Next Game

Motherwell v Kilmarnock

Saturday, 07 March 2015, 15:00

Scots Prem

Last Game

Motherwell 2 - 1 Inverness

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 15:00

Scots Prem

Locke refuses to give up hope

Hearts manager Gary Locke refused to accept his side are destined to be relegated from the Scottish Premiership despite their 4-1 defeat at Motherwell leaving them 20 poinas adrift at the bottom of the table.

Last Updated: 01/03/14 at 19:44 Post Comment

Gary Locke: Refusing to give up hope

Gary Locke: Refusing to give up hope

Goals from Iain Vigurs, Lionel Ainsworth, John Sutton and James McFadden secured the points for Stuart McCall's side, despite Callum Paterson scoring a consolation effort for the Edinburgh side.

It is now appears simply a matter of time before Hearts' relegation is confirmed, but Locke remains determined to take some positives from their situation.

"It's getting closer but we have said all along that until it is mathematically impossible, we've just got to keep working hard," said Locke.

"We had a disappointing day but it's important we learn from it and go again next week and try to get the three points.

"It was a difficult day. We had taken great strides in the last couple of months but this game was a step back.

"We didn't really cause them any problems whatsoever. We didn't get to grips with Ainsworth and McFadden and that proved to be our downfall."

In contrast, McCall was pleased to see his third-placed side return to winning ways after they suffered back-to-back defeats against Dundee United and St Johnstone.

"We knew we let our standards slip in the last two games. We lost six goals in the last two games and we were really sloppy in those games," he said.

"I was slightly disappointed with the goal we gave away in this game if I'm being honest but there were lots of positives.

"We have been playing well at home but this was always going to be a tricky game because Hearts have been improving.

"They can play with a bit of freedom and we were on the back of two defeats.

"I'm really pleased with the all-round effort and goals on a tricky pitch."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

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

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

Mark Hughes angered by officials in Stoke win over Hull

Mark Hughes was pleased with Stoke's 1-0 win over Hull but angered after the officials missed a challenge on Stephen Ireland.

Sean Dyche downbeat after Burnley lose to Swansea defeat at Turf Moor

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his side must start turning performances into wins after losing 1-0 to Swansea at Turf Moor.

Jonas Gutierrez wants top-10 finish for Newcastle after return

Jonas Gutierrez has targeted a top-10 finish with Newcastle after returning to the squad for the win against Aston Villa.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

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