First Team

Craig proud of players after derby heroics

22nd September 2019

"5-1 on his back, not bad at all." It's fair to say Craig Levein was pretty happy with how the Edinburgh derby was won.

After going down just moments into the second-half, it looked unlikely that the Jambos would leave Easter Road with all three points. But, they did just that - largely thanks to Aaron Hickey's first senior goal.

“There’s ways to win games, and then there’s ways to win games by accumulating another 1000 grey hairs like today," Craig said after the game. "To go behind in a derby away from home and win is a special thing. I’m so proud of the players and I’m thrilled to bits for them and the supporters.”

“We handled it today and didn’t make mistakes which have been hampering our previous league games. We restricted Hibs to very few chances, but when they scored I thought it might not be our day but the boys plugged away."

The Jambos also had Uche Ikpeazu to thank. The big striker scored the equaliser - his second against Hibs at Easter Road.

“Uche got us back into the game and Aaron Hickey managed to score the winner in an Edinburgh derby with 5-1 on his back, not bad at all.

"I thought we were worthy of it, even if I am biased, but I thought we were better than Hibs today and our confidence will grow enormously from this. We have a tough game against Aberdeen but this will prepare us nicely for it.”

“I’m delighted for Uche, two goals in two games now. I’m so pleased for him. He works ever so hard as you see, and people think he batters players around but a few players have left one on him at times."

Hearts, who rise up to eighth after the win, gave an encouraging performance across the pitch - with two summer signings singled out for praise by the manager.

"I thought Ryo Meshino was fantastic, he gives us something completely different and he’s very brave. He’ll take the ball anywhere and his first thought is to create or score, and Glenn Whelan put on a midfield masterclass today. And Hickey got his goal to cap it all off, so it was quite a nice day all in all.”