He won the FA Cup with Mikel Arteta and Arsenal last season – but a Scottish Cup winners’ medal with Hibs and Jack Ross ‘would mean so much more’ to Matt Macey.
The goalkeeper was between the sticks for Hibs on Saturday as they progressed to the Scottish Cup semi-finals against Motherwell. It was Macey’s fifth game since arriving from Arsenal in January, Motherwell clawing the game back from 2-0 to 2-2 before Ryan Porteous’ penalty kicked sealed a 4-2 shootout win after extra-time.
Macey won the FA Cup with Arsenal last season under Gunners boss Arteta but the goalkeeper says: “It would mean so much more to win a Scottish Cup medal as a member of this team. I got a medal from the FA Cup last year. That was special, but I never actually played any games. Going all the way and winning this one would top it by a mile.
“Being at an empty Wembley was a bit like everywhere we go now — a bit echoey and strange. Sitting on the bench, I didn’t really get the experience. The sooner fans are back, the better.”
The former Arsenal man believes his side showed calm under serious pressure on Saturday, adding: “I can enjoy it now it’s over! After we’d looked comfortable at 2-0 up I didn’t enjoy extra-time at all. But we dug in and showed a bit of character under pressure to tuck them away. I enjoyed it when Ryan Porteous scored the final pen.
“It was my first competitive penalty shootout. In that situation, a keeper can only be a winner really. I was speaking to the goalie coach beforehand and he just said, ‘Get excited, it’s your chance to be a hero’. I didn’t actually save one but I’ll take it! It’s easy to say we switched off, but we didn’t really have a spell where we got sloppy. When we needed to step up under pressure, having been 2-0 up, everyone answered that.”
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