First Team

Carrick: We'll keep fighting

12th January 2014

Dale Carrick pleased to get his first start of the season, but regrets that Hearts weren't able to reward fans with goal their play richly deserved.

Dale Carrick praised his team-mates for their battling display, despite Motherwell's victory at Tynecastle on Sunday, as the Jambos fell to a 1-0 defeat against Stuart McCall's side.

The young striker reflected on his first start of the season, which saw the Jambos produce a stellar performance to keep Motherwell on the back foot, only to be hit by a sucker-punch goal from John Sutton just before half time.

After the match, 'Speedy' admitted his dismay that the Jambos didn't manage to end the match with the goal they so richly deserved.

"It was a great performance, but we just couldn't finish it off with a goal today. Time's slipping away from us a bit, but with that comes less pressure which allows us to play more."

Dale inadvertently highlighted the struggle faced by the team at the minute, by mentioning the lack of bodies for training being boosted last week by the presence of some schoolboys from the U17s and younger age groups.

"The bodies are running out a bit right now. It just seems like there's fewer every day at training. It was good last week because the school holidays were on, so we had a few extra lads to boost numbers."

Lastly, Dale felt he should have done better with his early chance, but vowed that he'd do better next time, and expressed his hope that Hearts would get the break that their performances deserve in the weeks to come.

"We thought we had nothing to lose, which is probably why we were so attacking. It was good to get my first start of the season, although I should have done better with the early chance. I should have just hit it with my left foot, but that's behind me now. We're just needing the rub of the green, because I think we really deserve it at the moment".