First Team

Fresh legs for Central Park

15th July 2019

Craig Levein intends to use the squad he has at his disposal as Hearts gear up for their second game in five days.

The Jambos travel to Central Park tomorrow evening to face Cowdenbeath in the second group stage game of the Betfred Cup.

A bonus-point triumph over Dundee United on Friday night leaves the men in maroon in the driving seat and they face a Blue Brazil side that defeated East Fife 2-0 in their opening match.

Buoyed by the performance at Tynecastle – that saw new signings Jamie Walker and Conor Washington feature – the manager doesn’t feel that the tight schedule will have much effect on his team.

Nevertheless, he’s prepared to change things up in Fife tomorrow, given the relatively early stage of the season.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning, Craig said: “It’s a normal situation for us.

“We’re also in the fairly fortunate position that we don’t have many injuries at the moment and I can change a few positions and bring a few players in who are also ready to play.

“I will make some changes for tomorrow night.


“Jamie’s recovering from an operation that he had and he’s not quite back to his best yet but I thought he was very good. 

“I thought Conor got stronger as the game went on. I feel he’s not far away from being 100%.

“I was pleased with them both, I was pleased with everybody actually.

“There weren’t many players who didn’t perform to a decent level. We’ll see what happens tomorrow night.

“ (It will be a) Tough game. The pitch is quite tight. I’ve been there once or twice in the past so I know pretty much what to expect.

“In these situations we need to perform nearest our highest levels to give us a great chance of winning.

“If we underperform then that’s how there can be slipups and there are shocks in the cup, so we have to guard against that.”

Craig’s press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.