First Team

Carrick: We can't give up

3rd March 2014

'Speedy' insists Hearts won't give up on battle to avoid the drop despite blow of losing to Motherwell on Saturday.

Dale Carrick admitted that things didn't look good for Hearts in their battle to avoid the drop, but insisted he and his fellow players would keep fighting until the very end.

Speedy came off the bench at half-time and saw an impressive solo effort crack off the bar at the start of the second half, but his efforts were in vain as an impressive Motherwell side ran out comfortable winners in a 4-1 victory at Fir Park.

After the game, Dale conceded that time had almost run out for Hearts, but was resolute in his belief that the Jambos would fight until the very last second.

"I thought my shot was going in, and if it had, maybe things would have gone differently. Making it 2-1 with 40 minutes to go would have been a real boost".

"We're just trying to get every point we can. It obviously doesn't look good for us, but we have to keep fighting. Until it's mathematically impossible, we'll just try and win as much as we can."

Speedy also made a point of revealing his determination to earn a place in Gary Locke's starting line-up, admitting that he wanted to start more games and hoped that he might get a longer run of games.

"It's frustrating not to start, but I respect the gaffer's decision. I just need to try and impress when I get on the park, and hopefully I can get more game time now."