First Team

Big thanks for big crowd

6th May 2014

Manager looking for massive numbers tomorrow so his lads can turn on the style as a thank you.

Gary Locke is hoping for another bumper crowd at Tynecastle for the Jambos' final Scottish Premiership home match of the season so that his lads can bow out in style.

The men in maroon have won five games from their last six, including a devastating display against Kilmarnock on Sunday that saw Hearts hit five for the first time since the thumping Scottish Cup Final victory over Hibs in May 2012, and the manager wants as many supporters inside Tynecastle as possible when Partick Thistle visit tomorrow night so that his players can say 'thank you'.

Speaking at this morning's pre-match press conference, Gary said: "It would be nice to carry on the form from the weekend. It was a really good team performance and I said after the game that it's a performance that was for the supporters and for the support we've had all season. It was great to put on a show for them and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow night.

"We're so thankful of the support we've had and we've tried to make that perfectly clear all season. It would be fitting to go out on a high at Tynecastle because the support we had again at the weekend - just over 14,000 - was nothing short of incredible.

"We're taking a huge support to St Mirren as well so it just shows you the size of the football club and hopefully we can repay them with a couple of wins before the season finishes.

"The only reason I'm still sitting here is because of our supporters. They put their hand in their pocket a couple of years ago then they were asked to do so last summer and they've got right behind the football club.

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"The great thing is you can see that there's a right bond, now. The fans are all getting right behind the team and obviously the players really appreciate the support we've had. The pleasing thing as well is that a lot of the players here are Hearts fans, which is great.

"Hopefully we've got a really bright future ahead of us and hopefully everything gets sorted out in the next couple of weeks, off the pitch. You can see with the fan base we've got that the club's got a bright future ahead of it."

Meanwhile, Gary revealed that Paul McCallum's loan spell at the club has been cut short due to injury.

"Paul McCallum's went back down to West Ham," he said. "He's got an ankle problem that he's had had for a couple of months and he's really struggled to shake off. He's gone back down to see the medical team at West Ham.

"It's really unfortunate for the lad and we thank him for the work he's done here but he's got to go down and there and try and get himself right for next season."

Gary's pre-match press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.