First Team

Heading in right direction

7th July 2018

Craig Levein feels it will take time but things on the park are heading in the right direction after 2-0 win at Dumbarton

Craig Levein has seen enough in his side’s two friendly wins to believe that things are starting to head in the right direction.

Hearts made it two wins from two with a 2-0 victory over Dumbarton this afternoon, and the manager saw plenty of positives that should bode well for the future.

Speaking to HeartsTV at full time, he said: “We’ve been working quite a lot on the principles of play and trying to embed those into the way that we play.

“It does take a little bit of time but there are some signs that things are heading in the right direction.

“It was good to see Steven Naismith get the 90 minutes today, which told me that his fitness is pretty good.

“I thought Uche Ikpeazu played well. For him to get two goals was really good for him.

“The first was a penalty, obviously, but the second was a real poacher’s goal. He was in the right place.

“I thought that the back three were excellent. Peter Haring looks like he’s played there for a couple of seasons, actually.

“It gave us even more solidity than we’ve got in that position.”

The Jambos continue their pre-season campaign with another friendly match tomorrow at Central Park when they take on Partick Thistle.

Craig revealed that more game-time will be afforded to members of the squad who didn’t play today, including the likes of Kyle Lafferty and Steven MacLean.

“We’ve got a different line-up tomorrow,” he said. “Our defence won’t be quite as strong. We’ve got the younger lads playing.

“Our midfield is fairly strong and we have Kyle and Steven playing.

“So it will be stronger towards the middle to the front end of the pitch.”

Craig’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.