It wasn’t the prettiest game, but Hearts managed to grind out a 1-1 draw away to rivals Hibs. It means they have went undefeated at Easter Road this season and the Jambos have captain Christophe Berra to thank for that.
Some may read this and think this is silly as he put Hibs in front. In fairness to the defender he didn’t do much wrong outwith his unfortunate error.
He can be excused for that with the rest of his performance. If it weren’t for Berra, Uche Ikpeazu wouldn’t have been able to level things and steal the headlines.
Hibs would have been out of sight if it weren’t for the Jambos leader. He deserves great credit for that.
A captain’s performance from Berra
If there was a header be won Berra came out on top. He dominated the defensive duels whenever there was one and the Hibs frontline were frustrated by his domination in the air.
Marc McNulty was nullified by the Hearts skipper. The veteran defender was the last line of defence on countless occasions. He stopped Paul Heckingbottom’s men going through on goal more than once.
The Jambos man looked to be on the decline this year. It certainly seemed that way, often looking a yard off the pace in games after his return from injury. If his Easter Road performance is anything to go by, Berra is on anything but a downward spiral.
The man was a rock at Easter Road and Craig Levein’s men would have suffered without him. It was a true captain’s performance from the veteran.
Berra was the standout performer in the Edinburgh derby. More performances like that will be needed before the end of the season if Hearts are to go into the Scottish Cup final with any good form.