First Team

Reality check

10th November 2018

Craig Levein admitted his frustration in today’s 1-0 defeat against Kilmarnock as Hearts couldn’t find a way through the visitors, despite dominating proceedings.

Ross Millen’s 72nd minute strike bagged Killie all three points and the gaffer believes a first home loss in six month came as a “reality check”.

“There’s loads of ways of losing a match, but that’s the most frustrating:” he said. “We should have been better in the final third but to lose that way makes me feel really frustrated.

“The players that we’ve got in the team that are injured, I think it’s easier for us to score goals with them in the team and everybody knows that, but at the same time we need people to step up, and at times like this to put the ball in the back of the net.

“It’s not just good players it’s strength of character that’s important and that sometimes is missed more than the actual quality of the player.

“So the problems not that we’re missing just good players we’re missing people with strength of character who’ve done things in the past and understand certain situations and know how to deal with them.

“We’ve had a difficult period and we can’t continue going through the season winning every match, it’s a reality to check to have lost here for the first time in what feels like a long time and it leaves a bitter taste.”