First Team

Craig's frustration

19th November 2017

Manager left to rue late Thistle equaliser.

Craig Levein expressed his frustration after a disputed goal cost Hearts all three points on their return to Tynecastle Park.

Kris Doolan cancelled out Isma’s opening goal for Hearts and the manager couldn’t hide his disappointment at the failure to award a free-kick to his side at the Thistle equaliser.

“I’m frustrated with the manner in which the goal was scored, because the goal was clearly offside and aided by a handball,” he said. “We restricted them to one shot on target, the goal, and it shouldn’t count. 

“We weren’t great today, but I was pleased with certain aspects and I thought the forwards worked really hard. We got a good goal from Isma today, and he’s making a habit of scoring good goals.”

While there was some uncertainty over whether or not today’s game would go ahead, the manager confessed that the build-up hadn’t been the perfect preparation, but hailed the supporters for their contribution to the day’s events.

“It’s not been an ideal build up to the game,” he admitted. “There’s been a bit of extra activity this week, and the fireworks did nearly deafen me, but it was great to play here again.

“I would have loved to get a victory but I can’t criticise the players for their effort, because I thought we had enough to see out the win.

“I also thought the supporters were great today, they really were. The atmosphere was tremendous, and the new stand will keep all the noise inside the stadium.

“It was a great experience, but I’m disappointed for everyone that we weren’t able to get the win today.”