First Team

Craig: We deserve semi final spot

12th March 2019

Craig Levein says his side deserves to be in the final four of the William Hill Scottish Cup after beating Partick Thistle 2-1 at Tynecastle.

The Jambos navigated difficult playing conditions to come from behind and book a trip to Hampden in what will be the club’s second semi final appearance of the season.

The manager admits his side made it difficult for themselves but went on to control the game, and he’s already looking forward to locking horns with his old teammate John Robertson and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

“That was quite exciting, needlessly so certainly on our side,” he said. “We didn’t start very well, they took the lead, once we settled down I thought we were in complete domination until the last five or ten minutes when they pressured us, including sending the goalie up which is always quite exciting.

“Our confidence has been jolted with mistakes and late concessions lately and it was important to grind out a result on Saturday, and won by playing better than Saturday tonight.

“It’s a huge thing for us to get to a semi final, but the final is the final. From our point of view, it’s a great opportunity.

“It’s not to be disrespectful to Inverness, but we will be the bookies’ favourites and that’s how I’d like it to be.

“And Robbo will have his team set up superbly, and he’ll have a go, for sure.

“To get to the final would mean everything to me, having had such a long affiliation with the club.

“It’s not a job, but a labour of love and I’m delighted to represent the club in both positions and it means more than anything to me to see us successful and I’ll do my best every week to make it happen.”