First Team

Tziolis: Focus on Hibs

20th February 2017

Greek midfielder disappointed with draw against Inverness but insists focus now on winning cup tie.

Alex Tziolis insisted Hearts had to put the disappointment of Saturday’s draw with Inverness behind them as they head into “the most important game of the year” on Wednesday.

After drawing 1-1 with the Highlanders, the Jambos now head to Easter Road to face Hibs for a place in the quarter-finals, with a home tie against Ayr United awaiting the victors.

“Everybody is disappointed with Saturday’s result,” said Tziolis. “It’s a result that nobody wanted.

“It was a good performance, but not our best and it shows that you have to be 100 per cent concentrated in every game.

"We have to live with this and continue.”

After drawing the original game 0-0 at Tynecastle, the Greek international midfielder was adamant that the team had what it took to see off their old rivals, revealing he’d been informed ahead of time just how much the game means.

“Wednesday night is an important game. We have to recover. Football continues and we have to think about the next game.

“The derby will be a difficult game again but we have to go there to win. For us there is no other result.”

When asked if he realised how important the game was, Alex confessed from day one that supporters of the club hadn’t been shy in letting him know just how vital a win in the derby would be.

“I understood the rivalry from the first day I came here. Before the first game, everybody was speaking about this game. What did the fans say to me? That it is the most important game of the year.

“I understand how important the game is. It’s like derbies everywhere, the fans think only about this game. It is the game of the year.”

“When you win, you are really happy. When you lose? I don’t want to think about this. We have to go and find a way.

“Now we know the opponent better. Some players here are new and we didn’t know the opponent. I hope on Wednesday everything will be okay and we get through. I hope on Wednesday we give our fans happiness."