Gary Locke wants reaction to video nasty

Paul McCallum battles with Keith Lasley
Paul McCallum battles with Keith Lasley
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GARY LOCKE wants a response from Hearts this weekend following their 4-1 capitulation to Motherwell.

The Jambos travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday with manager Locke still reeling from the manner of their defeat at Fir Park and eager to see a positive reaction.

The Hearts squad watched the Motherwell match during a video analysis session at their Riccarton training base on Monday. Whilst keen not to dwell on what was a poor performance overall, Locke wants his players to respond in the right manner at Rugby Park.

“We’ve been over the video nasty and I’m just hoping it’s a blip,” he told the Evening News. “I kind of knew we would probably have a wee dip again with the team being so young, but it was a bad performance and there are no excuses. If we’ve only got two players who turn up, you don’t have much chance of winning.

“Hopefully it’s only a blip and we can get down to Kilmarnock on Saturday and get back to the performances we were putting in before Motherwell. The boys had been doing well and we were all disappointed with what happened. Hopefully we can respond this weekend.”

Midfielder Callum Tapping remains doubtful for this weekend due to a hamstring complaint. “He’s had a couple of niggling injuries – a hamstring, a thigh and a knee. I’d imagine he’ll be doubtful again for this weekend,” explained Locke.

“We’ve been fortunate this season with injuries. The couple we’ve had were long-term so it could’ve been a lot worse for us. If we had a lot of long-term injuries we might have had a problem. Injuries are part and parcel of the game but mostly it’s only been one or two out. In years gone by, I’ve seen us have six or seven players out for a lengthy spell.