Aug 31, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Caledonian Stadium
InvernessInverness Caledonian Thistle
2-0
Hearts
Mckay (10', 32')
Doran (33')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Gary Locke: Hearts defeat a setback

Hearts boss Gary Locke on the touchline against Dunfermline on July 13, 2013
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Hearts manager Gary Locke insists that his side's defeat at Inverness Caledonian Thistle should not force the players to drop their heads.

Hearts manager Gary Locke has insisted that his players should let their heads drop despite their away defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.

Billy Mckay's first-half double was enough to ensure that Caley stay at the top of the Scottish Premiership, while the Jambos were unable to continue eating away at the point-deduction.

"I actually thought we started reasonably well, we passed well. Maybe I'm a bit disappointed not to have been as effective in final third, but I thought they perhaps scored the first against the run of play," Locke told reporters.

"Second half they were certainly better team. We just have to take it on chin, work hard and hopefully get everyone available for Celtic.

Hearts are nine points behind St Mirren at the foot of the table, but have shaved seven points off the 15 they were deducted for entering into administration.

Anthony Stokes of Celtic celebrates after scoring a goal during the Scottish Premier League game between Celtic and Ross County on August 3, 2013
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