SPFL: Hearts boss Gary Locke seeking third victory over Hibernian in Edinburgh derby

Gary Locke: Led Jambos to two derby victories this season

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Hearts boss Gary Locke believes a third successive victory over Hibernian would kickstart his side's survival bid in the second half of the season.

The Jambos prop up the Premiership table on minus two points - 16 adrift of nearest rivals Ross County - after starting the campaign with a 15-point penalty.

Despite recording just three wins in 19 matches, Locke is convinced his side's previous record against their city rivals will stand them in good stead in front of the Sky Sports cameras this evening.

A Callum Paterson strike separated the teams in the second match of the season back in August and a wonder goal from Ryan Stevenson booked Hearts a place in the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup when the sides clashed for a second time on October 30.

"This is a great fixture to be involved in," Locke told Sky Sports News. "We have had two very close games against Hibs this season and fortunately we have come out on top in both of them.

"They have a new manager now with Terry Butcher and Mo (Maurice Malpas) so we are also looking forward to that.

"We will go there and be as organised as we can be and this is certainly a game that everyone at Hearts is looking forward to."

Hibs counterpart Butcher admits it will be the biggest match of his managerial career but insists the spotlight should be on his players, and not him.

The Englishman has steadied the ship at Easter Road since replacing Pat Fenlon last November and victory from tonight's derby will lift them into the top half of the table.

"It's not about me and I wouldn't want to build it up as such, but it probably is my biggest job as a manager," said the former Inverness boss.

"The fans could get carried away with a win tonight. That's their right and I would never stop that. They want to beat Hearts and they want the bragging rights.

"But the players don't see it that way. If they get involved the way the fans do then they lose sight of what they have to do which is play our game the way we want, to take the game to them and make sure we impose ourselves on them."

To see if Messrs Locke or Butcher comes out on top of tonight's derby showdown tune into Sky Sports 1 from 7.30pm