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It’s another Saturday and it’s another visit to Easter Road.¬† How would it play out? No one knew.¬† It’s Hibs, it’s anyone’s guess.

I had thought about doing this blog as a vlog, something I am keen to try out, but I have a case of the hiccups that’s driving me insane.¬† I’ve tried the drinking the glass of water from the other side thing, didn’t work.¬† Held my breath, didn’t work so here we hiccing go. Continue reading

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 ūüíö

Pride restored at Easter Road

Hibs went out the league cup on Wednesday night and as fans we couldn’t be more proud of them.

Now, that might seem like a slightly strange statement to make but it’s entirely true. ¬†We’re not proud to be out of the cup, of course, we’re disappointed by that, but the pride comes from a team that has transformed over the last few weeks and finally seem to have broken what ever hex was over us at Easter Road.

A solid performance at Easter Road in the derby with Hearts saw Hibs take all the plaudits, just not the win but who could predict a 40 yard screamer from Ozturk right at the end of the game? No one.  However, the result aside, Hibs played the game of their life on Sunday and each player on that pitch should be proud of themselves.

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Under the floodlights

A few short days later and another home game, this time against SPL side Dundee United in the League Cup quarter final.  Football under the floodlights.  Fantastic.

The game would see Hibs come back from behind three times.

During the first half there were a few errors and perhaps they could have been attributed to nerves and while still good, we lacked some of the dazzle from Sunday.  We went into half time 1-2, our goal scorer being Do, Do, Do, Dominique Malonga.  The Conga for Malonga being loudly sung by the migrating singing section who have taken the drum down to the lower section of 43 and to good effect.

Stubbs said after the match that he had given the lads a rollicking at half time and whatever he said worked.  Hibs came out in the second half positive and tough.  They took the game to Dundee United, dominating all over the park.  At 57 minutes Jason Cummings levelled the score to 2-2 but a few moments later Dundee United went ahead again and it was 2-3.

Hibs weren’t having it though and kept pushing forward with some exciting play which would eventually see Matt Kennedy score his first goal for us and what a time to do it.

The crowd, by this point, were electrified.  The three Hibernian stands singing together and absolutely behind a stunning Hibs team.  Long may that last, hearing the support singing together is an amazing sound.  It also boosts the team.

Neither team could add to their goal tally and after 90 minutes it ended 3-3 and we were into extra time.

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Penalties

Hibs didn’t let the level drop in extra time and continued to play a solid game. ¬†However, neither team could break the deadlock and 30 minutes later penalties happened.

Personally, I don’t like penalties as a way of ending a game but there isn’t a better alternative at this time so this is what we do in different competitions. ¬†Unfortunately Hibs lost out in penalties and Dundee United went through to the semi-finals winning 7-6 on pens.

Hibs players dropped to the deck, gutted. ¬†Heads were in hands. ¬†Disappointment from the team was evident but the fans did an amazing thing. ¬†Rather than heading for the exits at speed, the Hibernian fans stayed exactly where they were and showed the team exactly what they thought of them and their performance. ¬†Booing? No, not heard all evening. ¬†On Wednesday night we cheered that Hibs team off the park. ¬†Why? Because they deserved it. ¬†Hibs didn’t lose that tie, it was taken from them in penalties. ¬†Throughout the entire match they stood up against Dundee United and they didn’t back down and they gave a performance that they should be very, very proud of.

The response of the support after the derby and after Wednesday league cup clash is proof of how much progress that our team has made over recent weeks. ¬†From two dreary home ties to Raith Rovers and then Dumbarton to the demolition of Livingston away, then returning home to a stunning performance against Hearts and then again against Dundee United, the hard work of all the players and Alan Stubbs and his team is really beginning to show. ¬†Not only show, but shine. ¬†And it should shine, because it’s brilliant.

There is credit to be given all round. ¬†To Alan Stubbs and his team for persevering and bringing this squad together and bringing out their best with more to come. ¬†To the squad for working hard, for not giving up, for not letting their heads drop, for keeping going when things might seem against them. ¬†To the support for getting right behind the team and showing them that we do know the improvement is there, the change is happening and we’re right behind it. ¬†It was also fantastic to see the Hibs support on Twitter get right behind players who were disappointed at missed penalties. ¬†Matty Kennedy scored the goal that took us into extra time, without that we would have gone out in the 90 minutes. ¬†I, and most other Hibees, have no issue with his penalty, we’re just chuffed that he got his first goal for the team. ¬†May there be many more to come.

There might have only been a crowd of 8,689 at Easter Road on Wednesday night but it sounded and seemed like a full house. ¬†That’s the difference the support can make.

Pride restored at Easter Road? Without a doubt.

The boss speaks.