First Team

Focus now on Tuesday

24th February 2018

Craig Levein will put the disappointment of today loss at Rangers behind him to concentrate on Tuesday's match against Kilmarnock.

Carig Levein has conceded that his side were well beaten today after Rangers ran out 2-0 winners at Ibrox.

Goals from Jamie Murphy and Russell Martin set the hosts on their way to three points but it could’ve been a harsher scoreline were it not for the heroics of Jon McLaughlin in the Hearts goal.

After the match Craig admitted they didn’t deserve to take anything from the game, but is already putting the disappointment behind him to focus on Tuesday night’s Ladbrokes Premiership match at home to Kilmarnock.

Speaking to the press, he said: “Probably our best players were our defenders and that tells you about the performance today. We had a spell in the first half of about ten to fifteen minutes when we had opportunities but it didn’t last long enough and we didn’t capatalise on it. I did think at that point that we would have more concerted pressure but we didn’t really, to be honest.

“We were missing a little bit of composure. Any time we did show composure on the ball and pass it then we looked like we might get something. We also missed a couple of opportunities to score when the ball was bouncing around in the box, but I’m sure Graham would say the same thing. They had more opportunities to score than we did, by far.

“We didn’t do enough in the match to warrant winning the game, for certain, or even to get a draw. 2-0 probably flattered us. The good thing is that we’ve not put many performances in like that this season.

“Harry Cochrane came back to today and I thought he was one of our better players. Steven Naismith has had hamstring trouble and I was worried about playing him today but he got through the last 20 minutes, so I’m pleased with that. I’m struggling to look for positives but those are the two I can think of just now.

“The thing for me now is that it was unlike us, that performance today, and we’ve now lost two in 17 games. I’m just really looking forward to Tuesday now and trying to get rid of the bad taste in my mouth.”