First Team

Get lucky

11th January 2014

Gary Locke pleased with his team's performance but wishes that Hearts could get 'the rub of the green' one day soon.

Gary Locke declared himself satisfied with his team's performance in today's defeat against Motherwell, although he bemoaned the lack of luck his team seemed to be getting at the moment.

In a closely fought encounter, the game was settled by ex-Jambo John Sutton's first half strike, while Jamie Hamill saw a last-minute shot cleared off the line, and Ryan Stevenson struck the crossbar from a deflected shot.

The manager was full of praise for his side's battling performance, and was pleased that they answered some questions from certain quarters about their desire to keep Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.

"I thought we played really well for the whole game", he said. "I just hope one week we can get a bit of the luck we deserve at the moment."

"I think, after last week, we were maybe getting questioned about one or two things but today, we showed commitment to the cause, and we need a bit of luck to go along with the effort we're putting in."

Hearts did have a few claims for a penalty in the second half, which were ignored by referee Willie Collum before Hamill's dramatic chance, which was sadly cleared off the line.

"You go by the reaction of the fans, so maybe one week we'll get a bit of luck on that front. Hamill was unlucky, the ball just got stuck between his legs, it never even fell to him the way it would to any other player."

Finally, the manager vowed his side wouldn't give up in their battle to avoid the drop, but did concede that a bit of experience in the forward line would be a welcome help in the weeks and months to come.

"There's not been many times this season where I've had to say we didn't give our best. All we're lacking is a bit of experience, like John Sutton showed in his goal. That's what experience buys you. It sums up how our season's gone, we tried to keep him, he then left and this happens."

"You can never give up, you saw that in our performance today. It's obviously going to be very difficult, but the boys are giving us everything and that's all we can ask for."