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27th December 2017

Craig Levein satisfied with fighting performance but admits Wednesday's Derby lacked quality.

Craig Levein declared himself satisfied with the fight and desire shown by his team in Wednesday’s Edinburgh Derby, but admitted the game ultimately lacked quality.

The Jambos played out a goalless draw with their city rivals before a sell-out Tynecastle crowd. In a game of few clear-cut chances, the visitors went close with an effort off the underside of the crossbar in the first half.

Kyle Lafferty came within inches of putting the Gorgie boys ahead in the second half, but his effort curled wide of the far post. It was a tight affair from then on in as both sides were made to settle for a share of the spoils.

Speaking to the press after the game, Craig said:   

“We missed a sitter in the second half that might have won the game for us. In the first half, Hibs obviously had the effort off the bar that looked like it crossed the line.

“The way the game was going, I think 1-0 would have won it.

“I felt the game was one where both teams set out to be competitive and to fight. I think they filled their heads with that and perhaps forgot about playing football.

“In the second half we played better, we fought well, defended well and passed the ball slightly better than in the first. But we can do better than that.”

The draw extended Hearts' unbeaten run to eight games and the Jambos will return to action this coming Saturday when they take on Aberdeen at Pittodrie.