First Team

Craig: We'll be a different team against Hibs

3rd April 2019

Craig Levein hopes the return of two familiar faces will get his side back on track at the weekend after tonight's disaoppointing loss againt Rangers.

The Jambos lost two early goals when Jermain Defoe and Connor Goldson scored and the lead was stretched further two minutes into the second-half when Scott Arfield stuck away a rebound.
 
“That was a poor performance,” the gaffer said. “We played okay in spells but only after we went 2-0 down in the first-half and after we’d lost the third goal in the second-half.
 
“Admittedly, we were missing Uche who provides us with more aggression and the ability to retain the ball in the final third. We didn’t quite have that tonight which does get disappointing, particularly for defenders when they are continually defending.
 
“We didn’t do enough and I just want to consign that to the bin and think about the game on Saturday.”
 
However, Craig revealed that he should be boosted by not just the return of Uche, but Northern Ireland international Michael Smith.
 
“We’ll have Uche back on Saturday, which makes us a different team, but I can’t end up relying on just one player. Michael Smith should be available too I hope, which will help.
 
“We need to get playing with that gusto and determination that we played with in the second-half at the weekend.”