First Team

Craig: That was Hearts class

29th December 2018

Craig Levein has praised his players to the hilt after they give their all in tonight’s Edinburgh derby victory over Hibs.

Hearts gained capital bragging rights thanks to Olly Lee’s stunning first-half strike, which keeps the men in maroon in the hunt at the top end of the Ladbrokes Premiership table heading into 2019.

The manager was full of plaudits for the way his team both played football and dug in until the very end, despite some lacking in full match sharpness.

“The boys took things to a whole new level today – there is class, there is first class, there is Hibs class…and the one above that is Hearts class!

"It’s brilliant. I’m so pleased about that!

“I’m thrilled to bits for them. I thought it was a keenly contested match and I don’t think there was a lot in it.

“I could go through every player and praise them but that’s just Hearts class.

“We’ve not won here since 2014 so it is quite a big achievement for us, considering there were boys on the field toiling and if the situation was more normal some of them would have been off earlier.

“But they stuck with it and thankfully it was enough. I was quite happy with the control in the first half, when we restricted Hibs to very little.”