SHELL-SHOCKED Hearts boss Craig Levein watched his team hammered 5-0 last night and admitted the Edinburgh outfit made Livingston “look like Paris Saint-Germain”.

Arnaud Djoum was sent off for a second booking just after Craig Halkett had opened the scoring in the 74th minute via the penalty spot.

Dolly Menga added second and Ryan Hardie netted a double as Livi scored FOUR times in SEVEN minutes, with Shaun Byrne piling on the misery with a fifth.

Levein moaned: “Horrible. Embarrassing. I just didn’t see it coming. We had things go against us in a short time frame, starting with Clevid Dikamona having to go off.

“We’ve got injuries at centre-half without that happening. The second-half, we started reasonably well. I felt we were better than the first-half.

“Then we’ve had a mad spell around the first goal when Bobby Zlamal has spent far too long making his mind up whether to come for the ball, and paid the penalty.

“We lose Arnaud, I thought it was harsh, but it wasn’t what led to us losing five goals. That was down to us capitulating. We made them look like Paris Saint-Germain at times.

“Some people went in their shell and started looking after themselves. It’s embarrassing, it really is. I have to give credit to Livingston, but my main concern is making sure that, for our supporters, in particular, that doesn’t happen again. Because that just wasn’t acceptable.”

Livi gaffer Gary Holt was delighted with his side who jumped to fifth in the Premiership, two points behind the Tynecastle outfit who could have gone joint-top with Celtic with a victory.

He said: “They keep producing the intensity, it makes a great threat.

“They kept going, kept creating chances. When Hearts went down to 10, we didn’t panic, played with composure, created chances.”

The West Lothian outfit are making a habit of picking up vital points at home in this campaign. They have already taken one in a goalless draw with Brendan Rodgers’ champions Celtic and they won all three when they turned over Steven Gerrard’s Rangers 1-0 with a Menga goal.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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