One. Last. Push. Our quarter-final showdown with St. Mirren is nearly upon us, and heartsfc.co.uk dug into the details and looked ahead to the big game.
The journey so far...
Hearts kicked off this season's Scottish Cup campaign with an expected, but composed, 5-0 win over Auchinleck Talbot in Ayrshire. Our win in Round 4 set up a meeting with fellow Premiership side Livingston at Tynecastle. The match finished 0-0 after both regular and extra time, with Craig Gordon saving Ayo Obileye's penalty in the shoot-out to send Hearts through.
St. Mirren also started their cup journey with a good win in Ayrshire: seeing off Ayr United 2-0 at Somerset. The fifth round threw them together with League 2's high rollers Kelty Hearts. The Buddies beat the Fifers 4-0 to ease through to the quarter-final stage.
Previously at Tynecastle...
What's Robbie said?
“Over the season, we’ve had very few injuries and now we’re in a position where we’ve picked up a number in a few days. We’ve got a good quality squad so we should be fine,” he told the media at press.
“I already have 90% of my team for Saturday in my head, and there are a few that are borderline and will be tested on the Saturday morning. We’re a small squad but a high quality one. Any one of our 18-first team players can slot in and still comfortably be a top four team.
“It’s the luck of the game sometimes to get injuries like that, we just need to deal with it.
“They’ll be on a high after their late winner the other night. They’ve flitted between three and four at the back and stuck with four at Dundee. I’d imagine they’d stick with that going forward.
“This is massive for us. A club of Hearts’ stature: we want to win trophies, challenge at the top of the league and push for European football. Scottish Cup is a big opportunity for us: we’re in the last eight, home tie, and we want to try and win it.
“For me, Tynecastle under the floodlights is one of the best places to play. When all the fans come in and are there for kick-off, the place will be rocking. It’s always a good atmosphere and I’m sure we’ll be ready for it.”
This is our story...
Did you know that Saturday night will be the 20th meeting between Hearts and St. Mirren in the Scottish Cup? The last time we faced the Buddies in this competition was in a quarter-final replay in Paisley. Hearts won 2-0, on the way to a legendary Scottish Cup triumph.
Goals from Jamie Hamill and one Rudi Skacel did the damage, whilst Jamie MacDonald saved a penalty, to set up a semi-final showdown with Celtic at Hampden.
We need every Hearts fan possible with us for the next chapter of the story at Tynecastle on Saturday night! Victory over St. Mirren would send Hearts to Hampden. Kick off in Gorgie is 7.45pm