Craig Levein says he can’t fault the work-rate of his players but feels they were missing that final bit of quality to see off Livingston this evening.
The Jambos were held to a 0-0 draw in a frustrating night at Tynecastle, in a match where they saw plenty of the ball but, despite a handful of good chances, couldn’t not could not get that elusive goal.
The manager praised his team’s overall effort but knows that spark in the final third just wasn’t there to win them the game.
“I can’t complain about the work-rate and the effort of the team, I thought there was loads of that,” he said. “I thought we lacked a bit of quality in the last third; something different to win us the match.
“Our recent games have been fairly close but we have managed to come up with something different to win us the match. We needed that tonight.
“That was the difference between winning and drawing. Uche and John Souttar were unlucky not to score but it was frustrating.
“I expected what we got from Livingston. They matched up with us and went man-for-man for long periods. In those situations, it’s up to us to be creative and find some magic or quality in that last third.
“We didn’t manage to do it on a night when Aberdeen lost and Kilmarnock drew. It was a chance to make a statement but I can’t be too critical when it’s a lack of quality that costs us.”