First Team

Team defending excellent

25th January 2018

Craig Levein hails his side's team defending after 3-0 win over Accies keeps records going.

Craig Levein has praised his team for defending from front to back after last night’s 3-0 win away to Hamilton Accies.

Second-half goals Ross Callachan, David Milinkovic and Dario Zanatta sealed all three points at a traditionally tricky venue.

The victory extends the Jambos’ unbeaten run to 11 games with 8 clean sheets in a row thrown into the mix.

Speaking after the game to HeartsTV, Craig said: “You can see why (it’s a phenomenal record). The defending is excellent, all over the park. Steven Naismith is the first point of defence and it worked back through the team.

“I thought, again, in the type of game where Hamilton put two strikers on, two big strikers and they just put the ball right through the middle constantly, I thought Berra and Souttar were just magnificent. They dealt with everything that was thrown their way.

“It’s hard to win here. We’ve found that in recent years. We have found it really difficult. I thought our discipline was really good.

“It took a long time for us to get on top but I thought we did get on top eventually, then the game became more one-sided, shall we say.

“I felt the first goal was really important. I could visibly detect that Hamilton lost a little bit of heart after we scored the first one. The second one, I think, was enough and I’m delighted that we managed to get a third.

“Young Dario came on and scored so I’m really pleased for him as well. It was a pleasing performance.”