First Team

Craig: Mistakes cost us the game

17th February 2019

Craig Levein was left feeling disappointed after two mistakes cost Hearts a point in the final minute of the game against Motherwell.

With the game drawn at 1-1, Ben Garuccio received a straight red-card for a tackle on Liam Grimshaw and Colin Doyle  then made an error from the resulting free-kick, allowing David Turnbull to score at the death.

It had been an even contest up until that point, with both sides creating chances to score the winner.

"My substitutions and thoughts were mainly about how we could win the game," Craig said. "It's a strange game at times. I've gone from feeling positive about what we need to do and the control we had in the match and I've ended up in a situation where two huge mistakes have cost us a point."

Garuccio's red card seemed a little harsh from some angles but the gaffer refused to criticise referee Nick Walsh for sending the Australian off.

"25-30 years ago, you get away with that no bother. All the players know that if you leave the ground to tackle, which Ben did, although he's won the ball and the player wasn't injured, that it's just the nature of the game. It's not a surprise.

"I'm not criticising the referee at all because he did leave the ground. I think everybody knows that that's not acceptable. We've got to take it on the chin. Colin's made an error from a free-kick that is fairly easily saved, so the emotions go from pretty positive to 'how the hell did we get beat there?'"

Craig also said that Colin Doyle will move on from his error and added that the squad will be sure to bounce back before next week's home match against St Mirren.

"It happens. You just hope that when your players make mistakes that they don't result in you losing points. Unfortunately, we've lost one and at that stage of the game I felt positive about us winning the game so it feels like we've gone from one extreme to another.

"He's been doing okay, I don't have any complaints. We talk about it because it happened. We've just got to deal with it, pick ourselves up and go again next week."