Gary Mackay: So pleased and proud for Gary Locke

Gary Locke celebrates after Billy King scores his side's second goal of the game. Picture: SNS
Gary Locke celebrates after Billy King scores his side's second goal of the game. Picture: SNS
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After all he’s had to deal with this season, it gave me huge pride to see Gary Locke, the Hearts manager, getting the pleasure of that victory yesterday.

With the team having been pulled from pillar to post this season, to still have the spirit and resolve to get three victories out of four against the club’s biggest rivals over the course of the campaign is a massive achievement.

The manner in which yesterday’s win was achieved was absolutely outstanding and Gary and his backroom staff deserve great credit for getting such a strong team performance in a game with so much at stake.

It really was a magnificent performance. I don’t think we were ever under real pressure in the game.

Hibs had a few free-kicks and corners but overall Hearts were excellent. We had some really good individual performances but ultimately it was all about our team performance.

Because of the results on Saturday, there was big pressure on us to avoid the defeat that would have seen us go down at the hands of Hibs, but we handled that pressure superbly whereas Hibs didn’t handle it on the day.

The togetherness of the football club was epitomised by the supporters in the stands who were absolutely superb.

I was also pleased to see the Hearts fans retain their dignity and remain on their best behaviour despite the fact yesterday’s match clearly had the potential to be a powder keg fixture after all the frenzied build up.

It would be great if Tynecastle was as raucous as that every week and hopefully the feelgood factor carries over into Wednesday’s game with Aberdeen.

It will obviously be a really hard game because they are riding the cusp of a wave at the moment, but after beating Hibs for a third time this season, who is to say we can’t do the same to Aberdeen?

The pride we all felt at the end of the game yesterday is something that we want to feel for many more years as Hearts supporters so hopefully things will go to plan in Lithuania over the coming weeks as we wait to come out of administration and start the process of rebuilding this great club of ours.