First Team

Craig's mixed emotions

25th November 2017

Manager happy with performance but not result in 0-0 draw with Ross County.

Craig Levein admitted it was a case of mixed emotions following a goalless draw with Ross County today at Tynecastle.

Despite a dominant performance, the Jambos failed to find the breakthrough but the manager was attempting to focus on the positives of the day.

“I’ve got contrasting emotions, because I’m delighted with the performance but I’m disappointed with the result,” said Craig. “To get to this from last week is a big step forward.

“I want the team to play like this more often. Obviously, with more goals at the end of the build-up, but that’s the play I want us to maintain.

“We talked about the performance,” he continued. “I stressed to them that football is hard and sometimes it seems like nothing goes right, but today Jon McLaughlin had no save to make, and defensively we cruised it again.

“We did a lot really well, the midfield functioned well too. We kept the pressure on and their keeper had to make numerous really good saves.”

Lastly, Craig praised his midfield players as, following a spell of weakness in that area, the side dominated the middle of the park.

“Harry Cochrane got caught on the ball a few times because he’s not strong enough when the ball is out of his comfort zone, but I thought he did really well, and Arnaud Djoum and Jamie Walker were both excellent. They work really well together, and I can see us improving.”