Craig Levein: Hearts followers are honest of their criticism and their reward

Craig Levein has praised the Hearts followers for being honest in each their criticism and reward of his staff.

The Jambos despatched their supporters dwelling completely happy from Fir Park final night time after a 2-1 Betfred Cup final 16 victory over Motherwell.

Michael Smith and Conor Washington had the guests deservedly in management earlier than Chris Lengthy halved the deficit on the hour however Motherwell did little else to threaten.

Other than progressing to final eight, Hearts’ show was in stark distinction to what they produced towards Ross County at Tynecastle final weekend.

That prompted an indignant response from the stands, however Levein felt they contributed to the show in Lanarkshire and have been rewarded with a optimistic outcome. 

“They have been nice,” stated Levein. “Typically we get criticism however the one factor I can say concerning the majority of Hearts followers is their criticism is honest.

“There’s clearly extremes and a few have completely different views however basically, if we’ve not performed properly then they’ll tell us.

“However when we’ve performed properly, they do tell us that as properly. I used to be actually grateful for his or her help final night time and I feel it helped the boys enormously.”

Levein additionally praised his gamers for considering straight and sticking to the plan after they regarded like they may come underneath a little bit of strain.

“A part of our downside within the final two matches has been an absence of readability of thought when the strain’s on,” he defined. “As soon as we bought Aaron despatched off at Aberdeen we panicked somewhat bit.

“Usually we’re fairly good in a Four-Four-1 state of affairs and defending with ten males however we simply ddin’t do our jobs correctly.


“Then in fact we had Saturday once I do not know what the hell occurred.

“The nice factor final night time was we missed penalty and likewise misplaced the objective out of in all probability one of many only a few probabilities that Motherwell had and it may have resulted within the gamers’ heads taking place.

“However they did not. The willingness to run and work for one another was there, the passing was wonderful and so they retained the ideas that have been useful slightly than letting it creep in to their head that they may lose one other objective or will probably be underneath strain and issues like that.

“I am unable to commend them extremely sufficient for his or her efforts and likewise for his or her self-discipline.”

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