Gary Locke hails Hearts after League Cup progress

Jamie Hamill gives Gary Locke a high-five after scoring. Picture: Jane Barlow
Jamie Hamill gives Gary Locke a high-five after scoring. Picture: Jane Barlow
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Hearts boss Gary Locke had nothing but praise for his players despite needing penalties yet again to see off Queen of the South in the League Cup.

The third round tie remained all square after both 90 minutes and extra-time, with spot-kicks finally separating the two sides at Tynecastle.

The Jambos also needed penalties to overcome Raith Rovers in the last round but Locke was just thrilled to book their place in the quarter-finals.

He said: “Credit to the players, they gave us everything tonight.

“We could have defended a bit better and there was a bit of naivety but I’ve got nothing but praise for the boys.

“They worked their socks off and the main thing is we are in the next round.

“It’s all about being in the next round.”

Kevin McHattie’s opener was cancelled out by Ryan McGuffie.

Jamie Hamill then netted from the penalty spot but a Michael Paton leveller forced the tie into extra-time.

Hearts skipper Danny Wilson was on target two minutes later but Chris Higgins equalised as penalties loomed.

Locke added: “It’s not great for the heart going to penalties.

“But we knew it was going to be a tough game and Queens were a credit to themselves.

“Jim McIntyre has them playing really well.”

Queens boss McIntyre had no complaints about his players after exiting the cup.

He said: “First and foremost there’s a lot of pride in the players.

“We went behind three times and kept at it.

“We just needed to be more ruthless because we had some really good opportunities.I thought we were excellent but all credit to Hearts, they were ruthless with their chances.

“When it comes to penalties it’s a lottery.

“It’s about holding your nerve and you need a bit of lady luck. It’s always been the same.”