First Team

We shot ourselves in the foot

30th September 2017

Craig Levein at a loss as to how Hearts lost match against Dundee.

Craig Levein was at a loss to explain how Hearts managed to lose today’s match at Dens Park, as two identical goals gave the Jambos their first defeat since August.

A pair of Kerr Waddell headers in stoppage time at the end of each half, sandwiched by a fine finish from Kyle Lafferty to equalise, won the match for the Dark Blues, and the manager confessed he’d experienced a raft of feelings following the match.

“I’ve experienced all emotions today,” he said. “Losing the game in that manner is tragic, especially given the amount of effort we put in throughout the second half. 

“It’s the absolute basic of basics to not pick up men at corner kicks. We were excellent in the second half and should have had the game dead and buried and to shoot ourselves in the foot like that near the end was mind blowing. 

“You can sit on the training ground and do things time after time. All the effort and hard work we put in going into this game went out of the window.”

The Jambos were well on top in the second half, bossing proceedings with a deserved equaliser and two strikes off the woodwork to go along with it, and as the match drew to a conclusion it seemed more likely that a winner would come in the form of the visitors.

“We didn’t play particularly well in the first half and never really found a rhythm or pattern to our play, but I changed our shape in the second half and we looked more comfortable," said Craig. "We played as well as we have in that period since I’ve come back into the job and the worst I thought we’d take from the game was a draw.”

Lastly, Craig hailed the contribution of goalscorer Lafferty, who put a difficult personal week behind him to show his qualities on the football pitch, but he admitted it didn't mean much after the final result.

“Kyle was good, both our strikers played well. We created loads of chances and didn’t give up many. It was good to see him getting a goal but all of that is tarnished by the fact we lost the match.”