BY ALAN TEMPLE – CCP_Sport
JASON CUMMINGS insists he knew Hearts’ Edinburgh derby rookies were there for the taking as he targeted a second successive Scottish Cup triumph.
Cummings was in irrepressible form at Easter Road, opening the scoring for the hosts before providing a sumptuous assist for Grant Holt to double their lead. Andrew Shinnie made it three, while Isma Goncalves netted a consolation for the abject Jambos.
The 21-year-old has now scored five goals in his last six encounters against Hearts, by whom he was released as a youngster, and he reckons the Hibees “wanted it more” than the men from Gorgie.
Cummings said: “We have players that know what it means to play in these games and for the fans. I look at their team-sheet and I don’t think they know what it means compared to us.
“I just feel like we wanted it more. I just think – maybe a bit controversial – that it’s not a Hearts team that knows much about the Edinburgh derby.
” I couldn’t have written a better script, we were different class from back to front.
“Can we win [the cup] again? Definitely. It’s not like we have any pressure, we’ve got the monkey off our back.
“Last year was more pressure because people were like ‘is this the year?’ But now we are just enjoying it. And what a chance we’ve got. Ayr at home, who we’ll respect, but what a chance to get to Hampden.”