THE man who “scored” Talbot’s goal at Tynecastle has tipped keeper Andy Leishman to put in another top drawer display and help them oust Ayr United from the Scottish Cup.

Gordon Pope’s strike was wrongly ruled out for offside seven years ago and the defender thinks a similar performance for the goalie could be the catalyst for a huge upset.

Pope told the Chronicle: “There are only three of us that played against Hearts left – me, Andy and Steven White.

“It’s a big thing, we’ve experienced a big crowd but we know we’re going to be hemmed in at times and have to defend. It’s going to happen. They are going to have the majority of the possession.

“We’ll definitely need a similar performance from Andy but the big yin’s got that in his locker. He’s the best goalie about at our level.”

Talbot notched their eighth straight win with a 3-1 victory over Cumnock on Saturday and Pope was confident he and his teammates could raise their levels to compete with the Championship side.

He added: “When you play with Talbot, you’ve got to have confidence, that’s one thing the manager drills into you.

“He wants 100 per cent off you every time, doesn’t matter what your doing, training or whatever, he wants 100 per cent.

“It’s at home and that’s the big thing. If it was at Somerset it would be different. It’s a tight pitch here and we don’t know what they will come like.

“If we can repeat that performance from 2012 we’ve got a chance. Hopefully we can nick it this time.”