'Bring on the wee cup!' - 23 of the greatest Edinburgh derby moments for Hearts this century

Hearts go into Sunday's match at Easter Road struggling at the foot of the Ladbrokes Premiership table with fans turning against manager Craig Levein and owner Ann Budge.

Friday, 20th September 2019, 12:42 pm

But let's forget all the negativity for the moment and have a look back at some better times by chronicling some of the greatest derby moments that the Tynecastle club have enjoyed against Hibs in recent years.

Needing a victory in the final game of the 1999/2000 season to assure themselves of European football, Hearts won through thanks to a stunning Juanjo opener and a second half Gary McSwegan winner.
Hearts had gone six games without victory against their rivals before Pressley stepped up to the spot in March 2002. He kept his cool to fire past Nick Colgan for a 2-1 come-from-behind away win.

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Summer signing Mark de Vries, on his full debut, made an indelible impact on Edinburgh derby history by smashing four goals past Hibs in a 5-1 victory. He didn't win the BBC man-of-the-match award.
Hearts were heading for defeat at Easter Road in November 2002 before two goals scored beyond the 88th minute turned it around. Kevin McKenna equalised before Phil Stamp scored with virtually the last kick.
January 2003, Hearts trail Hibs by four goals to two and the match is already in stoppage time. Incredibly, they didn't lose the game as two goals from Graham Weir even deeper into time added-on salvaged the most improbable draw.
Hearts put Hibs to the sword at Tynecastle in November 2003 with a big hand from their rivals. Alen Orman (centre) and Gary Smith both scored own goals in the 2-0 defeat for Bobby Williamson's men.
The beginning of the Vladimir Romanov era saw Hibs come to Tynecastle and lose 4-0. A certain Rudi Skacel netted the opener, ran alongside the Hibs crowd, stopped, pointed to his badge and told them to go home.
Hat-trick hero Paul Hartley led Hearts to a 4-0 thumping at Hampden in what was the biggest derby in decades to that point. The squad would go on to secure the 2006 Scottish Cup after beating Gretna in the final.
Despite going 2-0 down and spending a significant chunk of the game with ten men, Hearts managed to secure a 2-2 draw early in the 06/07 season thanks to a double from Andrius Velicka.
One of the most entertaining derbies in years was settled with a Saulius Mikoliunas hammer after Dean Shiels was sent off for attacking Craig Gordon following a successful penalty in this 3-2 classic. Not bad for a 'pub team'.
A Hearts fan is forcibly removed from Easter Road as away supporters sought to stay behind to witness Hibs 'parade' the League Cup trophy they'd won the week before. On the day they were beaten by a Marius Zaliukas strike.
Gary Glen celebrates after ensuring victory for Hearts in a Scottish Cup clash between the sides in January 2009.
Those were the words of David Obua in the post-game press conference after the Ugandan had netted a 90th minute winner in May 2010.
A terrific solo goal from the winger, where he ran from the halfway line, put Hearts firmly on the path to a 2-0 victory in November 2010.
It took until the 86th minute, but Jim Jefferies' Hearts side were able to defeat their rivals on New Year's Day, 2011, thanks to the head of Kevin Kyle.
Surprisingly, given his prowess and penchant for hurting Hibs, this was the only goal Skacel netted at Easter Road. It came late in a 3-1 victory to wrap up all three points from the New Year's meeting in 2012.
What more is there to say? One of the greatest days in the history of the club.
Hearts were being battered in a League Cup quarter-final at Easter Road until Ryan Stevenson turned and unleashed. It completely spooked Hibs and would be the only goal of the game.
A win for Hibs and they would have relegated their rivals at Tynecastle. Instead, thousands in party hats were disappointed as goals from Dale Carrick and Billy King gave Gary Locke's side a stay of execution.
The first all-Championship meeting between the sides in the 2014/15 season saw a terrific long-range strike from Sam Nicholson as Robbie Neilson's men continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a 2-1 win.
A centre-back shooting from 40 yards isn't typically what you'd want, 1-0 down, two minutes into stoppage time. But for Hearts in October 2014 it gave them a derby moment that will live on in infamy.
Hearts had gone nine games without victory over their rivals before Don Cowie flicked out at a Christophe Berra header, doing just enough to send the ball spinning over the line and Hibs out of the Scottish Cup in January 2018.
Olly Lee gave the away crowd the perfect end to 2018 with a left-footed belter that nestled in the top corner.