hearts were unlucky against aberdeen in spl opener - levein

14:00    06 Aug 2019

Hearts manager Craig Levein

Hearts manager Craig Levein says his side deserved the three points after losing their first game of the new 2019/20 Scottish Premier League season.

The Jambos left Pittodrie feeling short-changed after Aberdeen capitalised on their man advantage to win 3-2.

After Sam Cosgrove’s opener, Steven Naismith and Jamie Walker put the Jambos ahead.

However, Aaron Hickey was sent off not long after and the Dons fought back through a Cosgrove penalty and Ryan Hedges’ close-range strike.

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“I’m left ruing some bad decision making because I thought we did more than enough to take something from the match,” Levein said.

“He [Aaron] is quite a sensible boy, it was a deserved booking in the first half and I can’t complain at the dismissal because he’s dived in when he didn’t need to. He’s a great kid and he’ll learn from it, he’ll get better.

“We’ve come here a few times and been well beaten but I thought we deserved three points today.”

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The Jambos made two changes after going behind, bringing on both Naismith and Conor Washington. Instantly, the game changed as Naismith scored with his first touch as a permanent Hearts player.

“Steven Naismith is a good player and bringing him and Washington onto the pitch is something I couldn’t do last year,” Levein added.

“I didn’t have much choice to leave them on the bench due to their recent injuries but they both affected the match, and the opposition, as Aberdeen were on the back foot when they came on.”


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