ROSS MILLEN crowned his Premiership debut with an extraordinary winner, as Kilmarnock added to the recent Hearts problems.
The full-back was offered a rare opportunity to shine when Scotland star Stephen O & # 39; Donnell suffered a hamstring injury.
And the former man from Queen Park definitely made the most of the situation, while his loving effort in the middle of the second half set up a pulsating bout at Tynecastle.
Hearts can be considered a bit unlucky as they have created a myriad of possibilities to take something from a terrifying game.
Zdenek Zlamal 6
Michael Smith 6
Clevid Dikamona 7
Jimmy Dunne 7
Ben Garuccio 6
Callumn Morrison 6
Olly Lee 6
Peter Haring 6
Arnold Djoum 7
Craig Wighton 6
Steven MacLean 7
SOTTOS: Anthony McDonald (Morrison, 69) 3, Sean Clare (MacLean, 81) 2, Demetri Mitchell (Garuccio, 85) 2.
Reservations: Haring, Wighton
Daniel Bachmann 7
Ross Millen 7
Kirk Broadfoot 7
Stuart Findlay 7
Greg Taylor 6
Chris Burke 6
Alan Power 8
Gary Dicker 6
Aaaron Tshibola 6
Mikael Ndjoli 6
Kris Boyd 6
SOTTOS: Rory McKenzie (Burke, 75) 3, Jordan Jones (Boyd, 79) 3, Iain Wilson (Ndjoli, 90) 1.
MAN OF THE MATCH
There was no shortage of contenders with Arnold Djoum adding a real touch of subtlety to a hectic encounter.
The international Cameroon issued a class for Hearts as did central defender Clevid Dikamona. But Killie's Alan Power just touched the pair with a midfield display of all actions.
The Irishman was immense in the engine, winning every tackle and using the ball intelligently.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The competition is perhaps not of the highest standards, but Don Robertson is emerging as one of the country's most successful whistles.
He goes about his business in silence, but effectively.
He did not miss a grip all afternoon and was ideally positioned to make the right call on three penalties. Another great place when you book Garuccio for diving. 8
MEN IN ORGANIC
Now there are four without a win – including three losses – for Craig Levein, but he could not have asked much more for his team, which has lost many chances.
Steve Clarke made a series of changes to the team he lost in Aberdeen last weekend and got his reward.
But they have not been able to convert any of them since their streak without wins has been extended to four games.
The Jambos, who have been the league's top scorers since the first day of the season, have still clung to first place, but will be deposed if Celtic wins in Livingston this afternoon.
Killie's boss Steve Clarke has reshuffled his pack following Sunday's home loss against Aberdeen and Jamie McDonald by surprise.
The goalkeeper was drafted into the Scottish team this week, although he was relegated to the bench with Daniel Bachmann.
There was not even a place to start Jordan Jones, with Mikael Ndjoli starting his first start in August. But his bold choices were liked.
After staying behind in six of his last seven games, Clarke had stressed the need for his team to be quicker to get out of the traps.
And his instructions were almost completed in the first-minute letter when Aaron Tshibola sent for Chris Burke.
But the small wing destroyed his efforts directly against Zdenek Zlamal when he should really open the scoring.
At the other end, Hearts had a lowered penalty – the right call by referee Don Robertson – when Steven MacLean fell under a challenge from Kris Boyd.
The Jambos have also made a series of changes to their line-up with the boss Craig Levein has admitted he was wrong tactics and the staff in the 5-0 against Parkhead the last time.
Ben Garrucio, Olly Lee, Callumn Morrison and Craig Wighton were the men to come with Demetri Mitchell, Sean Clare, Harry Cochrane and Jake Mulraney who got lost.
In a fast-paced skipper Peter Haring came close to breaking the deadlock in ten minutes with a 20-yard rake that jumped a few inches from the post.
Halfway through the lap, Wighton had two glorious occasions in 30 seconds.
The young striker could not connect with MacLean's cross before bending a shot just wide of Bachmann's left post.
By half-hour Jambos had another request for a penalty when MacLean hit the deck after challenging with Stuart Findlay, but once again Robertson made the right call by waving the game.
It simply did not stop in the pace of the race as the interval approached with both parties who had the opportunity to move on.
The first fell on Killie when a terrifying race from inside his half saw Ndjoli enter the box and shoot a little.
And then a sublime step by Arnold Djoum stood perfectly for the exaggerated Garuccio.
However, he was denied what seemed to be a certain goal for the brilliance of Bachmann, who ran from his lie to make a sensational block.
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After the break, Boyd approaches with a free kick and then Jimmy Dunne heads towards the finish line as the odds keep coming.
Ndjoli was close to trying his luck at 55, when he was cleverly fired up by Boyd – but once again he fired his shot wide of the target.
Shortly thereafter Hearts finally had the ball on the net when MacLean launched into a dense penalty area to prod a kick-off in Dunne just for the Graham Chambers linesman for offside.
The law of averages suggested that eventually a goal would arrive and it did so in the 72nd minute.
A move by Killie led Greg Taylor to shoot a ball from left to Burke, who took a twist and played on Millen's path.
The defender stabilized and then fired a 16-meter low shot under Zlamal's body.
Hearts made a final effort to snatch part of the booty when Wighton flew over Bachmann, but he kept his head in his hands while Stuart Findlay cleared the line.
WHAT THEY SAY
STEVE CLARKE saw Kilmarnock move two points from first place after beating Hearts at Tynecastle.
But the Rugby Park boss believes his team should have even better Premiership numbers this season.
Ross Millen scored the only goal of the game to push Killie into third place and condemn the leaders to the third defeat in four games.
Clarke said: "I'm happy to be back on track after last week, especially after losing a game that we did not have to have last weekend.
"It was important to get back to good defensive habits and a clean sheet.
"But I think we should have more points, I think we should be higher in the league, and I'm probably a little disappointed that our points are honest.
"But it's nice at this stage of the season to be so far from the first two and if we can get a lot more points in the next eight games during the winter break, then maybe if we do it right between now and the winter break, then we can think about tackling a serious challenge for the first six again.
"For a club like Kilmarnock it's always the priority, we have to get away from the bottom, so we have to try to cement the first six place, then it's for the supporters who dream, not for us."
Clarke was delighted by the performances of Millen and goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann, who both made their Premiership debut.
He said: "We had Daniel in August and it was fantastic, he deserved a start and showed today that he can be a great goalkeeper in the future.
"It was also very good for Ross, you have to be patient when you're under-study right in Scotland.
"He was very patient waiting for his chance, but he took it in. He defended well and came forward to bring us to the most important goal."
CRAIG LEVEIN admits that he let his hair tear off after Hearts crashed into the first seasonal defeat of the season.
The Jambos have created many opportunities to claim at least part of the booty.
But they were not able to take down a tenacious Kilmarnock with the annoyance of their manager.
Levein said: "There are many ways to lose a game, but this is the most frustrating – that you have a lot of possession and dominate the game.
"Being honest with Kilmarnock is the way they played in the past and they do it in a number of games away from home and they try to frustrate you.
"We had good football and many good opportunities, but we became frustrated instead of being patient.
"We had not lost here in what looks like a long time and leaves a bitter taste.It is important to get back in the saddle after the international break is off track and prepare to go.
Once again Levein complained about the loss of key players – Steven Naismith, Christophe Berra, John Souttar Uche Ikpeazu – who are all marginalized due to injury.
He said: "It's not just about good players that are missing, it's the strength of character that is sometimes lacking more than the player's actual quality.
"We lack people with strength of character, who have done things in the past, have faced certain situations and know how to deal with them.
"Our solutions right now are generally younger players who have not had the experience and are not hardened by the battle and ready to cope.
"But that's what it is, there's no reason to complain about luck because luck usually comes back to help when you need it."
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