First Team

Craig looking for players' atonement

21st December 2018

Craig Levein insisted that his Hearts side are ready to bounce back against Aberdeen following last weekend's disappointing result against Livingston.

"I've definitely seen a reaction in training after the game," he said. "In fact, the training has been quite frantic with everyone trying so hard so I'm feeling okay about this weekend."

Speaking about last Friday's match, Craig said: "Losing their focus is not something I can accuse this group of players of doing on a regular basis. But, they've got to atone for it this weekend."

"I'm the same as the players. We win together and we lose together. I've got to take it on the chin just like everybody else. This group of players I've got a lot of faith in. When they feel pain and they're suffering I feel the same, but it's incumbent on all of us to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Looking forward to Saturday's match against in-form Aberdeen, Craig added: "They've had a week to reflect and work on stuff in training and watch the video. We just need to do our best in the Aberdeen match and we will do, I'm convinced of that."

The manager also gave an insight into how those in the dressing room had reacted in the wake of the defeat in West Lothian: "There's no question they care, that's not in doubt. We've all been suffering recently with results. They're the same guys who played so well earlier in the season. They're frustrated as much as I am and the supporters are.

"One thing about this group is the players will try their best. The supporters recognise that and there's an affinity because of that. We just need to get back to doing what we were doing at the beginning of the season and we will do that."

You can watch Craig's press conference here.