Miller: Hibs must be on top form

02 January 2010 09:33
Hibs go into the Scottish Premier League game at Easter Road on the back of a 4-1 drubbing by Rangers, while their rivals have shaken out of their early-season stupor to record a hat-trick of victories.[LNB]"It's a really big game for us, one we hope to win and obviously put in a really good performance as well," said Republic of Ireland midfielder Miller, who moved to Edinburgh in September.[LNB]"We want to get back to winning ways as quickly as we can and we're obviously disappointed with the last game and looking to put things right."[LNB]The 28-year-old added: "The derby games are always special, with the bragging rights of the city.[LNB]"But it's going to be a really tough game. Hearts have been doing well quite recently and it's one we need to play our best to win."[LNB]Victory on Sunday would maintain Hibs' push for a Europa League spot.[LNB]European football is something for Miller to look forward to after he was denied the chance to play in this summer's World Cup.[LNB]Thierry Henry's infamous handball in France's play-off with Ireland still rankles with many but Miller is determined to move on.[LNB]Asked if he had been able to forgive Henry for his actions, Miller said: "You just wonder what you'd have done if you were in his shoes I suppose."[LNB]Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo has taken heart from the way Hibs' previously impressive defence was cut open by Rangers.[LNB]"Just the inspiration that even at Easter Road you can score four goals gives for us the possibility to see that we can," he said.[LNB]"If we score just one and don't lose any, I am happy."[LNB]Nevertheless, Laszlo has been impressed by the way John Hughes has transformed the fortunes of Hibs since moving from Falkirk in the summer.[LNB]He said: "He had a not so good season with Falkirk but now with Hibs it is a new team, new people around you, new players, different players and also the players who came into the club brought a lot of new and fresh air and also quality.[LNB]"And if you have the quality, definitely you have also success."[LNB]One of those quality players is top scorer Anthony Stokes, who Hearts tried to sign last summer.[LNB]Laszlo revealed he was "very close" to landing the Republic of Ireland striker as he kept his fingers crossed about acquiring another forward this month.[LNB]The Hearts boss has been trying to bring Izale McLeod and Steven MacLean to Tynecastle on loan this week.[LNB]Deals for the pair hang in the balance, with Vladmir Romanov quoted as saying he had yet to be convinced by them.[LNB][LNB]

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