First Team

Lessons learned

25th August 2014

Stevie Crawford expects those involved at Stenhousemuir tomorrow night to react positively to Livi defeat.

Stevie Crawford insists that his players will have learned their lesson from last week's Livingston defeat as they prepare for tomorrow night's Scottish League Cup match at Stenhousemuir.

The Jambos head into the Ochilview fixture with three wins from three in the Championship, but exited the Petrofac Training Cup at the hands of Livi last Wednesday.

Stevie believes that the men in maroon will learn from that humbling experience, with the team set be re-shuffled for tomorrow night's game.

Speaking to HeartsTV, Stevie said: "We were disappointed with the outcome of last week's game against Livingston, result-wise, but we're a development club and we're going to give youngsters opportunities.

"We've done our homework on Stenhousemuir and had them watched three times, so hopefully we know what they're all about. You can never guarantee what formation and personnel they're going to use, but we've done our homework on that side.

"Having spoken to Robbie yesterday and this morning, there will be six or seven changes to the line-up tomorrow night. We want to win football games and progress to the next round of the cup. We'll hopefully have learned our lesson from last week.

"We've got to get a happy medium. I said last week that we want to win football games and Livingston was a good gauge of where boys are at.

"At 2-0 we did go under a bit too easy for our liking but young players are going to learn from that.

"Tomorrow night, when we're talking about changes it'll be boys with more first-team experience who have been chapping on the door. With it being the League Cup, it's important that we progress to the later stages.

"We're giving Stenhousemuir all due respect. Scott Booth's done a decent job since he's gone there. He'll try and get them playing football and we've got to make sure we don't give them time on the ball or they could punish us."

Stevie's interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.