangers32189570244663
3Kilmarnock321510744281655
4Aberdeen32167950371355
5Hearts32155123739-250
6Hibernian321310947331449
7St Johnstone32135143242-1044
8Motherwell32134153744-743
9Livingston32118133533241
10Hamilton3273222068-4824
11St Mirren3255222360-3720
12Dundee3246222566-4118
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