First Team


14th December 2018

Craig Levein expressed his embarrassment after Hearts suffered a 5-0 defeat away to Livingston on Friday night.

An evenly matched game exploded into life midway through the second half when Livingston took the lead from the penalty spot. Arnaud Djoum was then sent off minutes later and Livingston made their man advantage count as they added a further four goals on a bitterly disappointing evening for the Jambos.

Speaking after the game, Craig wasted little time in making his feelings known. 

“It was embarrassing. Horrible. I didn’t see it coming. I'm dumbfounded in all honesty. Some things went against us, but that happens in a football match," Craig explained.

“We lost Clevid Dikamona through injury, then Bobby Zlamal makes a poor decision - he should have came much earlier for the ball that led to the penalty.

"Then we get Arnaud Djoum harshly sent off. There's three things happened that dented us, but I didn't expect us to fold like we did.

“I thought we started the second half reasonably well, then we had a mad spell. Bobby spent far too long making up his mind to come for the ball and he paid the penalty.”

"I'm embarrassed in all honesty - even though we were down to 10 men, we should have done much better than that. We made Livingston look like PSG at times."

“I thought the red was harsh but that’s not what made us lose. We capitulated, completely. Some people went into their shell and started looking after themselves. It’s embarrassing. I have to credit Livingston, but I need to assure our supporters that it won’t happen again. That was not acceptable.”