Taouil: We know about cup success

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Hearts midfielder Mehdi Taouil knows what it feels like to be successful in the cup
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Hearts midfielder Mehdi Taouil knows what it feels like to be successful in the cup

Hearts midfielder Mehdi Taouil is looking to use the fresh memories of Hampden success to inspire their performance in the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final against Dundee United at Tannadice.

Only Ryan Stevenson and John Sutton from the current squad were not at the club when Hearts beat Hibernian 5-1 in the William Hill Scottish Cup final in May, with the former away for a brief spell at Ipswich and Sutton on loan in Australia.

So John McGlynn's players know exactly what the rewards are for more cup success having been afforded a heroes' welcome by the maroon half of Edinburgh following their derby triumph. "That's something you will never forget in your entire life," Moroccan midfielder Taouil said.

"We are two games away from the final, if you count it like that. So it's a really big motivation.

"A lot of the lads here experienced that last year. They saw it was fantastic and the fans were right up for it.

"It will be just amazing if we can do that again and we have it in our heads, and that's why we want to repeat it."

Dundee United winger Michael Gardyne knows that matching such motivation to succeed is crucial for the home side.

The former Ross County player said: "The two teams have got really good players. It's all about who wants it more.

"The manager said that to us. The boys are raring to go and we're buzzing for it.

"It doesn't matter how we win, even if it goes to penalties, as long as we go through."

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