First Team

Craig: A fair result

23rd September 2017

Craig Levein believes a point apiece at Firhill was a fair result.

Craig Levein admitted he thought a 1-1 draw in Glasgow against Partick Thistle was ultimately a fair result. 

Ross Callachan’s late header salvaged a point for the Jambos after Blair Spittal’s opener slipped through Jon McLaughlin’s hands, and after the match the manager stated he felt both sides should be content.

“I thought it was a tough match,” said Craig. “Neither team was able for dominate for long spells, and as a result, it swung back and forth.

“I thought we showed good resilience, and I was hoping we could carry the momentum into nicking another goal, but it was a pretty fair result on the face of it.

“We didn’t feel under a lot of pressure,” he said. “However, I didn’t feel we were exerting enough pressure on them

“We both had shots on goal, but nothing was really well worked. Their goal was a mistake on our part, which summed up a scrappy match.”

Craig also took the time to praise two of his players for their efforts, as John Souttar demonstrated his range of passing stepping out of defence, as well as hailing Isma Goncalves for his hard work up front.

“I thought John was terrific today,” said the manager. “He got back to playing football. We’ve worked very hard in the past four weeks on the other side of his game.

“We’ve worked on his defending, heading, sensing danger and basic things, but today he showed how good a player he is. People forget how young he still is.

“I’d just like to put a word in for Isma as well today. He ran all day for us, worked hard, and I was really pleased with his efforts.”