First Team

Craig: Deserved victory

21st January 2018

Craig Levein believes Hearts' 1-0 win over Hibs was a deserved one as the Jambos knock their neighbours out of the Scottish Cup.

Craig Levein believes today’s Scottish Cup win over Hibs was a deserved one, after the Jambos upped their game in the second half.

Don Cowie’s 87th minute winner separated the two sides, but for the heroics of goalkeeper Ofir Marciano is could’ve been a bigger scoreline.

The victorious Hearts gaffer was delighted his side put an end to Hibs’ unbeaten run and pointed to the impact his new signings made.

Speaking after the game, Craig said: “It’s a massive win for us. The longer the run goes on the more difficult it becomes and the more steely Hibs become in order to protect something, so we needed to break it and break it as quickly as possible.

“We’ve stopped the run that Hibs had, we’ve won the cup tie and gone through to the next round and those are good things for me. I feel good about it and I think we deserved to win.

“It had the same elements that the game usually has. There was a lot of determination, fight and intensity. In the first-half there was more of that than anything else.

“In the second-half I thought that we were much better than we were in the first half, and controlled long spells of the match. I thought we deserved to win. We had the best opportunities, the most chances and the lion’s share of the possession.

“Today the goalkeepers were in good form. Marciano made a save from Deme and I don’t know how on earth he got to it, but we managed to bundle the ball over the line.

“I’ve got a good feeling about this group. I had a good feeling in Spain, I had a good feeling when we added Steven to the group, it made me feel better.

“I’m sure if you ask any player, when good players come into the dressing room you think we’ll have to up our standards, and also they’re here to help.

“I say it every week but I thought Harry was out of this world. I thought he was fantastic in this match considering the nature of it. The two debutants for Hearts I thought were fantastic.”