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'Respectful' Nuttall plays down Accra Derby

4:12 am AEDT 12/3/17
Frank Nuttall reacts as Ulinzi Stars defence remained tight during their league match last season
The Phobians trainer says every other game deserves as much focus as Sunday's 'Mantse' Derby

Hearts of Oak coach Frank Nuttal says he is not giving any special attention to Sunday's league derby with Great Olympics, despite the obvious need for three points.

The Phobians host their city rivals at the Accra Sports Stadium, a week after suffering their first defeat of the season in a 2-0 away reversal to Aduana Stars.

The game will by the Scotsman's first Accra derby - also called the 'Mantse' Derby - after taking up Hearts job on a two-year deal last month.

"You have got to win every game; it does not matter who you are playing," Nuttall told his club's official website.

“Well, everybody can get focused and talk about a derby and all of that but I think that is disrespectful to the other teams from my point of view and disrespectful to ourselves as well from the point of view that every game is a big game.

“Why? A derby is not any bigger than any other game? It is the same three points. 

"You can have the same mentality to win the game, so I don’t go along with the idea that it is a derby and you got to win it. 

"It is just like every other game [and so we will be going all out to win against Olympics].”

Hearts currently sit ninth on the table, having won just a game thus far.

The 20-time champions are seeking to lift the title for the first time since 2009.