EDINBURGH gaffers Craig Levein and Paul Heckingbottom are under fire with Hearts and Hibs suffering capital punishment this season.

At Tynecastle, the home side were held to a 2-2 draw by a spirited Hamilton Accies side to topple to second bottom of the Premiership.

At Fir Park, the Easter Road outfit were mauled 3-0 by Motherwell to rack up their second successive away league loss following the 6-1 flop against Rangers at Ibrox.

Levein admitted he shares the fans’ “frustrations” and insists his team’s slump is “something I can fix”.

The Jambos have gone ELEVEN Premiership games without victory after twice surrendering the lead in the stalemate against Accies.

The under-pressure boss, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “I’m angry, some of the players are angry at each other.

“I’m terribly frustrated. Our defending was very poor. Normally, I can’t point the finger at my defenders and say they’ve underperformed, but scoring two goals at Tynecastle, we shouldn’t be drawing.

“We had players who didn’t perform at their usual level. We made mistakes that led to Hamilton’s goals.

“It was a strange game because we did a lot of good things in an attacking sense, but it’s a step back definitely in terms of our defending.

“I feel the fans are frustrated, like I am. I also feel it’s something I can fix. The defending side of things is much easier to fix than the attacking side, so we can improve that on the training ground.”

Sean Clare and Christophe Berra netted for the home side, but George Oakley replied on both occasions.

BRIAN RICE, the Accies boss, told the BBC: “I’m delighted with the performance. To come to Tynecastle and score two goals, take a point and to come from behind twice.

“It’s a great achievement and we could’ve won the match with the chances we had.”

PAUL HECKINGBOTTOM endured a tough 90 minutes as he watched his side crash to a rampant and relentless Well outfit.  .

The Hibs chief, speaking to BBC Sport, admitted: “We look a pretty side, but soft. If you are poor in one-v-one situations attacking and defending you’re going to get beat. That’s been our trend, our theme.

“We have to put right or we won’t be as successful as we want to be. You have to be better. And Motherwell were better against us.”

STEPHEN ROBINSON, his opposite number, added: “There are things to improve on as well, but to beat a team like Hibs with their resources and quality convincingly is pleasing.

“I thought our subs were fantastic when they came on and that maybe shows we have that quality we maybe didn’t before to keep that tempo, continue to press and create chances.”

Sherwin Seedorf opened the scoring with a neat shift of pace to open up space on the left wing to allow him to thunder in a low drive while Liam Donnelly added a second from the penalty spot.

It was all over for Heckingbottom’s faltering team when substitute Jermaine Hylton netted a late third to push Well up to joint fifth in the table with the Edinburgh sitting ninth.

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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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