First Team

Craig: We need to take chances

24th November 2018

Craig Levein was left frustrated after his side didn’t take their chances in the 2-0 defeat against St Mirren at the Simple Digital Arena.

Two Adam Hammill goals downed the Jambos as the away side failed to get on the scoresheet.

“I’m frustrated as you can imagine,” Craig said. “[It’s a] bit similar to the Kilmarnock game in that we had plenty of the ball. We created chances, maybe not as many as we should have, but we created chances and didn’t take them when they arose.

“In moments like these, when things don’t seem as easy as they have been in the past, the last thing that you need is somebody to score from 45 yards and that what happened to us at this minute in time. I’m frustrated at the lack of goal-scoring opportunities.”

Steven MacLean hit the side netting early on and Arnaud Djoum had a header chalked off for offside.

“I thought some of the headers were good chances as well. We had free headers and we didn’t take those as well,” said Craig. “What I don’t want to do is get into a situation where we’re waiting for players to come back because they’ll be loads of points to played for between now and in particular when Stevie and Uche coming back.

“So now, I’ll have to find a way of trying to find three points against Rangers.”

The Jambos did dominate the early stages and went into the break level but Hammill’s 35-yard-screamer two minutes into the second half gave the hosts a shock lead.

“That’s what happens isn’t it,” continued Craig. “When you should be in front you go behind, the opposition feel better about ourselves, they’ve got something to hold on to.

“Our crossing today was poor. That’s not something I usually level at the players - our crossing is usually excellent.

“We didn’t create enough and of course, when it carries on like this for a little while it becomes something that the players start to think about.”