CRAIG LEVEIN has said that he was ‘thrilled’ with his side after securing a 2-1 victory in Dingwall, despite being down to 10 men.

The Jambos’ manager was happy with his side’s resilience after coming to a tough stadium against strong opponents and grinding out a result.

“Every game away from home in the Premier League is difficult and I was pleased overall with how we played. We passed the ball very well in spells, although we are not on a roll yet.

“We have not yet got any major momentum behind us, but for long spells in the first half I felt we were doing the things I hope that we will do week in and week out.”

The Jambos went ahead thanks to Goncalves but the Staggies equalised minutes later through Keillor-Dunn. It was Hearts again who took the lead around the hour mark thanks to Jamie Walker. However, they would be down a man for the remaining 25 minutes after Randall’s second bookable offence.

“I said at half-time the way we were going to win the game was to pass the ball and if we wanted to we could do it. They gave me a pretty good answer.

“It was good to see the resilience from the team after we went down to 10 men. Players have to sacrifice themselves. Kyle Lafferty had to go wide on the right and he did a perfectly good job in that position. Jamie Walker had to become a defensive midfield player and he did that excellently, but I was thrilled to bits with them all.”

Hearts now sit in 7th place and host St Johnstone on Saturday before visiting rivals Hibernian on Tuesday for the first Edinburgh derby of the season.


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