First Team

Gary: End of a great week

19th April 2014

Gary Locke hails his side's victory over Ross County as Hearts end a very positive week off the park on a high note.

Gary Locke hailed his side as the Jambos rounded off the end of a 'really positive week' for Heart of Midlothian with an excellent 2-0 win over Ross County in the Tynecastle sunshine.

Second half strikes from Jamie Hamill and Dale Carrick gave the boys in maroon an impressive victory, despite seeing Hamill red-carded in the aftermath of his opening goal.

Despite the deficit in the playing numbers, the Jambos looked dangerous on the break and eventually ended County's resistance with another fine counter attacking goal in injury time.

After the match, the gaffer insisted that while other teams might have 'downed tools' as the season comes to a close, his team certainly wouldn't be joining them.

"I said to the players that some people might think our season's over but I thought you could see again today just how much the team's improved", he said.

"All the players involved today were exceptional, even the subs who came on did their part, so I'm delighted. It might seem too little, too late, but it really augurs well for the future."

Gary admitted he was keen to see his side finish within the 15 point deficit his team were burdened with last summer, with today's match drawing Hearts 'level' on points with County in the table.

"It's a target for us, we want to get within the 15 points but more importantly, we want to keep this good run of form going, because wherever we go, we'll get a great backing. You saw that today, the crowd was outstanding yet again, so we're playing for them as well."

Lastly, the manager put aside thoughts of his own future, but welcomed the news of Chairwoman Designate Ann Budge's statement, outlining her plan to have Hearts out of administration 'well before next season begins', which would allow Hearts to start their SPFL Championship season on an equal footing with other sides.

"It would be great to be able to start next season free on any impediments, it's been a really positive week for everybody involved with the club and it was great to end it on a high note as well."

"I know for a fact that Mrs Budge is working tirelessly behind the scenes, but at the moment we'll just focus on the football side of things and I'll look forward to meeting with her somewhere down the line."