First Team

Craig's disappointment

27th January 2018

The Manager couldn't hide his disappointment after a last-gasp equaliser denied Hearts the three points.

Craig Levein declared himself disappointed after a last-gasp Motherwell goal denied Hearts all three points at Tynecastle.

Substitute David Milinkovic put Hearts ahead with ten minutes to go and the Jambos looked set to pick up their third consecutive win as the match headed into injury time. In the fifth and final minute of added time, however, a Motherwell free-kick resulted in Curtis Main poking the ball over the line.

The late goal ended Hearts' incredible run of 8 consecutive clean sheets, however, the boys in maroon did extend their unbeaten run to 12 games. The Jambos struck the post twice in the first half and saw two penalty appeals turned down, much to the frustration of the manager.

Speaking to the press after the match, Craig said:

“Today was disappointing. For the life of me I don’t know how we didn’t get two penalties in the first half.

“I’ve seen both situations on video and both are blatant penalties. So I’m disappointed for the players considering the effort they’ve put in after two particularly hard games recently.

“And to be in front going into the 5th minute of injury time only to lose a goal was extremely disappointing.

“I’m also disappointed that we invited the late pressure by giving two free-kicks away in the last three minutes. That invited six or seven of their players into our box and I’m disappointed with that.

“I feel we merited to be in front at half-time, we hit the post twice as well. The supporters were good today and backed us despite us not taking advantage of the chances. So yes, I think disappointed sums up my emotions today.”