First Team

Craig: Errors Cost Us

31st August 2019

Craig Levein admitted errors cost his side as the Jambos drew 2-2 with Hamilton Accies at home. 

Despite taking the lead twice, his side could not hold on for what would have been their first league victory of the season.

“I’m frustrated with us scoring two goals at home and not winning the match," Craig said after the game. "Our defending wasn’t good enough today, that’s what hurts, because normally we’re very good at defending, even against two or sometimes three strikers. The goals we lost today were rubbish."

There were some positives to take from the game, including the partnership of the central midfielders.

“On the other side, Andy Irving had another really good match, Glenn Whelan too, we controlled the midfield in the first half but we’ll need more if we keep defending like that.

"To play here isn’t easy, when things go well it’s fantastic but when they aren’t its very difficult to rise above and shine when others are nervous. The defensive side is easier to fix so at least I can take my frustrations out on the training pitch.”

The game also saw the debut of new addition Ryotaro Meshino, who signed yesterday on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

“There were some moments of magic from Ryo, the problem was should he start or not? But with yesterday, the travel, the media circus, on top of flying in from Japan I erred on the side of caution.

"I didn’t want to just throw him in. I didn’t expect him to have to come on so early, I wanted to bring him on at 2 or 3-0 and make him have a comfortable experience but I didn’t have the chance.”