First Team

Cup progression pleases Craig

10th February 2019

Craig Levein was happy with the professional job done by his Hearts side against Auchinleck Talbot today, though admits Michael Smith could now be facing a spell on the sidelines.

The Jambos saw off their Junior opposition in a comfortable afternoon at Tynecastle Park, with Christophe Berra, Demi Mitchell and Steven MacLean goals putting Hearts on easy street before Aidan Keena rounded of the win with his first strike for the Jam Tarts.

The manager was pleased with the team’s first-half showing as they made the Scottish Cup quarter-finals for the second year in a row, but now faces an anxious wait to discover just how bad Smith’s injury is.

“It’s sort of a no-win match, we just had to get through and I’m glad that we are,” he said. “I was reasonably pleased with the first half, we didn’t play at the same intensity and tempo second half.

“We also chose not to play the easy passes and tried to be too clever but that can happen.

“Auchinleck were well organised but we started in the right manner and got on top.

“Teams who aren’t used to losing are dangerous and we didn’t want to give them any hope at all so to get in at 3-0 at half time killed the game.

“The one downside is Mick Smith who’s torn his thigh muscle. He’ll go for a scan tomorrow and we’ll find out how bad it is.

“It could be six weeks, it could be longer.”