First Team

Gary: Couldn't be prouder

18th January 2014

Gary Locke insists his players proved their character in dramatic McDiarmid Park draw.

Gary Locke has spoken of his pride at his players' never-say-die attitude, after coming from behind to draw at St Johnstone.

The Jambos were 3-1 down at one point, but late goals from Sam Nicholson and Danny Wilson made sure they left Perth with a point which left the manager a proud man.

Speaking after the game, Gary said: "I can't be any prouder of our players. You saw the spirit we've got in the camp. They're a young team but they never give up. I couldn't be any prouder of them today.

"It's been a rollercoaster, but the last ten minutes showed the character in the squad. The character that they showed today was tremendous.

"I think that's what the fans appreciate. It's been a difficult season for us. We've taken a few knocks but hopefully our luck will turn in the second half of the season.

"To get two penalties against you and to still show the character to come back speaks volumes for the players."

Sam and Dale Carrick both hit maiden goals for the top team at McDiarmid Park, a feat pleased the Gorgie gaffer.

"I'm delighted for Sam," he said. "We've got a little diamond there, I think. He's done well for the U20s and he came on and looked very lively and very direct.

"I'm delighted to see both him and Dale Carrick get their first goals for the club. That'll give them a huge boost."