Next Game

Hearts v Arbroath

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 19:45

Scot League Cup First Round

Plaudits for Boyd after win

Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston again hailed the contribution of striker Kris Boyd after his brace in the 4-2 victory over Hearts.

Last Updated: 08/03/14 at 18:45 Post Comment

Allan Johnston: Kilmarnock boss heaped praise on Kris Boyd

Allan Johnston: Kilmarnock boss heaped praise on Kris Boyd

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

An own goal from Hearts captain Danny Wilson and a Michael Gardyne strike either side of Boyd's double were enough to see off the bottom side, who rallied through Dale Carrick and Sam Nicholson.

The victory eases Kilmarnock's relegation play-off fears, and Johnston was delighted with the performance of the 30-year-old, who is enjoying his second spell at Rugby Park.

Johnston said: "He seems to be getting better with age, doesn't he?

"I was here the first time he was here and I think he's actually playing better than he was then before he moved on.

"So that just shows you the type of form he is in and he's a massive player for us, in his general all-round play and his goal scoring."

Johnston also praised Boyd for carving out the crucial second goal, beating Jamie Hamill to a loose ball before holding off the Hearts midfielder to finish low past Jamie MacDonald.

"He's strong as well," Johnston said. "He's used his strength to hold him off and it's typical Boydy; you give him a chance and he scores. He's always in the right position."

Hearts manager Gary Locke, who tried to bring Boyd to Tynecastle in the summer, agreed that the striker made the difference on the day.

"I think it was clear for all to see," said Locke. "I know him well and in the three games we've played against them this season he's been the difference between the teams. There's no doubt about that.

"There's no point in looking to the past but he was certainly a player I would have loved to have brought to Hearts.

"Obviously the summer put paid to that with everything that went on. But I think you saw there that he's got a lot of qualities and he's been the difference between the two teams."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Mourinho scuppered Reds' Costa move

A new biography has revealed how Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool's bid to sign Diego Costa - a year before he arrived in west London.

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Louis van Gaal to decide between Jones and Smalling

Louis van Gaal has revealed that he will choose between Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for the final place in his back four.

Mail Box

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company