Fraser Fyvie desperate to play his part in derby

Fraser Fyvie is put through his paces at training
Fraser Fyvie is put through his paces at training
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Fraser Fyvie has loved watching Edinburgh derbies on television but now the Hibs midfielder is desperate to find himself at the centre of attraction by playing in one.

But, he admitted, the pressure is on Hibs as they face Capital rivals Hearts for the final time this season, with the Easter Road club aiming to win their final four matches and so hope to pip Rangers for second place in the Championship.

But the fact Robbie Neilson’s side have had the title wrapped up for a few weeks, the Jambos 26 points ahead over both Hibs and Rangers, will, the midfielder insisted, have no bearing on proceedings tomorrow.

He said: “I don’t think either side are favourites. It’s a derby, anything can happen. It’s my first one and hopefully I get to experience one tomorrow.

“The closest comparison I can make are the Aberdeen v Dundee United games. I know the New Firm derby is not quite a derby but they were quite good games, very competitive.

“I’m sure it will be a bit feisty. I’ve watched the games in the past and they’ve been quite a good watch. Hearts have won the league and have clearly been the best team in it, but from the derbies I have seen this season Hibs have done very well in them.

“Hopefully tomorrow will be exciting while I expect it will be quite open as I am sure both teams will be looking to win. It’s going to be competitive and these are the games everyone wants to play in. It’s important for the fans as well, they are a big part of the club and have stuck by us these past few weeks when we hadn’t been winning games. They came out again on Wednesday [against Dumbarton] so it was good to get a win for them and hopefully we can do that again tomorrow.”

Fyvie admitted the victory at the Bet Butler Stadium, following defeats by Rangers, Raith Rovers and Queen of the South, had been important, not only to ensure the fight for second place continues but to help restore a little bit of confidence among the players.

The win, courtesy of goals from Paul Hanlon and Jason Cummings, became even more significant as Queen of the South drubbed the Ibrox club 3-0 the following night, leaving Hibs ahead on goal difference although the Glasgow side do have a game in hand.

Fyvie said: “Obviously we are happy they did that but the main thing for us was that we’d won on Wednesday night. We need to look out for ourselves, make sure that in the next few games we get three points every time – starting tomorrow. If someone does us a favour it helps, but we have to make sure we are putting points on the board.

“There’s a bit of a buzz about the place coming off Wednesday and getting a result we desperately needed, a boost to the confidence and we go into tomorrow confident.

“It could have been four or five against Dumbarton and probably should have been, but the main thing was we got two goals and at the end of the game I thought we saw it out quite well.”

Finishing second carries the obvious advantage of one less play-off round to negotiate, two fewer games to be played, but, Fyvie insisted, the main priority at the moment is ensuring Hibs take one of those play-off spots with both Queens and Falkirk equally desperate to qualify themselves.

He said: “Fewer games would be good because it’s a long season for the lads but, on the other hand, having those two extra matches could give you confidence if you get through.

“We want to finish as high up the league as we possibly can. We can still achieve that so I do not see why we cannot get second place.”

While Fyvie is aware there’s an equally desperate race at the bottom of the Premiership to avoid the dreaded relegation play-off place, with Motherwell, Ross County and Partick Thistle all in danger, the 22-year-old insisted there was no point in trying to figure out just which club might find it’s top-flight status threatened.

He said: “We’re taking it game-by-game. We stopped a bad run on Wednesday and now we are looking no further than tomorrow and wanting to win.”