Livingston Reaction: Robbie Neilson

29 January 2023

The Jambos were contained by the Lions to a 0-0 stalemate at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Whilst pleased with how his team repelled Livingston, the Hearts boss conceded he was frustrated not to have put chances away on a blustery afternoon in West Lothian. 

"Look, it was always going to be a difficult game," he told Hearts TV. "It wasn't a classic, that's for sure. We had 5,000 fans here who backed us to the hilt and they were outstanding. They probably get man of the match, rather than anybody in the team. It was a scrappy game: the wind and conditions made it difficult.

"We had a few moments where we should have scored. If you don't take your chances, then you don't deserve to get the three points. We'll take the point and move on.

"It's not a venue where you'll have much control of the game. It's hard to play football through the middle and both teams go through the middle and play a second ball, knockdown, game. To the players' credit, they defended really well and limited Livi's chances. On another day, we might have taken the three points."