First Team

Ben up for the fight

12th March 2019

Ben Garuccio knows Hearts will have to fight for the right to make a second cup semi final of the season.

Partick Thistle visit Tynecastle this evening after the two sides drew in last week’s William Hill Scottish Cup sixth round match at Firhill.

The Aussie full back, who assisted Christophe Berra’s opening goal, thinks his side will have learned from that experience and can take confidence from beating Dundee at Dens Park on Saturday.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Ben said: “It was definitely important to get that lift ahead of tonight’s game.

“Those are the games, come the end of the season, that nobody is going to remember how it was played or the way in which we got the result but it was just important that went out there, we scored early and did really well throughout the game. It was nice to get a cleansheet away from home.

“It gives me a lot of confidence (getting the cleansheet). It’s always really easy when you’ve got like Christophe back there. Probably more so than most game, I did more defending than usual as well.

“That’s what it going to be like sometimes when you’re playing away. You need to make sure you’re up for the job, fully concentrated the whole game and I think that boys were excellent.

“Tonight is a huge game. Hopefully the fans can recognise that as well and come out in numbers because it’s important for us, where back here playing at home and that’s always a massive positive for us. To have the fans behind us would mean everything.

 

“I think Partick Thistle showed that they’re not going to back down, which is normal in a cup tie. No team is going to let you just go there and dominate the game and not going to fight.

“We’ve got to be ready for a fight every time we play. No matter who the opposition is. It’s important that we’re doing everything right and playing the way we want to play to ensure that we get the right result.

“You can’t take your eye off the ball. It’s important for us to really try and shut out the game when we can.

“That’s something that we need to look at defensively, and from an attacking point of view as well, we need to come out and put the game to bed when we have the chances.

“It would be amazing to get to Hampden. In your first season at the club, to go on and achieve that would be terrific.

“Tonight is full focus, hope to get the right result and that would give us the opportunity to play in a big game. I’m just relishing the opportunity. The games are fun, they’re challenging and I’m enjoying it.”

Ben’s press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.