25 Apr 19
The Scottish Sun
DAVID GRAY might have been the only Hibee left sick as a parrot when his side won at Tynecastle earlier this month.
But that’s only because the skipper ended up throwing up in the away dugout as his team-mates saw off Hearts.
Gray was sick after a head knock
Now, three weeks on, the 30-year-old hopes it’s Jambos fans who are feeling sick after Sunday’s capital clash in Leith.
Gray was groggy in Gorgie after being accidentally punched by his own keeper Ofir Marciano.
He gamely stayed on the pitch for as long as he could before the Hibs‘ medical staff intervened and got him off.
And that led to the shocking sight of him vomiting behind boss Paul Heckingbottom as play raged on.
The Hibs skipper was replaced before throwing up in the dugout
Gray, though, insists the feeling of winning at Tynecastle for the first time in six years was the perfect pick-me-up.
And he admits Marciano can clatter him again if it means his side come out on top once again.
He said: “It was my own goalie who did it! But I don’t mind that, to be honest with you.
“I say to Ofir all the time that, if he needs to come for a cross, he HAS to clean me out — as long as he gets the ball!
“I have no problem with that, I want him to come and clean me out every week.
“There’s nothing in there anyway, so I’m all right!
“Obviously I remember winning the game, which is the most important thing.
“I had my head between my knees in the dugout but that’s because we were winning and holding on towards the end of the game! There was a bit of everything going on in my head.
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“But I was all right. I saw the doctor, I’ve seen the physios and everyone since, and I had plenty of time to recover because there was no game the next weekend.
“We had to take our time and manage it properly.
“Like I say, winning helped. That made me feel a bit better.
“Probably the best medication you can get for a sore head is three points at Tynecastle.
“I took another one against Celtic last Sunday when I blocked a wee shot.
“I never felt much, to be honest, I was eating grass after it! It was a good shot, I’ll give him that!”
Gray’s fearlessness was a factor in Hibs’ decision to hand him and Darren McGregor new four-year deals this week.
And the man whose goal ended their 114-year wait for the Scottish Cup wants more silverware.
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The Easter Road side head into Sunday’s game on the back of a nine-game unbeaten league run.
And while Gray reckons that a sustained challenge is unlikely he sees no reason why they can’t compete for cups.
He said: “The new deal is great but it’s not as if I am just going to take my foot off the gas for the next four years.
“I want to be playing week in, week out because I know it’s a very short career.
“I want to achieve as much as I can here. I want to win something else. It was a great feeling in 2016 winning something and I want to go on and do that again.
“We have shown in one-off games that we’re capable of beating anyone.
“The league is going to be very difficult, Celtic have been far superior for many years now.
“But at the start of every season there are two cup competitions and there’s no reason why we can’t win one. We showed in 2016 we can, and that has to be the objective every season.”
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Right now Hibernian’s target is catching Kilmarnock in fourth spot as they eye a possible Europa League place.
And Gray reckons it’s a realistic goal given how well they’ve done since Heckingbottom’s arrival.
He said: “This is the best run we’ve been on since we won the cup, now we need to keep going.
“At this stage of the season you can sometimes be stuck in no-mans’ land with nothing to play for but we have everything to play for. It’s Kilmarnock who are in our sights at the minute.
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“We know we have a difficult game against Hearts this week and expect another tough match, the derbies take care of themselves.
“But it’s another opportunity to close the gap on the team in front of us just now.”
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