First Team

Levein: A test of character

24th July 2019

Craig Levein praised the character of his players after they battled back to beat Stenhousemuir 2-1 on Wednesday night.

"All credit to the boys for keeping plugging away," the gaffer said post-match. "I thought tonight was a good lesson about perseverance in the end.

"It also showed there’s more than one way to play. Early on there was a lot of intricate play and chances without really taking advantage of them.

"After that it was a bit more direct than we’d been doing and in some ways I’m quite pleased because a lot of play was nice on the eye."

He was also quick to acknowledge the performance of his back four who, despite conceding, were generally solid once again.

"Our best players were the back four," Craig said. "Defensively their goal came from nothing and they only had one other shot. But they all contributed in a positive sense going forwards.

"Michael [Smith] put balls in, John [Souttar] put diagonal balls in, [Craig] Halkett scored two and [Aaron] Hickey is a different level."

The manager was able to provide an update on Conor Washington, who was forced off on the hour mark after an eye injury.

"Washington got a bang on his face and eye and has quite a lot of blood and bruising and swelling on his eye. The ball hit him bang in the face before he had a chance to protect himself. He’s away to A&E and we’ll have to wait and see what’s happened."