Hearts: Gary Locke looks to fans for inspiration for season

Gary Locke

Hearts manager Gary Locke says their fans will help the club have a good season despite an opening Scottish Premiership loss to St Johnstone.

Around 4,000 supporters outnumbered the home contingent at McDiarmid Park, where Stevie May's goal won the points for Saints.

"The fans have been fantastic," Locke told BBC Radio Scotland.

"We're a big, big club and with that type of backing we'll certainly go on and hopefully do well this season."

The Tynecastle side need to claw back a 15-point deduction which was received because of the club going into administration.

And Locke was frustrated they did not begin to reduce that deficit against St Johnstone.

"I was disappointed with our lack of creativity in the final third," Locke said.

"We didn't really put them under enough pressure. But they're young lads, we've got to try and remain positive.

"We battled well in the second half without having any sort of penetration.

"We've got big guys in the team so if we get the delivery right, we'll get goals."

Next up for Hearts is an Edinburgh derby at home to Hibernian next Sunday.