Goals from Uche Ikpeazu and Aaron Hickey secured a brilliant 2-1 away win over Hibs. The result means in the 60 times Levein has faced Hibs as a player and a manager with Hearts, he has only lost on nine occasions.
Hibs must hate seeing the Hearts boss roll into town with those kind of numbers. This one is especially memorable for Levein due to the pressure he is currently under.
Levein hasn’t fixed everything, but it’s a start
Coming into this match, the Jambos boss hadn’t won in the league since March and had collected just 28 points since October 28 last year. A fan protest against Levein after a defeat against Motherwell sums up how they feel about him.
With Hibs storming into a 1-0 lead, many already had their knives out waiting to pounce on what looked to be his next big failure.
Levein had a different idea though. With 30 minutes to play he brought on two youngsters in Andy Irving and Callumn Morrison, going on the offensive to try and win the game.
Prior to that, he was trying to stifle his opposition. Once that was no longer viable, he went back to the drawing board and conjured up a plan that eventually outran Hibs.
He deserves credit for that. The players clearly bought into his plan too, with the Jambos running themselves into the ground for their boss.
This wasn’t a vintage performance, far from it. On the whole Hearts were still pretty poor in spells. What they did have though was grit and determination, a will to win their Edinburgh neighbours didn’t have.
This result doesn’t mean he is forgiven for all his previous results. Levein himself will know that a succession of victories has to follow now.
With all the negative things he’ll have seen and heard about his position as manager, Levein deserves his big derby win.