First Team

Craig's disappointment at disallowed goal

6th May 2018

Craig Levein scratching head at disallowed goal as Hearts could've enjoyed two-goal cushion against Celtic.

Craig Levein admits he found it hard to accept Hearts’ disallowed goal, which could’ve led to the Jambos being two-goals in front of Celtic this afternoon.

With the game on a knife-edge, John Souttar knocked home Don Cowie’s corner after Scott Bain had failed to punch the ball away, however referee Bobby Madden blew for a foul, much to the disgust of the home support.

Soon after Kyle Lafferty lashed Hearts into the lead, but instead of enjoying a two-goal cushion the Jambos were pegged back by Dedryck Boyata’s equaliser, before Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair handed the visitors the points.

The manager was left to rue what might’ve been following the disallowed goal, and revealed he is none the wiser as to why the goal did not stand.

Speaking after the match, Craig said: “At a critical moment we could’ve been 2-0 up and I have absolutely no idea why the referee disallows the goal.

“I think, like the game we played against Celtic here, when we got 2-0 in front it gave the players more energy and more confidence and allowed them to keep on the front foot and keep finding more.

“To be looking at 2-0 and going in at half-time 1-1 was hugely disappointing.

“I think that’s the biggest thing about the match; we could’ve been 2-0 up instead of 1-1 and that would’ve made a huge difference to us.

“I can’t even see why he would penalise Ross Callachan. If anybody is blocking him its his own player.

“To beat Celtic, that’s what we have to do; we have to press, we have to steal the ball as high up the field as we can and, most importantly, we have to take every opportunity that comes our way.

“We did that, and for some reason the referee decided that he wasn’t going to give a goal.”