Miller up for Edinburgh derby day

01 January 2010 03:45
Hibernian midfielder Miller, 28, has experienced derby matches the length and breadth of the UK, playing in the Old Firm, Manchester and Tyne-Wear versions as well as all-London and all-Yorkshire affairs.[LNB]Born in Cork and a Republic of Ireland international, Miller has no geographic ties to any of the clubs he has represented, while Hibs' squad is full of die-hard Edinburgh-born fans.[LNB]But Miller is adamant no one will want to beat Hearts more than him in Sunday's Scottish Premier League clash at Easter Road.[LNB]"To be fair, I think we all know what's at stake with the derby games," he said.[LNB]"You have the local lads as well but I think everyone knows how important the derby games are."[LNB]Miller made his Edinburgh derby debut in November's dour goalless draw at Tynecastle.[LNB]Asked how the occasion compared to his experiences with the likes of Celtic, Manchester United and Sunderland, Miller said: "They're all quite similar, really.[LNB]"Obviously, there is more heat in the derby games, with the fans and everything.[LNB]"I enjoyed the occasion last time and I'm looking forward to it this time as well."[LNB]Third-placed Hibs would have been firm favourites to beat their arch-rivals a fortnight ago, having put together a 12-match unbeaten run in the SPL, while Hearts were languishing at the wrong end of the table.[LNB]But the visitors will arrive at Easter Road on the back of a hat-trick of wins, while their opponents were crushed 4-1 by Rangers last time out.[LNB]"It's a really big game for us, one we hope to win and obviously put in a really good performance as well," Miller said.[LNB]"We want to get back to winning ways as quickly as we can, really, and we're obviously disappointed with the last game and looking to put things right."[LNB]He 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 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 at the end of the season.[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]"It was a bit of a sick bag really," he said of the incident which saw former Arsenal captain Henry use his hand to set up the goal which eliminated Ireland.[LNB]"It's happened, it's done and dusted now and you just need to move on.[LNB]"Obviously, Ireland won't be there.[LNB]"It's just disappointing but you get on with it."[LNB]Asked if he had been able to forgive Henry for his actions, Miller added: "You just wonder what you'd have done if you were in his shoes I suppose."[LNB][LNB] Hibernian Evens, Draw 9/4, Hearts 3/1  

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