First Team

Craig confident for replay

4th March 2019

Craig Levein feels his Hearts side did enough to win Monday night’s Scottish Cup QF tie at Partick Thistle but will relish the chance to make the semi final in next week’s replay.

The Jambos were in control at Firhill thanks to Christophe Berra’s early header but were hit by a second half sucker punch when Christie Elliott scored from close range.

The two sides will meet again next Tuesday in Gorgie with the winner facing Inverness CT in the final four, an opportunity the manager is looking forward to.

“We did enough to win the game in the first half,” he said. “We didn’t get that gap and get the second goal which would’ve, I think, killed the game off.

“All credit to Partick, they kept plugging away and caught us on the counter from a quick set piece, which is quite annoying because we’re usually really good at dealing with those situations.

“Sometimes when you have so much of the ball and dominate, the players think that that’s going to continue, but things change in matches; substitutions, changes of shapes, things like that, which can alter the course of the match.

“Until we get the second goal I didn’t think we were safe and that proved to be the case.

“I said to the players after the game, and they’re obviously disappointed, that the intention was to come out of this game and still be in the draw tonight and we’re still in the draw.

“We’ve got a game back at Tynecastle which I feel confident about. It’s not a bad situation for us.”