Listen To What The Man Said

C:WindowsTempphp2B0A.tmpHearts manager Craig Levein was pleased to see his side pick up all three points from the game against St Johnstone where he admitted his side wasn’t firing on all cylinders. The unbeaten run at Tynecastle was maintained with a 1-0 win courtesy of a David Milinkovic goal at the start of the second half, which saw the number 11 take his goals tally to five for the season. Speaking after the game, Levein outlined his disappointment with the first half performance but was pleased to see how his half-time team talk had the desired effect.

He said: "
I thought we started poorly and didn’t really perform at any decent level at all in the first half.  St Johnstone were better than us in the first half but I felt we were still doing enough defensively not to concede.  During the week we worked on getting the ball wide and putting them under pressure. But I think we only had one cross in the first half. That was frustrating.  So at half-time I reminded them about getting crosses in. Of course, it helps when Danny crosses the ball in the first few minutes and David scores. I still don’t think we moved the ball quick enough but we got the three points and that makes me feel pretty good."

Levein took time to single out Joaquim Adao for praise on his debut midfield performance. The Hearts manager said: "
I was pleased with him. He held us together a little bit in the first half. He read the game well and intercepted a lot of passes and won a lot of tackles.  He’s showed today that he’ll be a big asset for us."
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