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

at Aberdeen.

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

last week.

“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

draw.”

“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

next season.

“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.”