Football - Ngoo inspired by Hearts spirit

Michael Ngoo revealed Hearts' battling Europa League display against Liverpool at Anfield at the start of the season helped him decide to move to the Tynecastle club last week.

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Football - Ngoo inspired by Hearts spirit

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Michael Ngoo made an instant impact at Hearts by scoring against Inverness

The 20-year-old Londoner travelled to Scotland for the first time on Friday to commence his six-month loan deal from the English giants, just 24 hours before making his debut in the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final against Inverness at Easter Road.

The tall striker became an instant Gorgie hero by scoring the equaliser that took the game to a penalty shoot-out and scored from the spot to help set up a March 17 final meeting with St Mirren at Hampden.

He recalled how watching Hearts scrap out a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield in the second leg of their Europa League play-off last August, before exiting 2-1 on aggregate, and a word with Danny Wilson, already on loan at Tynecastle from the Merseyside club, sealed the deal.

Ngoo said: "I was at the game when Liverpool played Hearts and I thought the spirit of the team was amazing. The way they worked for one another, it was a no-brainer. I obviously spoke to Danny as well and he said I should come up and I did. It is a big opportunity for me.

"It was an amazing experience against Inverness, I thought the fans were indescribable. I gave it everything I could to get to the final and it was just a buzz after the game."

Ngoo will make his Tynecastle debut in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League against Dundee on Wednesday night.

He said: "I am looking forward to it, I can't wait. It is going to be a big buzz."

Bottom club Dundee are seeking their third win over Hearts this season.

Dens Park manager Barry Smith said: "We have had two good results against them so far this season. That should give us confidence as they were both decent performances. We know this is a different match at another stage of the season but that still has to be the aim. We shouldn't have any sort of fear going into this match."

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