First Team

Craig: Let's put on a show

4th October 2019

Craig Levein wants to go into the international break on a high by beating Kilmarnock.

Hearts host Killie at Tynecastle tomorrow, aiming to continue the recent run of good form which has seen the men in maroon go three games unbeaten.

The manager points to the performance against Aberdeen in the Jambos' Betfred Cup win last week as the benchmark going forward, and knows they face a side completely rejuvenated after a couple of stellar league campaigns.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Craig said: “Recently we haven’t gone into international breaks with a win, which leaves a kind of lingering discontent.

“So it’s important for us that we get a victory tomorrow and put on a good show.

"Every home game that is the case (pressure to win), no matter who we play. Kimarnock, in recent seasons, have elevated their position in Scottish football, so it’s not like facing the Kilmarnock of three or four years ago or something like that.

“It’ll be a tough match. They’re very well organised defensively and that would explain their record of clean sheets so we know what to expect.

“Angelo’s had a wee bit of a sticky start but his team’s proved over the last month or so that they’re not much different than what they were last season which is warning enough for us.

“We’re expecting a really tough match, I’m sure the supporters are expecting a tough match, but we’re at home and if we can bring the same sort of energy that we did in the game against Aberdeen at home then I’m sure our supporters will be happy.”

Craig’s press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.