Next Game

Hibernian v Livingston

Saturday, 09 August 2014, 15:00

Scots Champ

Butcher savours derby delight

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher was delighted to have come through his first Edinburgh derby with a victory.

Last Updated: 03/01/14 at 06:50 Post Comment

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Hearts' David Smith had cancelled out James Collins' opening goal before Liam Craig's late penalty gave the home side their first win over their City rivals this season at the third attempt.

"Ten points out of a possible 12. That's pretty good form. We know we can be better but we are delighted with the result," Butcher said.

"It's our first league penalty of the season and it was nice to see Liam tuck it away. I think he is our eighth goalscorer, while I've been the manager. He was calmness personified.

"I thought we thoroughly deserved to win the game. You have to win a derby and send the crowd home happy. The stadium was bouncing. It was a fantastic atmosphere.

"I told the players to relax. When we did get the ball down and pass it we did pretty well. We feel we should have scored more goals. At the back Paul Hanlon was absolutely immense. Their goal came out the blue, against the run of play.

"We have set something in motion here and it's going to get bigger and bigger. We will get more quality in. We are on a great run and we want to keep it going.

"Up front we know they could get more goals but they work their socks off. People think it's easy, that you go home and have nice glass of red, but you don't. I have 18 DVDs of Dundee United to watch!"

Hearts manager Gary Locke was not so enamoured with referee Bobby Madden as he saw his slide slip 16 points adrift of Ross County.

With the scores locked at 1-1, Jordan McGhee was penalised for sticking out a leg as Lewis Stevenson chased a lost cause and Craig won the day from the penalty spot.

"We got a decision from the referee that has cost us a couple of points," said Locke. "From where I was there didn't look a lot in it.

"That sort of thing happens every week. There's not a lot we can do about it. I was hoping in 2014 we might get the rub of the green from the officials but it hasn't started too well for us. It seems to be big decisions go against us at the minute.

"I am very disappointed for our fans that it was a controversial decision that has cost us. We needed people to their bodies on the line and they did that.

"We have to start winning games. It's been a disappointing weekend for us, with Ross County winning."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Transfer news: Fulham sign midfielder Adil Chihi on free transfer

Fulham have signed Morocco international Adil Chihi on a one-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

Premier League: Darron Gibson makes Everton comeback after nine months out with cruciate injury

Darron Gibson made his comeback after nine months out with a serious knee injury in Everton's friendly against Tranmere.

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will move on without Luis Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is no bad blood between the club and the outgoing Luis Suarez.

Mail Box

Defending Woodward With Perspective

One Mailer is telling us to hold fire on our Woodward criticism, whilst we also have some wonderful PFA Team of The year geekery, a well done to Vieira and much more...

Why The Obsession Over The Captaincy?

Asks the morning mailbox, before hastily returning to the debate over who should replace Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Ed Woodward's spending plans and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property