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Fright inspired Kyle in derby win

Blood pours from Hearts striker Kevin Kyle's nose
Kyle suffered two cuts to his head at Easter Road

Jim Jefferies thinks giving Kevin Kyle a fright inspired the striker to a blood-soaked, "best-yet" performance that helped his side beat Hibernian.

Kyle finished the 2-0 Edinburgh derby victory with two cuts to his head.

"I think I gave him a bit of a fright," said the Hearts manager. "When I was setting out the training, he did not think he was playing.

"But I changed my mind, I put him in there and he has had his best game since he came up to Scotland."

Jefferies believes Kyle's physical presence troubled Sol Bamba and the rest of the Hibs defence, although the manager admitted that he had thought that a more studied approach would be more appropriate.

"But I called him in and I said to him that I was thinking of not playing him as I did not want to get into a battle with Bamba and I wanted to get it down and play it," he said.

There was a lot of commitment and endeavour there, but I thought we came top in all departments

Hearts manager Jim Jefferies

"I think he got stung by it and he has proved me right."

Indeed, Jefferies believes he won the tactical battle with recently appointed Hibs manager Colin Calderwood.

"I thought we thoroughly deserved it," he said. "It was all about setting up in the right way and telling them they all have individual battles.

"We told them that when we had a team talk - if you win your individual battles, that will go a long way to winning and I thought we won most of the battles.

"I thought the key one, with Liam Miller sitting just in front of the back four and trying to get Hibs going with his passing, he had his hands full with Rudi Skacel and Skacel was nullifying him a bit and came out on top.

"It was certainly pulsating. There was a lot of commitment and endeavour there, but I thought we came top in all departments."

Hearts took the lead after 19 minutes at Easter Road with a brilliant run and finish from David Templeton, who set up Stephen Elliott for his first-ever Hearts goal after the break.

"The first goal was just an outstanding goal," said Jefferies, who admitted that Hibs came more into the match early in the second half.

"Then suddenly we got the free kick and it came in and Stephen Elliott, that's what he's all about, sniffing about the box and a great finish.

"He worked his socks off. He was everywhere, up the right hand side causing problems, getting in beside Kevin, even chasing back.

"What an effort from someone coming in for their first derby, especially as he has been recovering from a hamstring injury."

Jefferies was delighted his side had recovered from a disappointing defeat at home to Kilmarnock and was hoping they could continue their form against championship-chasing Celtic in midweek.

"It just shows you what they can do when they go and apply themselves," he said.

"We took the foot off the gas last week and missed a chance to put us third.

"Hopefully, we can kick on, but we have got a tough game on Wednesday and we have to keep our feet on the ground and see if we can build on this one."



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