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Friday 18 April 2014

Heffernan announces his return with super brace

PAUL HEFFERNAN announced his return from injury with a bang at the weekend as he fired Kilmarnock up to fourth in the SPL.

The Newtown man put his injury crisis to bed as his double put a stubborn Ross County away and the striker warned SPL defences that he isn't even close to firing on all cylinders yet.

Heffernan has spent the best part of a year sidelined due to a hip injury, thigh injury and broken collarbone but on Saturday he was awarded his first start for also nine months and he grabbed it with both hands; opening the scoring on 67 minutes before cementing victory when making it 3-0 with eight minutes to spare.

Speaking after the match, the 30-year-old remained very modest about his brace and admitted that he is still not back to his best.

'It was great to get the win and a couple of goals were nice too.

'I still don't feel 100 per cent yet but the more minutes I get, the fitter I will be.

'It is down to match fitness as training is not the same as first-team action.

"We had a lot of chances in the first half but their 'keeper made some fine saves.

'It was not looking like our day but the first goal was massive. It was a great cross- it was put right on my head so I couldn't miss really. We ran out comfortable winners after that.'

Heffernan, who joined Killie on a free transfer from Doncaster Rovers, broke the deadlock when he headed home from a free kick and then he added his second on 82 minutes; latching onto Cillian Sheridan's long pass before lashing home.

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