Hearts/Hibs round-up: Locke anger| Hibs ‘worn out’

Gary Locke. Picture: SNS
Gary Locke. Picture: SNS
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A full round-up of the Hearts/Hibs news making the headlines this morning, as well as stories from the rest of Scotland and beyond.

Locke hits out at defending

Hearts boss Gary Locke slammed his team’s defending last night after losing 2-0 to Partick Thistle.

“The goals were a disaster,” he said. “That really rankles me.” (Daily Record)

Hibs ‘ran out of steam’

Terry Butcher says Hibs may have run out of energy against Dundee United due to fatigue from the derby win over Hearts.

Hibs blew a two-goal lead to end on a draw, which Butcher put down to having an extra day’s rest. (Daily Express)

Hearts missed pair

Gary Locke admitted his side struggled in the absence of captain Danny Wilson and Jamie Hamill in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Partick Thistle.

Defender Wilson sat out a second successive match due to illness, while midfielder Hamill served a one-match suspension. The pair are regarded as two important players in a paper-thin squad made up mostly of youngsters.

Hibs ‘improving’

Hibs boss Terry Butcher insisted he could not fault his players despite throwing away a two-goal lead.

He said: “We can’t afford to be too disappointed as we are improving all the time and that is the main thing.”

In Brief:

• Richard Foster defended Rangers team-mate Arnold Peralta after the defender saw red in Sunday’s Scottish League One game against Stenhousemuir.

• Sir Bobby Charlton hailed Eusebio as a “true sportsman” and “one of the finest players” he has played against following the former Portugal forward’s death at the age of 71 on Sunday.

• Manchester United manager David Moyes is refusing to “hype up” the prospect of new faces arriving at Old Trafford later this month.

• Jubilant Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is delighted to be facing Manchester United back at Old Trafford again next week.

• Embattled West Ham boss Sam Allardyce concedes his side are fighting to avert “total disaster” after their 5-0 thrashing at Nottingham Forest.

• Jose Mourinho is adamant Chelsea players do not dive despite Ramires becoming the second Blue in successive games to be shown a yellow card for simulation.

• Midfielder Jack Wilshere is in no doubt Arsenal have finally “clicked”.

• After taking the Tottenham job, Tim Sherwood said he was not one to complicate the game and he certainly proved that in the explanation of his tactics following the north London derby defeat to Arsenal.

• Brendan Rodgers admits his whole Liverpool squad will need to play a part in the rest of the season after seeing striker Iago Aspas open his account in the FA Cup.

• Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has told his players to enjoy their cup adventure as a gruelling schedule shows no signs of abating.

• Jack Butland has his sights firmly set on a place in England’s World Cup squad in Brazil this summer.

• Josh Murphy played a starring role on his full professional debut in Norwich’s 1-1 draw against Fulham in the FA Cup third round at Carrow Road.

• Julian Speroni is unsure what the future holds with his contract at Crystal Palace set to expire in the summer - but manager Tony Pulis has hinted at a new deal.