Hearts’ Levein a ‘big fan’ of Ac­cies man Can­ning

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

HEARTS man­ager Craig Levein has heaped praise on Martin Can­ning ahead of his side’s trip to Hamil­ton this week­end.

Can­ning’s Ac­cies nar­rowly avoided rel­e­ga­tion to the Lad­brokes Cham­pi­onship last sea­son af­ter beat­ing Dundee United in the play-off fi­nal, but they have made a good start to the new sea­son.

They sit in sev­enth place with seven points fol­low­ing im­pres­sive wins over Dundee and Hiber­nian.

By con­trast, Levein has in­her­ited a team strug­gling for form af­ter he took over from Ian Cathro at Tynecas­tle and he ex­pects a tough chal­lenge at the Su­per­seal Sta­dium to­mor­row.

He said: “Hamil­ton are a tough team to play against, we haven’t won against them in a while.

“They are very well or­gan­ised and I’m a big fan of Martin Can­ning and the peo­ple at Hamil­ton who stuck with him last sea­son af­ter a tough spell. I like to see that.

“He’s got the team head­ing in the right di­rec­tion so it will be a hard game for us.

“What will be en­cour­ag­ing is that we have sold a fair num­ber of tick­ets and there will be quite a big trav­el­ling sup­port com­ing through.”

He added: “They’re well or­gan­ised and a hard-work­ing team. They punch above their weight for their bud­get so I think they do a good job.

“We haven’t won there in a while so that tells a story.”

Levein made an en­cour­ag­ing start to his sec­ond spell in the Hearts dugout by over­see­ing an im­pres­sive per­for­mance in the goal­less draw with Aberdeen.

Randy Wot­ers scored a screamer in Dundee U/20’s 4-2 win over Aberdeen.

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