First Team

Livingston reaction: Austin MacPhee

4th December 2019

Austin MacPhee was frustrated by Hearts' inability to capitalise on their bright start to the game as they played out a 1-1 draw with Livingston on Wednesday night. 

Steven MacLean's late strike earned the Jambos a point after falling behind to a Marvin Bartley goal in the first half.

“I don’t know how to feel really, I was disappointed we scored so late because we had the momentum and never had enough time to win the game. We started the game really well, but it’s been a strange day", said Austin.

"We lost Bozanic to illness earlier in the day, then Aaron Hickey in the warm up and then, after a good opening and creating plenty of chances, we lose Steven Naismith as well.

"I thought we started really bright, with good energy, with Sean Clare and Jake Mulraney, and Craig Halkett’s missed a header that he would normally score in his sleep.

"We’ve had really good chances to score in the opening few minutes and then we lose a really bad goal and became a bit complacent, because Bobby’s taken a long throw and we’ve countered from it but then from the next one there’s been a rebound off our own player for them to score.

"Livingston are so difficult to play against when they get ahead and we lost our way a bit but the players really showed fantastic resilience. Young Ryotaro was great for us in the last fifteen minutes, he showed no fear and took the ball all the time and gave us a spark when we went to three in the back.

“It’s unclear how Steven Naismith is, he took a knock on the back from Marvin Bartley but he’s got some pain in his hamstring and he’s had issues there, but sometimes these issues can be neural rather than muscular. Hickey has a problem with his groin but we hope he’ll be available for Saturday.”