First Team

Craig pleased with return to winning ways

3rd February 2018

Craig Levein delighted with three points on a day when Hearts "never quite got going."

Craig Levein was delighted to see Hearts pick up three points in a game where he admitted his side wasn’t firing on all cylinders.

The Jambos maintained their unbeaten run at Tynecastle with a 1-0 win over St Johnstone on Saturday afternoon. The match was won courtesy of a David Milinkovic strike at the start of the second half, which saw the Hearts number 11 take his goals tally to five for the season.

Speaking to the press after the match, Craig expressed his disappointment with the first half performance but took heart from the way the team responded to their half-time instructions.

“I thought we started poorly and didn’t really perform at any decent level at all in the first half,” said Craig.

“St Johnstone were better than us in the first half but I felt we were still doing enough defensively not to concede.

“During the week we worked on getting the ball wide and putting them under pressure. But I think we only had one cross in the first half. That was frustrating.

“So at half-time I reminded them about getting crosses in. Of course, it helps when Danny crosses the ball in the first few minutes and David scores.

“I still don’t think we moved the ball quick enough but we got the three points and that makes me feel pretty good.”

Finally, Craig took time to praise debutant Joaquim Adao for his midfield performance.

“I was pleased with him. He held us together a little bit in the first half. He read the game well and intercepted a lot of passes and won a lot of tackles.

“He’s showed today that he’ll be a big asset for us.”