First Team

Craig: We didn't get going

24th October 2017

Craig Levein disappointed as side fail to reach required levels of performance.

Craig Levein admitted he was disappointed that his side had “failed to reach the required levels” to get a result in tonight’s Edinburgh derby.

Simon Murray’s third minute goal earned Hibs the three points, and after the match the manager confessed that the team hadn’t performed well enough to earn anything more.

“I’m disappointed, which you would expect”, he said. “We turned up with the right attitude but simply failed to play. I’m disappointed with that, as are the players.

“I have no complaints with their effort, but we didn’t pass it enough and we never really got a grip of the game. We were really poor in the first half, and didn’t get going at all.

“We weren’t getting cut open, but we never got the ball moving, and we gave it away repeatedly and forced ourselves to defend, and it got into a pattern, and we wouldn’t take it into areas to get us out of the predicament.”

The manager introduced the sixteen-year-old Harry Cochrane at the interval to try and give the team some momentum moving forward, but even that bright spark failed to prove enough ultimately.

“Second half, we were better. Harry Cochrane made a difference, taking the ball and moving it forward, but again once he got the ball forward, we didn’t go well enough in the final third.

“I expected better from the team, but we failed to reach the required levels tonight, so all we can do is move on to Saturday’s game now.”