Next Game

Hearts v Dumbarton

Saturday, 14 March 2015, 15:00

Scots Champ

Last Game

Hearts 10 - 0 Cowdenb'th

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 15:00

Scots Champ

Locke hails Hearts resiliance

Hearts manager Gary Locke praised the character of his young side after Jamie Walker recovered from conceding a late penalty to quickly fire a stunning equaliser against Partick Thistle.

Last Updated: 17/08/13 at 11:12 Post Comment

Gary Locke: Delighted with his players

Gary Locke: Delighted with his players

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Walker's clumsy challenge on John Baird allowed Aaron Muirhead to lash home a well-deserved 85th-minute opener that looked set to send the Jags top of the Scottish Premiership table.

But the midfielder burst forward three minutes later to smash the ball into the top corner from 20 yards to earn Hearts a 1-1 draw and move them to within 11 points of their nearest challengers following their punishment for going into administration.

Locke said: "Fair play to Jamie. He switched off a bit at the corner and got caught wrong side and gave away the penalty. But he kept his head up and he's come up with a wonderful strike to get us back in the game.

"I'm delighted with that, it was just the 30 seconds of concentration that cost us. But we are learning all the time. We are a young team and we are going to make mistakes.

"It's important we respond in the right manner and we did that tonight."

Locke, who had six players involved in Scotland Under-21s' 6-0 defeat by England on Tuesday, added: "The players showed unbelievable character again and showed they are fighting for the cause. It was certainly a goal worthy of an equaliser.

"The spirit's there. It's been a difficult week. We have not had much time on the training ground with half the boys being away.

"Preparation wasn't great but they showed they are willing to battle right to the end."

Thistle boss Alan Archibald was proud of his players' performance but was dejected at their failure to claim victory.

"I thought we deserved three points," he said. "It felt like a defeat at the end given we were winning with five minutes to go.

"I thought we dominated possession and passed the ball really well. They were a credit to themselves and the club the way they went about their business.

"They were brave taking it and passing the ball in dangerous areas. If we were just a wee bit more clinical in the final third we would have been ahead (earlier)."

The former Thistle defender, who lost Sean Welsh to a dead leg at half-time, sensed a danger after their goal celebrations.

"For some reason as a team and a defender you drop a yard back thinking it's going to help but it doesn't," he said.

"When you have just scored you want to keep the ball for two minutes, kick it in the stand or whatever, but we couldn't do that and as a manager you are always worried about that spell."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e'll be fine, no problem. If they do get relegated, he's definitely going to ask how anyone could ever have thought that Villa were going to be fine given their problems before he came.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

S

toke though. Hmn. I don't think it was defending that made people dislike Stoke so much as the out and out cheating/nastiness they regularly displayed. That, and they kept buying the odd flair player and then ruining them (Oh! Tuncay, what were you thinking?).

megabrow (cufc)
Being Defensive About Being Defensive...

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

Footer 365

FA planning to send men's and women's GB teams to 2016 Olympics

FA are planning to send men's and women's Great Britain teams to compete in the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio.

Tottenham announce that legend and former captain Dave Mackay has died

Tottenham have announced that their former captain Dave Mackay has died. He was 80.

Liverpool boss Rodgers says Coutinho should be named top player

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes the form of Philippe Coutinho should make him player of the year.

Mail Box

Henderson The Best Midfielder In PL?

Jordan Henderson is named by two afternoon Mailboxers as the PL's best midfielder, while another suggests Man United are trying to emulate Barca...

Jose Settles Most Boring Team Debate...

There's lots of reaction to Chelsea and Liverpool's wins on Sunday, plus one Mailboxer asking: Who is the Premier League's best midfielder?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company