Jason Holt: Queens will test Hearts in League Cup

Hearts drew 0-0 with Queen of the South in a pre-season friendly
Hearts drew 0-0 with Queen of the South in a pre-season friendly
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JASON HOLT admitted today that he would love to reward the Hearts supporters with a cup run – but warned that Queen of the South will be no pushovers.

Hearts were paired with the Dumfriesshire side in the draw for the third round of the League Cup yesterday.

The two sides faced one another in a pre-season friendly just a few weeks ago and Queens more than held their own in a 0-0 draw.

Queens were one of the unseeded teams in the draw, but Holt knows the Championship side will still make it tough for Hearts to progress.

The Hearts midfielder said: “We played them in pre-season and they were a good outfit. We know that it is not going to be easy and that they will make it tough for us but, at the same time, we have been going quite well so we have to be confident going into the game.

“It’s been a tough week, obviously, with the game last Saturday and then 120 minutes and penalties against Raith just a couple of days later.

“But it’s all been worth it and we are all delighted to be in the next round.”

Hearts made it to the final of the competition last season, although they lost to St Mirren at Hampden. Having seen their fans suffer through the administration process in recent months, Holt would love to give them something to look forward to and the chance of some silverware would fit the bill.

“The league is the most important thing, and dealing with the 15-point deduction that we were given,” he insisted.

“But a cup run would be fantastic for us. I think we all saw last year what it meant to the fans getting to the League Cup final.

“Obviously it’s only the third round, but to give the supporters the chance to go back to a cup final would be really special, especially considering everything that they have had to go through this season already.

“Financially, it would also help the club out if we could get a good few games under our belt too.

The match against Queen of the South will take place at Tynecastle on Wednesday, September 25 (7.45 kick-off).