Berra seeks Hearts up­lift in form


CHRISTOPHE Berra reck­ons a derby clash with Hiber­nian could be the game to kick-start Hearts’ prepa­ra­tions for the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal next month. Craig Levein’s side went down 3-1 to Rangers on Satur­day in their first post-split Pre­mier­ship fix­ture. Hearts have won just two of their last six out­ings but the semi-fi­nal vic­tory over In­ver­ness Ca­ley This­tle last week­end could prove to be one of their most sig­nif­i­cant of the cam­paign. Levein takes his Jam­bos to Easter Road on Sun­day and cap­tain Berra is de­ter­mined to get back on track for the sea­son run-in. He said: “Ev­ery­one will be look­ing for­ward to the fi­nal and it’s a one-off game on a big oc­ca­sion. “Nat­u­rally, that gives you an ex­tra 10 per cent, we’ll have noth­ing to lose, we’ll be un­der­dogs and hope we have a good game­plan and give it a go. We don’t want to go there in bad form and ev­ery game we play, we want to win. “Satur­day wasn’t good enough, but we’ve been in po­si­tions be­fore when we’ve had a cou­ple of bad re­sults, yet have then picked up a big win. There’s no bet­ter place to do that than in a cup. “We have big­ger fish to fry be­fore that start­ing with next week at Easter Road. We have good mem­o­ries of our last time there and we will be go­ing out to do the same thing again. “It’s a mas­sive game. They beat us here re­cently, but we prob­a­bly created more chances in that game that we had in the three or four pre­vi­ous der­bies and just didn’t hit the tar­get. “We’re look­ing for­ward to it. Will the last de­feat help as mo­ti­va­tion? You learn as a sports­man that you have to bounce back. If you don’t, it’s a tough old sport to be play­ing for 10 or 15 years. You dust your­self down and get on with it. You have to do that.”

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