First Team

Easter Road Record Can Inspire Us

20th September 2019

Christophe Berra thinks that Hearts can take confidence from their performances at Easter Road last season as they head into their first Edinburgh derby of the season.

Speaking ahead of the match on Sunday, the skipper said that he believes there is no better game with which to turn around their fortunes.

"We know it's a big game. It always is, the derby. There's a lot of media coverage on it, both teams aren't doing very well in the league so there'll be a lot at stake.

"We have got a good squad of players. It's just about gelling as a team. We are working hard out there and doing our utmost to get that performance and victory first and foremost and build on that with performances.

The captain played in both games in Leith last season, with the highlight being a 1-0 win just before New Year thanks to an Olly Lee screamer.

"Our last two games we've won and we've drawn, so we'll take confidence from that. It is a new season, there's different demands on both sets of players and it's always a tough place to go to.

"It's about us applying our game plan, starting on the front foot and making sure the home fans turn against them, make it a difficult atmosphere for them and make it volatile."

"Adrenaline will be high. You'll be up for it - we always are - but it's live on telly, away to your biggest rivals. Playing at Easter Road is always good. I don't know what kind of atmosphere it will be. It's a good game to have, as long as you're coming out on the winning side."

You can catch all of Christophe's press conference on HeartsTV by clicking here.