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Craig Levein reflects on embarrassing defeat

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Hearts manager Craig Levein says he’s embarrassed after his side lost 5-0 to Livingston to Friday in the Scottish Premier League.

It was goalless until the 72nd minute when Livingston were awarded a penalty and Hearts went on to concede four more goals in 18 minutes, leaving Levein humiliated by the final scoreline.

“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,” Levein told Sky Sports.

“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 St 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.”