Derby experience can help us, says Eva

20 April 2023

Unlike in the previous derbies, there is no Capital Cup up for grabs, but nevertheless, the three points would be vital for either side as Hearts look to extend their advantage in fourth spot with Hibs looking to close the gap.

Hearts hold an eight-point lead over their rivals, but the introduction of the split means leads like this can disappear in the space of only a few matches. 

Olid gave some players a rest in the midweek defeat to Celtic and is fully aware of how important Saturday’s match is in their quest to finish fourth.

“In the split, we know our key matches are against Hibs and Partick Thistle,” she said.

“They are the matches we try to be 100% focused on. The Celtic game was more of a preparation for Saturday. I think the result is not realistic because I think we had more opportunities than we had in other matches against the top three and it’s about who can be more clinical.

“When those chances arrived, Celtic took them and we didn’t, that was the difference.

“We know it’s not going to be the Capital Cup this time, there will be fewer people there and fewer media in the build-up. Last time we had a lot of that, but I want the players to get used to that amount of pressure, because if we want women’s football in Scotland to grow, we need to be ready for that.

“I think we have to take the experience from the previous two matches into Saturday’s match, remain focused and try to perform our best.”

Saturday’s match is live on Sky Sports with a 19:45 kick-off.

Hearts fans can purchase tickets from the following link and are encouraged to buy seats in sections 1 and 2. 

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