Hearts boss Craig Levein slams ‘unacceptable’, ’embarrassing’ 5-0 defeat as Jambos ‘make Livingston look like PSG’

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport

CRAIG LEVEIN has described Hearts’ chastening 5-0 defeat against Livingston as ‘embarrassing’ and ‘unacceptable’, insisting their woeful display made the Lions look like Paris Saint-Germain.

The Jambos boss pulled no punches after watching his side utterly capitulate during a nightmare 14-minute spell at the Tony Macaroni Arena. 

Goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal rashly conceded a penalty after 72 minutes when his indecisiveness in coming for a loose ball resulted in the Czech stopper barrelling into Craig Halkett. The Livi skipper dusted himself off to break the deadlock from 12 yards. 

Arnaud Djoum was subsequently dismissed for a second bookable offence before the capital club seemed the throw in the towel, shipping another four goals courtesy of Dolly Menga, a Ryan Hardie brace and Shaun Byrne. 

A visibly stunned Levein said: “It was horrible. It was embarrassing. I just didn’t see it coming.

“We lose Arnaud [Djoum], which I thought was harsh – but that is not 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 into their shell and started looking after themselves. 

“I’m embarrassed about the whole thing. What’s important is I give the fans assurances that this doesn’t happen again. And that’s what I’m doing because that just wasn’t acceptable.”

While no Hearts players emerged from a miserable night in West Lothian with their pride in tact, Levein was particularly forceful in his criticism of  Zlamal. 

He added: “Bobby [Zlamal] has spent far too long making his mind up whether to come for the ball and paid the penalty.

“As a player, when you see somebody doing something like that, you think it’s hard enough without somebody contributing to helping the opposition – which is exactly what Bobby did. 

“He had two or three in first half he could have caught but punched. He had an off-night and that crept into two or three other players. It does put you off when you see that.”

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