We were flat, admits Locke

Hearts manager Gary Locke admitted his side had been below their best as they lost 2-1 to Hibernian in the Edinburgh derby.

Last Updated: 12/05/13 at 18:37 Post Comment

Gary Locke: Derby frustration for Hearts manager

Gary Locke: Derby frustration for Hearts manager

The Jambos now look set for a 10th-place finish in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after Ross Caldwell fired home a late winner for the visitors at Tynecastle.

Hibs leapfrogged their rivals into ninth spot with the victory after Leigh Griffths' free-kick had earlier cancelled out Darren Barr's opener for the hosts.

Locke told the club's official website: "The players were really flat today. We've been getting plaudits for how we've done lately, but we didn't get going. The preparation was the same.

"Hibs played at a tempo that we wanted, but couldn't match it. In a derby game, you've got to win individual battles but we lost too many.

"We probably didn't deserve to lead at half time, and we tried to stress that we needed to win second balls, then we gave away a sloppy free kick and you can't allow a player like Griffiths a free shot at goal.

"We'll look to the summer now, and try to get some new players in, and try to improve from this season."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

La Liga: Carlo Ancelotti praises 'professional' Real Madrid after 3-1 Barcelona win

Carlo Ancelotti praised Real Madrid's "unique professionalism" after they came from a goal down to beat Barcelona.

Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino says Alan Pardew deserves more respect

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it is tough not to feel sorry for Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew.

La Liga: Luis Enrique stands by Luis Suarez selection after Barcelona defeat

Luis Enrique defended his decision to start Luis Suarez against Real Madrid after his team slumped to a 3-1 defeat.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property