Josh Magennis on target as Kilmarnock claim draw against Hearts

Josh Magennis
Josh Magennis

Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke told his players that their effort and application in a 2-2 draw against Hearts is what he expects every time they play at Rugby Park.

Killie fought back to earn a Ladbrokes Premiership point when Josh Magennis headed home Steven Smith’s corner 10 minutes from time.

They had taken the lead two minutes before the break when Conrad Balatoni converted a low cross from Magennis but Hearts were ahead in the 55th minute thanks to Gavin Reilly’s close-range finish and a brilliant volley from Callum Paterson.

However, Locke was pleased with his side’s display in their first home game since losing 4-0 to Aberdeen in what was their fourth heavy loss of the season at Rugby Park.

“That’s been one of the frustrating things of the season so far, our form here,” Locke said. “Today I thought we played very well, created quite a few chances and passed the ball well at times.

“We worked ever so hard without the ball and that’s what you have got to do in this league; you have to work hard all the time. If we apply ourselves like that in every game, hopefully we can pick up a few wins.

“Even at 2-1 I always felt we could create chances, which we did. From set-pieces I thought we looked quite dangerous and I was delighted to score from one.”

Locke added: “We’ve got to show that every week. The frustrating thing is it’s against the teams near the top of the league that we have done well.”