Gary Locke blamed poor defending for Hearts' downfall as Kris Boyd's double downed the Jambos for the third time this season in Kilmarnock's 4-2 victory in today's SPFL Premiership encounter at Rugby Park.
Danny Wilson's unfortunate own-goal gave the home side the lead, before a fine finish from Dale Carrick made the scores level at half time. However, a catastrophic opening to the second half saw Boyd nab a quickfire double within the first four minutes to give Killie a comfortable lead.
Despite Sam Nicholson's excellent goal, more poor defending undid the youngster's good work as Michael Gardyne restored Kilmarnock's two-goal cushion just three minutes later.
After the match, the manager praised the team's efforts, and admitted that Kris Boyd was yet again the difference between the sides.
"The boys fought hard today. We competed a lot better than last week, and I was delighted at half time", he explained. "The first 5 minutes of the second half cost us. Kris Boyd was the difference again today, for the third game this season."
"The boys have certainly improved from earlier in the season. We did really well to get back to 3-2, and then we lost a silly 4th. I felt sorry for the boys because they put a lot into the game, and we didn't get our just reward."
The gaffer also reflected on 'what might have been', as he conceded that Boyd could have been scoring those goals in maroon, instead of blue and white, had things gone somewhat differently in the summer.
"The goal we lost after half-time was too cheap. When you scored two goals away from home you should be getting something from the game. As you know, we tried to get Kris Boyd in the summer but everything that happened put paid to that, and he was the difference again unfortunately."