First Team

Craig: "We deserved to win"

18th August 2018

Craig Levein expected testing Dunfermline encounter but feels his side did enough to book Betfred Cup QF spot.

Craig Levein got what he expected today; a tough challenge against a good Dunfermline side.

Hearts were made to work for their victory, with Olly Lee’s 79th minute strike booking the Jambos’ place in the Betfred Cup quarter-finals.

The manager revealed that although he was expecting a difficult encounter, he felt like his side could’ve won by more if they’d capatlised on their counter attacks.

Speaking at full time, Craig said: “I got what was expected today, in an in-form Dunfermline side full of confidence, particularly at home.

“I thought the game was pretty even in the first half, and we controlled the game in the second half without cutting them open as much as I would like.

“We get the goal and, as happens, people get a bit nervous and as much as Bobby Zlamal has made a good save, we’ve had three counter-attacking opportunities and, if we’d just taken more care, we could have won 2 or 3-0.

“Olly has great technique and you see with his passing and intelligence, but I like when he gets close to the goal because he’s very, very accurate with his shooting, and there wasn’t a lot of space to work with but he’s found the bottom corner.

“I said to the players afterwards this would never be easy, and Dunfermline tested us for the full 90 minutes but I do think we deserved to win the game."