Next Game

Aberdeen v Ross Co

Saturday, 07 February 2015, 15:00

Scots Prem

Last Game

Inverness 1 - 1 Ross Co

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Scots Prem

Locke praises Hearts character

Gary Locke praised his side's character in the 2-2 draw with Ross County but insisted Hearts need to eliminate defensive errors from their game if they are to progress this season.

Last Updated: 23/11/13 at 19:58 Post Comment

Gary Locke: Left to bemoan defensive errors

Gary Locke: Left to bemoan defensive errors

More of the games that matter

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

Graham Carey latched onto a short back pass from Callum Tapping to open the scoring for the visitors before Callum Paterson levelled things up for Hearts.

Melvin De Leeuw reinstated County's advantage but were put on the back foot after their captain Richard Brittain was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Ryan Stevenson snatched a late equaliser for Hearts but Locke admitted he was disappointed with the manner in which his side conceded their goals.

"Without a doubt we shot ourselves in the foot," he said. "That was one part of our play I was disappointed with.

"They did not have to work hard for their goals. The two goals we lost were poor.

"The character was magnificent again though. They are giving us everything they've got and they are shattered in that dressing room.

"I am really disappointed for them because I felt, with our second-half performance, we fully merited three points.

"We had them on the back foot for long spells and they showed a lot of bravery and character getting on the ball."

County looked on their way to claiming all three points but for Stevenson's late heroics. Their manager Derek Adams thought they should have had the game wrapped up by half-time, but said he was happy with his side's attacking endeavour.

"I thought we were the better side in the first half and we should have probably been out of sight by half-time," he said.

"It was the best offensive performance we've had this season and I thought it was a terrific advert for Scottish football.

"It was end-to-end. It was like a basketball match at times and I think everyone would have gone home happy."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Transfer news: Crystal Palace confirm the signing of Senegal defender Pape Souare

Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Senegal defender Pape Souare from Lille, subject to a work permit.

Nemanja Matic says Chelsea happy to maintain their five-point Premier League lead

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was happy to take a point after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Roberto Martinez delighted with 'immense' Everton's 1-0 win at Crystal Palace

Roberto Martinez believes his side can now reach their true potential after ending their winless run at Crystal Palace.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

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