First Team

Craig's frustration

22nd September 2018

Craig Levein believes teams will come to Tynecastle to frustrate Hearts, but says his side must cut out any slackness if they are to continue their exceptional form.

Livingston held the Jambos to a 0-0 draw this afternoon, despite the men in maroon hitting the woodwork twice and seeing Steven Naismith’s first-half penalty saved.

While the result means Hearts are now unbeaten in 11 matches across all competitions, the manager admits today was a frustrating one given the expectation to pick up maximum points at home.

“There’s a sense of frustration,” he said. “Firstly I thought Livingston’s game plan was executed really well. They had a plan to try and hit us on the counter attack and I thought they did that a couple of times effectively.

“Hearts frustrated me more than Livingston did today.

“All the good things we’ve been doing lately, like moving the ball quickly from side to side, getting quality balls into the box, and finishing our chances were all missing today after being evident this season, even if we still should have won today.

“We missed chances, not just to score, but to create opportunities by being slack in the final pass, so that frustrates me more than anything. The rest is fine.”

“There’s an expectation to win all our home matches, our record is exceptional, so we’re frustrated and disappointed.

“We did enough to win but it didn’t go our way, but we could have won 1-0 without playing well.

“There’s a level of respect afforded to teams who have played as well as we have this season and teams will come here to frustrate us on a regular basis.”