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Football fan absolutely daft on Hibernian and Liverpool and big fan of Barcelona. Love writing about football but also many other topics as well. Local news, world wide news and write opinion articles as well. Live and love life. :)

More glory at Tynecastle for Hibs and a sozzled Sir Rod

I cannot be the only Hibs fan thinking how lucky an escape we had by not taking on Ian Cathro.  He was in the mix after the departure of T**** B****** but thankfully the job went to Alan Stubbs.

Watching Cathro’s recent work and some of his interviews I can’t see that he would have turned up at East Mains during the very low mood following relegation and made it any better.  Not the way Stubbsy did, he just rocked up and changed the mood, along with Leeann Dempster of course.

Cathro is apparently “raging” with the SFA plan to have Hearts replay with Raith at Tynecastle this Wednesday.  What can I say? Coach your team to not go ahead and then f*** it up perhaps?

His interview with the BBC after Sundays draw at Starks Park was terrible to say the least.  He fumbled his words, looked like he was going to cry and certainly didn’t come across as a confident manager at all.

This on a day when the Hearts support sang “Hearts, Hearts, Glorious Hearts” on replay (the rest of their songbook having been erased on 21st May 2016), cheered an opponent coming on, watched him set up Declan McManus for the equaliser and then booed their own team at the final whistle.  Poor wee mixed up Jambos.

Perhaps Ian Cathro is questioning his move to Gorgie and I wouldn’t blame him(for many reasons!).  He was well thought of at Newcastle and perhaps should have stayed there a while longer working as an assistant and gaining more experience.  He’s only thirty, plenty years ahead for being a first team coach at any club.

Anyway.  Back to the Pride of the City, Hibernian.  A trip to Tynecastle on Saturday for the start of our Scottish Cup defence.  Fitting that the tie was at Tynecastle given that’s where it all turned for us last season.  Remember that 2-0 lead that Hearts had and then blew? How could anyone forget haha.

Bonnyrigg Rose were our opponents.  Certainly a team to be wary of.  They’d knocked out Dumbarton to set up the tie with us.  The fans were certainly up for it with their ticket allocation sold out almost immediately, meaning that nearly 5,000 Rose fans were getting behind the team at Tynecastle.

Lennon made sure Hibs did their homework on Bonnyrigg Rose and there was no chance we were taking this lightly.  Unlike down in England where the FA Cup seems to have become a chance to run out youth players rather than anything else.  However, we’re in Scotland and the teams here want to win the Scottish Cup.  Lennon had the team taking this game seriously and that was evident right from the start.  It’s fair to say that Hibs never take any game for granted these days.  We’ve learned lessons about that in the past.

There was a minutes silence at the start of the match for former Rose player, Shaun Woodburn who died at the start of the month.  His funeral is on the 27th of January at Warriston.  Family flowers only but if desired then donations can be made Street Soccer Scotland.

BonnyRigg started the game well but Shinnie soon opened the scoring, Keatings doubling the score moments later.

However, in his first match back, keeper Marciano was forced off the pitch after a clattering.  Ross Laidlaw (who should have started anyway, in my humble opinion) donned the gloves.  The only real effort he would have to make was to try and save a penalty.  Dean Hoskins slotted the ball in though.

I have to admit to having a slight “fear” at half-time.  We were up 3-1 but still…well, we’re not the team in Edinburgh who cocks up decent leads anymore.  Of course we went on to win it 8-1.  That included a debut goal for Chris Humphrey as well.  He’s shaping up to be a really good signing.

The team is looking good at the moment.  I may have mentioned before that I wasn’t over the moon about Lennon coming in to take over but so far he is proving me wrong.  While Stubbsy brought back the positivity, the feel good factor and gelled the team, Lennon has kept all that and added more.  He’s made the team hard.  They’re not scared of anyone and it shows.  I wouldn’t say we were entirely fearless but it’s getting there.

So, onto the Scottish Cup fifth round draw.  Alan Stubbs made his way from the TV studio to make the draw and Sir Rod Stewart made his way from hospitality.  He’d certainly made the most of being in hospitality as everyone was aware when he appeared to pinch Alan McRae’s bottom.  The SFA President didn’t know where to look.  Sir Rod exuberantly picked the home teams while an amused Stubbsy picked the away teams.  Perhaps distracted by Sir Rod’s antics, Stubbsy then proceeded to mix up the number 6 and the number 9.

Sir Rod and Stubbsy have since been called a disgrace as angry football fans compared them to Rod Hull and Emu.  You can read the rest of the seethe here.

Well, Sir Rod pulled out Raith or Hearts as the home team and Stubbsy pulled out their opponents…yep The Mighty Hibees.

While Hearts fans took to Twitter to complain about the tie, Hibs fans were quite the opposite.  I, personally, want to go to Tynecastle and play Hearts but in reality I think we’re heading to Starks Park for the Fifth round tie.

Whatever happens on Wednesday it’s still GGTTH!

Feeling Good at Easter Road

Saturday

Finally thawed out enough to try typing so here’s my thoughts on Saturday’s game at Easter Road versus Queen of the South.

Queen of the South have not had the start to the season they would have preferred and are currently floating about in the middle of the table with five wins, five losses and three draws.  On paper it should be an easy win but Hibs never take anything for granted and ran out onto the pitch to make sure the three points were ours. Continue reading

Santa Forgot

This is the fantastic video from Alzheimer’s Research UK.  It centres around Santa having Alzheimers himself and not longer remembers what he does and how special he is to so many people.

My own Nana died from Alzheimer’s and I know of so many more who have too.  If you can afford it then please donate, if you can’t then sharing this helps more than you will know.

There is a cure for Alzheimer’s, it’s just not been found yet.  It’s there and we will find it.

Everyone is important to the research and fight to stop this disease.  Those who wear the white coats and spend their days testing drugs and analysing data.  Those who suffer from it.  Those who campaign to raise awareness.  Those who donate. Those who share every chance to get the message out to people.  Everyone is involved.

Put it in the NET! And Bring Back Hendo…

Finally escaped to write this.

So, Saturday afternoon brought us Falkirk at Easter Road.  Despite Falkirk forgetting how to play football it was never going to to be a match-up to take lightly.

Falkirk are further down the league that they would want to be at this point in the season but it’s easy to see why.  For one I think they’ve had secret coaching sessions with Terry B****** on how to play Hoofball along with a few attempts at Head Tennis.  Houston seems to have lost the plot with this seasons Falkirk squad.  His problem though.

Ours is that we can’t get the ball in the back of the net.  Not consistently.  Saturday was very much testament to that.  With 18 corners and numerous other chanced it’s beyond me why were didn’t have a few on the scoreboard before half time.

Part of it is that Falkirk played defensive right from the kick off.  They weren’t playing to win, they were playing to not lose it, there is a difference.  They just tightened up even more after Taiwo was sent off for his insane two footed tackle on John McGinn leaving them with ten men from 23 minutes onwards.

When Hibs play football we play football.  We’re classy and we can tear through teams when we really want to and we did in parts on Saturday afternoon.  Some respect must be given to the Bairns ‘keeper Danny Rogers.  He pulled off a few decent saves that did deny us goals.

Yet something is just not right.

Grant Holt is fast becoming one of my favourite players.  His effort is amazing.  He put up with a lot today, a few fouls on him that the referee and lino’s seemed to have missed as if they were watching the other channel.

The game was feisty which wasn’t a problem at all, Hibs and Falkirk were close rivals all last season and it shouldn’t be a shock that it would remain the same this season.  Stubbs may be gone but Houston won’t have forgotten the jibes last season.  Beating Hibs on Saturday would have made his shiny bald head beam with happiness.

However, to win you need goals and Hibs ‘keeper Ross Laidlaw was a mere spectator for the majority of the game.  While Hibs didn’t score any more goals than Falkirk we did create many more chances and Danny Rogers goalmouth was a busy one.  Aside from Falkirk’s goal (and no, Marciano wouldn’t have saved it either) the groundskeepers would be happy enough that both ends only dealt with forty-five minutes of action.

We played well on Saturday, I would think that there would be very few people who would disagree with that.  The team have gelled.  There were a few loose passes but they looked like they were small communication issues rather than anything major going on.  We tried to play our football game but as soon as Falkirk got on the ball they just hoofed it about until we took it off them again.  Frustrating.

Frustration might be the word of the game.  Almost 100% effort for the entire match from the whole team, including the subs, and we just end up with a point.  It’s the story of Hibs and not just limited to this season.

How many times must we sit and watch a player who could take a shot then pass it out wide? Set play nonsense.  TAKE THE BLOODY SHOT! If you keep battering it in then you batter the defence, yet we seem to be running up, creating mayhem then dampening it down by passing out (almost literally!) and letting the opposition regroup.  Or, in Falkirks case, just group!

MOTM Darren McGregor has really proved himself in recent weeks.  On Saturday he was all over Falkirks apparent lone striker.  They started with a 4-4-2 with Baird and Miller upfront but they were generally called back to muck in with defensive duties.

El Capitano was a little off his game on Saturday.  Nothing major and he worked hard but there was something amiss from Sir David’s game.  Temporary I am sure.

I’m still not sure why JC is not getting a start.  Our top scorer and no one is showing any signs of wanting topple him from that.  Nineteen minutes at the end of a game isn’t enough for him.  He’s not being allowed to build up a strike force with anyone.  Jason needs fed.  He won’t pick up a ball at the halfway line and run with it, he needs service.  Probably more service than other strikers but he does need it.  Jason will score if Jason is given the right build up.

Can’t fault the team as a whole.  I’ve seen Lewis Stevenson questioned in the aftermath of the match yet Falkirk generally forgot about him for most of the match and he loomed around unmarked, especially in the second half.  Fonts didn’t have the game I would have thought he had but I would imagine he knows that.

I still think we’re missing Liam Henderson.  Probably my favourite on loan player of recent years.  He played his heart out for Hibs.  No one could deny his spirit and his love for a club he was only sent to in order to gain experience.  He became a hero with Hibs and if he never does anything else in his career then he was part of the Time For Heroes team.  He’ll never be forgotten for that.  And guess what? He wants to come back.  Get working on it Hibs.  If there’s one thing we know about Hendo it’s that he knows how to deliver.

GGTTH 💚

Site under reconstruction

Not satisfied with a quick change I have gone for the full whack.  I also want to do this without closing the site down for any reason.  All content is still available all of the time.

It is driving me slightly insane at the moment as I have to update each individual post to create the site that I want.  Well, almost the site I want.

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Sorry Saturday at Easter Road

First of all, before I continue with this blog, I am a huge Hibernian supporter.  Big, huge.  I stick with them through thick and thin and that’s why I’ll be with them this season, next season, the season after and beyond.  If they don’t go up this season I will be mightily disappointed and angry but I’ll support them even more.  We could drop leagues and I will support them forever more. I love the club and they have got me through some very hard times.  As supporters we can do that and we also have the right to express our opinions on what is going on with the club good or bad and we are no more a supporter or less of a supporter for doing that.  We pay our money and we have our expectations and when the club doesn’t live up to our expectations we have a right to an opinion on that.  As a group of supporters we will agree with each other on the path the club is taking and we will disagree and that is fine but no one’s opinion is pointless.

On Saturday 4,392 people turned up at Easter Road to watch Hibernian take on St Mirren for a place in the IRN BRU Challenger Cup Quarter Finals.  Not an easy game, that’s for sure.  I’ve written before about how any team that comes to Easter Road will turn it on to beat us and that’s some of what happened on Saturday.

Lennon left Jason on the bench, Lewis Stevenson was there with him along with Brian Graham and Neil Eardley.  The chosen eleven left me scratching my head well before the game started.  Pleased to see Alex Harris getting a start though.

Before I carry on, it’s always been my belief that in football the aim of the game is to score goals and win games.  To win any trophy that’s available whether it be the Holy Grail of cups or something considered a “diddy” cup.  The aim of the game is to win.  So when it’s suggested to me that cups games can be lost in order to go after the main mission then I pretty much have a problem.  In football you go into EVERY game to win it or you might as well not bother.

Moments into the game on Saturday it was clear this was going to be a terrible game.  Hibs had little life in them.  Absolutely nothing going on.  Passing was awful for the most part.  There seems to have been some re-introduction of the Hoof Ball that Stubbs had stamped out of us.  There seems to be a collective memory loss of why the game is called FOOTball.  It’s played with the foot and the ball is kicked.  It seemed, on Saturday, that the aim of the game was to keep the ball in the air.  Well, if that was the aim of game it would be called Headball.

The trouble with high balls is that the result is fifty/fifty.  It’s not a precision pass and at the moment Hibs don’t have the ability to be in favour of collecting the ball, controlling it and make it work.  Yes, they might win it but just head it off for another fifty/fifty and hey ho boring football.

Lennon changed the shape of the team yet it was only when we went back to the diamond we scored.  Alex Harris popped it in to put us ahead.  Alex Harris who has changed as a player.  He’s full of confidence and if he’d had a team around him that wanted to win we might even have done it.  Man of the Match was Alex Harris and I agree with that, with Fraser Fyvie not far behind him.

Keatings, McGregor, Forster all had their moments, McGeouch has lost something, not sure what it is.  Just not as effective as he used to be.  Confidence loss? Who knows.  Shinnie was never in it. Hanlon was just there. Boyle got a start and he put the effort in.  Grey…really good in the first half but dropped off.  Second half he was just there and Marciano, like his opposite, Langfield, was mostly a spectator.  I will say, there is always a great feeling watching David Grey bombing up the wing.  He is a player who more than deserves his place in the team.  He’s a worthy Captain and that is not just based on the Scottish Cup win.  That’s based on watching Hibs week in and week out.  He is a positive for the team.

I would question Lennon’s choice of not putting Lewis Stevenson in the team.  Was this because of his ban? (He can’t say he was resting him as he’s aleady had a rest). Was it because Lennon thinks he shouldn’t expect to start every week? We’ll never know really because Lennon will never tell us.  Stevenson is a work horse.  To omit him from the team for any reason other than injury is ridiculous.  This is the boy known as Mr Hibs.  He gives 100% all the time.  He has his off moments, that’s not unusual in this team, but he’s committed and to see him languishing on the bench on Saturday seemed wrong.  Very, very wrong.

We don’t appear to be doing much on the pitch at the moment other than lumping the ball around.  We’re not creating chances and we’re pretty poor defensively.

While Hibs didn’t do themselves any favours in the game the officials were diabolical.  It’s about time the SFA looked at their officials and realised that they are just not up to scratch.  With few exceptions the officials that officiate games in league and cups are far beyond par.  The offside rule appears to evade them when it is actually offside and then appears out the blue when it’s not needed. So called “assistant referees” are no such thing.  It is beyond me how Willie Collum gets plaudits and is employed to referee outside the SPFL.  He shouldn’t be in charge of managing a line to a KFC counter never mind a football match.  The best shout from the crowd I heard today was “linesman, do you want me to Google the offside rule for you?”

So Saturday was not a great day for us Hibees, that is true.  From reading around a few pages I see that Lennon is starting to be questioned as manager.  I would agree that some of his decisions regarding the team of late have been disagreeable and watching the team on Saturday I feel like I am not watching Hibs at the moment.  Not the Hibs I have seen over the past couple of seasons, the Hibs filled with passion and confidence.  We had a really good start to the season but it’s tailed away.  Is it just a blip? It may well be but it’s our blips that have done us in before.

Speaking to Hibs TV on Saturday, Neil Lennon said;

“I don’t know what’s going through the players’ minds at the minute, we’re just making games easier for the opposition.”

I don’t like those words.  He should know what’s in their minds, he spends a huge part of the week with them.  He’s in the changing room with them before a game.  He should know what frame of mind his players are in.  If there’s something wrong, he should know about it.  He’s their manager so it’s his job to know and if he doesn’t, why? Is there no communication going on? If he doesn’t know what going through their minds then he’d pretty much find out and fast.

However, he is our manager and therefore we support him for the time being and hopefully he can manage to lift us out this slump we’re in.  This season was never going to be easy and we’ve a lot of hard work ahead of us.

GGTTH

 

 

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