First Team

Signs of encouragement for Craig

16th July 2019

Craig Levein was left encouraged by Hearts' dominant display in the 2-0 win over Cowdenbeath on Tuesday night.

The Jambos' scored two early goals through debutant Craig Halkett and teenager Anthony McDonald and continued to trouble the Cowdenbeath goal all night.

"I thought we were wasteful but it was encouraging," Craig said, "even if we had lots of opportunities for strikers who are desperate to score and should probably be passing instead of shooting when there’s an open goal on.

"I was really pleased with Craig Halkett tonight. He played really well as did Christophe against two physical strikers and I never felt we’d concede - we were in control.

Halkett only took seven minutes to open his Hearts' account and the former Livingston-skipper enjoyed a strong debut.

"The good thing is we have a lot of players to come back in. Christophe has played two in a row now, so John Souttar will need to come back in along with other players. There will be changes for the Stenhousemuir game too."

Another two who impressed were Anthony McDonald and Dario Zanatta, who played on either flank.

"Anthony McDonald was very good and Zanatta did himself no harm. Anthony is 18 and Dario is 22, so he’s taken a bit more time whereas Anthony has always been a bit precocious but the good thing is that I can leave Jamie Walker and Jake Mulraney on the bench when they play like that."