First Team

Craig thrilled with team performance

26th September 2018

Craig Levein was delighted with his team's performance against Motherwell and believes his side fully deserved their place in the Betfred Cup Semi Finals. 

Two late goals from Olly Lee and Steven Naismith sealed a thrilling 4-2 win for the boys in maroon under the Tynecastle lights.

Speaking after the game, Craig admitted he wished he could have laced up his boots and joined in. 

"It was brilliant. What a game of football. I loved it," said Craig.

"I said to the boys at half-time: 'I wish I was playing. I wish I was involved in this.' What a great game right from the beginning. It never let up. I'm just thrilled we managed to get through.

"I think we deserved it. We missed a host of good chances. Even the way the game transpired - going behind, coming back, getting front, being pegged back - they were great character-building things for the group.

"I couldn't be happier. After Saturday, we spoke about moving the ball quicker, choosing the right option in the last third and putting crosses in the box. We scored four goals but I thought we could have scored a lot more. We missed some really good chances."

Hearts will now play Celtic in the Semi Final, with the tie set to be played on the weekend of 27/28 October.

"I'm not bothered about the draw, honestly. I looked at it and I thought it's three really good teams. For me, it's just about getting through the Motherwell game and getting to this stage. Then we can think about Hampden or wherever it's going to be," said Craig.

"I'm always hopeful of silverware. You just need to look at the last two games to see we aren't playing at our absolute best every single week. On our worst performances, the drop-off rate isn't that much. I think we need another performance like last night if we're going to get through in the next round.

Finally, the manager reserved special praise for young Callumn Morrison who enjoyed another tremendous game down the right flank.

"I was really pleased with Callumn Morrison. He got cramp in his hamstring in the second half. We probably should have replaced him earlier, to be honest. He was doing so well that I always felt that, when he got the ball, he might give us an opportunity to score."