Jason Holt feels the buzz of playing in front of a raucous away support helps rouse Hearts’ young players for an Edinburgh derby at Easter Road.
The Jambos will be backed by 3600 fans tomorrow as they bid to make it four wins out of five derbies this season. Holt, 21, feels the atmosphere created by the maroon hordes in the South Stand helps give the team an extra edge.
“It is always special going to Easter Road and it is a game I look forward to,” said Holt, who has featured in two derbies in Leith – the 0-0 draw in March last year and the League Cup quarter-final victory there in October.
“All the derby games are special. I always enjoyed going to Easter Road as a Hearts fan and it is extra special as a player.
“There is a real buzz about the place in the away end and the fans have been brilliant all season and at Easter Road they have been excellent.”
While the Hearts fans are keen to see their side pull Hibs closer to the relegation play-off place, Holt insists the emphasis in the dressing-room is merely on extending a run in which they have collected ten points from a possible 12.
“The fans will like the idea of us winning this one, but for us it’s about continuing a good run of form,” said the midfielder. “After three wins and a draw in our last four games, we want a victory.”