First Team

Craig credits players after brave win

30th March 2019

Craig Levein gave credit to his players for their second-half performance against Aberdeen, in which they came back from behind to win 2-1.

Connor McLennan's first-half strike gave the Dons the lead going into the break, but goals from Sean Clare and Uche Ikpeazu won it for the Jambos.

"I didn’t think there was an awful lot in the first half," Craig Levein said after the game. "Both teams had few chances and Aberdeen managed to take theirs and go in with the lead, so I must give an enormous amount of credit to the players for their response in the second half.

"They were a lot braver in their play, they played higher up the pitch and as a consequence of that we won the game."

It was a magnificent response from his side after a disappointing result before the international break at New Douglas Park.

"We’ve come off a poor result at Hamilton a few weeks ago and there was maybe a wee bit of that still in the system.

"I felt we were a bit negative in the first half with our positioning, but second half we played higher, our front three played higher, our wing-backs played higher and we were braver, and because of that we got more opportunities."

Ikpeazu had a memorable afternoon - although it ended early as he was taken off with a head knock almost immediately after his 77th minute strike.

"I don’t know what will happen with Uche’s head knock. It’s just a case of waiting to see what happens as there are protocols that might need to be observed but I don’t know.”