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Craig's thoughts ahead of Aberdeen clash

6th April 2018

The gaffer is expecting a tough test against the Dons.

Hearts welcome Aberdeen to Tynecastle tomorrow afternoon having already secured a top six place. Craig Levein, however, admits that was a bare minimum requirement for his team.

The Dons arrive in Gorgie on Saturday for what will be the final game before the league split. The visitors are currently sitting in second spot and find themselves on a good run of form, however, the Jambos remain undefeated at Tynecastle in the league this season.

Speaking to the press ahead of Saturday’s 3pm kick-off, Craig Levein reflected on what he described as a frustrating season to date.

“Am I pleased to have secured top six? Of course, it’s better than not being there. Are we where we want to be? The answer to that is no.

“We still have time to improve our position but we’ll need to be very good to do that between now and the end of the season.

“Aberdeen will be a tough match and we’ve got a few problems on the injury front. We’ve got Joaquim Adao who got a head knock on Saturday and he’ll be unavailable.

“Michael Smith also missed out with a back injury and that hasn’t resolved itself yet. Connor Randall was ill before the Dundee match so we’ll see how he gets on in training.”

Craig has had to contend with a number of injuries throughout the season and he admits it has been a source of great frustration for everyone.

“Listen, it hasn’t been a season that I feel hugely excited about, but we’ve had a lot of problems.

“I’ve been hugely frustrated as we've had so many major trauma injuries.

“The one thing that pleases me, however, is that we’ve managed to maintain a resilience and a focus that’s allowed us not to feel sorry for ourselves or build up any negativity."