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Michael Smith relishing new partnership with skipper Christophe Berra at Hearts

Michael Smith relishing new partnership with skipper Christophe Berra at Hearts
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The Northern Ireland right-back has been moved into central defence.

Michael Smith believes his new partnership with Hearts skipper Christophe Berra can work well.

The Northern Ireland right-back has been moved into central defence in recent games following long-term injuries to John Souttar and Craig Halkett.

Speaking ahead of Saaturday's Ladbrokes Premiership contest at Livingston, Smith told Hearts' official website: "I don't mind it. Playing centre-half with Christophe makes it a little bit easier.

"He's a good, experienced centre-half, played at the top level – internationally as well.

"He loves to go and challenge for the ball and I love to sweep up, so it's quite a good partnership for us. I'm not sure where I'll be playing this weekend, if I'm in there or on the right.

"Either way, I'm just happy to be in there and help the team."

Hearts were thrashed 5-0 on their previous trip to the Tony Macaroni Arena and Smith is determined to ensure their supporters do not suffer again, especially after receiving strong backing during last weekend's draw against Rangers.

"From the crowd on Sunday, I thought they were fantastic," he said.

"They were right behind us from the word go, and I hope they come out on Saturday in their numbers and we owe them a better performance there this year."

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· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
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· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
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· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

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