Locke pleased with reaction
Hearts boss Gary Locke was pleased with the way his players
responded to the last-gasp defeat to Hibernian by claiming a draw
Last Sunday, Ross Caldwell’s 90th-minute goal consigned the
Jambos to defeat and gave Hibernian their first Edinburgh derby win
at Tynecastle in four years.
But Locke’s side reacted with a battling performance to claim a
point at Pittodrie with Jamie Hamill’s own goal denying them
victory after Ryan Stevenson had given them the lead.
This came after a difficult week for Hearts, who have the
spectre of a possible points deduction hanging over them, which
could consign them to League One, after Lithuanian parent company,
UBIG, declared themselves insolvent.
“It was a battling performance which I was really pleased
about,” said Locke. “The effort and commitment from the players was
there for all to see which I felt was something that was missing
“It’s always difficult up here, and Jamie MacDonald has had to
make two or three really good saves, which you would expect him to
do at places like this, and I’m delighted with a battling 1-1
“It’s been a difficult week, but we’re paid to concentrate on
the football side of things. I’m just pleased we got a positive
result for the travelling support.
“It’s out of our hands what the SPL do. That sort of thing
doesn’t concern me. The season is finished now and I’m glad to see
the back of it to be honest, and hopefully we can now build for
“I’m building the squad towards us being in the SPL next season,
and until anyone tells me different that’s how we’ll continue. I’ll
be working hard with John Murray in the next couple of weeks to
rebuild for next season; that’s all I can do.”