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Published : 11 Aug 2012 11:11:29Rss feed
John McGlynn can't wait to test himself against Liverpool
Hearts take on Liverpool in the play-offs for the Europa League and new manager manager John McGlynn "hopes to learn" from last season's thrashing by Tottenham when preparing for the tie. 30 August sees Liverpool arrive at Tynecastle for the first leg and Hearts heading to Anfield seven days later. Hearts were three goals down inside 27 minutes last season on their way to a 5-0 home defeat before a youthful side restored some respectability with a goalless draw against a second-string Spurs outfit in north London. Hearts have changed managers since then with McGlynn replacing Paulo Sergio amid huge cutbacks to the squad. However, McGlynn has an experienced spine to the team complemented by many of the youngsters who performed at White Hart Lane. He said: "It's a similar type of tie. Unfortunately for Hearts it kind of died very, very quickly. There was a great build-up and atmosphere at Tynecastle but the way Tottenham went about their business, the game was finished very quickly. Hearts restored their pride by going down and getting a draw. I would hope we would learn from that. We have obviously lost players over the summer so it will be a different type of team, we have some younger players in the team but I hope we would learn from it. We will watch Liverpool and learn as much as we can. I would hope we could do enough in the first tie to keep it very much alive. You can do that in different days, we certainly wouldn't want to be gung-ho or be exposed but if you want to get through you probably need to take a lead to Anfield." The prospect of playing one of the top seeds in the draw holds no fears for McGlynn or the Hearts players despite the painful memory of that Tottenham defeat. Midfielder Scott Robinson said: "It's brilliant, that's the tie we wanted. Liverpool is a dream tie. You either want a big team like Liverpool or someone you think you're going to get through against. But we'll do the best we can. I played in the second leg against Tottenham at White Hart Lane and we got a good result. Maybe it wasn't their strongest team but we got a good result and it was a massive occasion. If we can get a better result in the first leg it would be great to go to Anfield and have something to play for." The draw overshadowed preparations for Hearts' first encounter with Hibs since their 5-1 William Hill Scottish Cup win over their derby rivals. Ahead of the first Edinburgh Derby of the 2012-13 season at Easter Road, Robinson said: "It's a massive game for us but we can't take our eyes off the derby. We have got to be professional and take care of the derby first. We expect the same old Hibs in any derby match, they will be up for it and looking to make their fans happy. I'm not sure how many Hibs fans will turn out but they will be right behind the team. We need a win. We want to get six points on the board and get momentum."
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