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Football: MY STORM TROOPERS.

Byline: Alan McCabe

CRAIG LEVEIN last night praised his Hearts stars for bouncing back from their Scottish Cup horror show with a last-gasp win at Aberdeen.

A 90th-minute Gary Wales goal secured the points for the Jambos at weather- beaten Pittodrie to keep them in third spot in the SPL.

Boss Levein reckoned his side showed every quality they lacked in Saturday's 4-0 defeat by Falkirk to see off the determined Dons.

He said: "I'm pleased we bounced back, particularly for the supporters, after the stick we rightly took at the weekend.

"We didn't concentrate on Saturday and the work rate lacked in Saturday's 4-0 defeat by Falkirk to see off the determined Dons.

He said: "I'm pleased we bounced back, particularly for the supporters, after the stick we rightly took at the weekend.

"We didn't concentrate on Saturday and the work rate dipped considerably from what we were capable of before the break.

"But we picked it up and worked very hard in difficult conditions.

"I can't believe what we did on Saturday - the players can't believe it either. Against Aberdeen we were a lot more professional."

Keeper Tepi Moilanen's debut was a plus point. The giant Finn said: "Back home the weather is cold but not this windy. I had a few saves to make which was better than just standing about.

"The players in the dressing room are delighted. There was a determination about the team because they know there are good players here who had good results before the winter break."

Stephane Mahe went off just before half-time with an Achilles knock but it isn't as bad as was first feared.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 29, 2003
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