First Team

Accies win breeds confidence

26th December 2018

Craig Levein hopes his players can take the confidence gained from today’s win over Hamilton Accies into Saturday’s Edinburgh derby.

The Jambos were victorious at Tynecastle thanks to first-half goals from Steven Naismith and Arnaud Djoum, in a match that saw the visitors reduced to ten men and Michael smith hit the bar with a penalty.

It was a game that the men in maroon controlled from start to finish, and the manager hopes the win will see everyone, from players to supporters, head to Easter Road in a confident mood come the weekend.

Speaking after the match, Craig said: “I thought it was a decent performance. We didn’t get the icing on the cake, but the cake was pretty good.

“I thought we played good stuff last week without an end product. Today we had end product and loads of chances, but you could still see the nerves in the team.

“We missed chances early on and squandered some situations with poor decision making.

“It’s nice to go into the derby with a win. This has been a tough slog through this period, and we haven’t always played poorly, but it’s about character and determination and grit and resilience and all these things people talk about.

“I’m hoping today’s efforts make the players and supporters feel good about the game on Saturday. It’ll be a normal and quiet Saturday evening.”