Hibs win was key to rediscovering winning form according to Hearts defender Ben Garuccio


Ben Garuccio believes Hibernian win can reignite winning run. (Photo credit: Hayden Barry)

Hearts full back, Ben Garuccio believes the club can replicate their impressive start to the season for the second half of the campaign following the win against Hibernian in the tail-end of 2018.

The Edinburgh side suffered a series of poor results following multiple injuries to key squad players but with players now returning to full fitness, Garuccio sees this weekend’s Scottish Cup tie against Livingston the perfect match to continue their win streak.

He said: “The Hibs game was a perfect example, maybe we didn’t play the prettiest game ever but that’s what we did at the start of the year in terms of grinding out results. Even when we weren’t playing our best football we were still getting fantastic results.

“It is about getting that consistency back again, you saw probably the best part of us in the early part of the year and obviously, like in any season you are going to face challenges and you are going to lose players so the way we deal with that is very important.”


All eyes on the prize. Hearts were knocked out of the Scottish Cup in the quarter finals last season. (Photo credit: Hayden Barry)

The last time these two sides met was in a 5-0 victory in December for Gary Holt’s side. The Australian left-back said it’s important to put that result behind them and focus on Sunday’s fifth round tie. He added: “Of course, but we need to try and put that to the back of our minds but I am sure it will be there, especially for the players.

“We expect to be on top of them at Tynecastle but we need to take our chances when they come because Livingston are a top side and they will not give us many.”

However, Livingston are facing a much stronger Hearts squad this time round. Steven Naismith is fit again and will likely partner new striker David Vanecek up front – who is one of Hearts’ winter signings brought in by Craig Levein. Conor Shaughnessy has also bolstered the defensive options since Jimmy Dunne’s departure.

Garuccio said the new signings are settling in well alongside the returning players from injury. He said: “Everyone is feeling good, it is good to be refreshed and it was nice to get away for a little bit. We’re all now just looking forward to the games rolling on again.

“Now that we have those players back it is showing in the results, it is feeling good again and we just need to kick on and start the first half of the season the same way we started the first.”

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