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.
Hibs started the day one point ahead of Dundee United and with a superior goal difference and were looking to build on that.
Lennon started Brian Graham and Martin Boyle up front leaving Jason Cummings and Grant Holt on the bench and his decision proved fruitful on the eighth minute when Graham netted after a messy goal mouth melee.
Hibs cantered along in second, sometimes third gear for the entire match. John McGinn scored before halftime but it was quickly changed to a Higgins own goal for QotS.
Sir David Gray added a third for Hibs before Martin Boyle made it four. There’s no doubt that the score could easily have been double that but for QotS ‘keeper Lee Robinson. He denied Hibs several chances over the course of the match which meant the score was only 4-0 and not more. He certainly frustrated Hibs, particularly Boyle, many times and kept things respectable for the visiting team.
Hibs as a team were amazing. The fact that they we never had to step up to top gear is less a poor reflection on QotS and more a good reflection on where we are at just now. Lennon, still needing to prove himself for me at least, has instilled some good properties into the team. They play harder now, not afraid of anyone. Hibs go for it. Stubbsy ridded us of the head going down syndrome that had been so prevelant in the club and now Lennon has finally built on it. We are not afraid any more. Not afraid of anyone. This is a Hibs team to be feared. The fact that Lennon can chop and change the team each week and seemingly get a result is something to be applauded.
All we can do now is build on the lead we have. The Championship has been described as a two horse race and looking at the league it looks like it. However, Hibs can pull ahead now. Dundee United aren’t as hard as Hibs. The proof will be in the pudding though, our next game is Friday 2nd against Dundee United at Tannadice. There is nothing at the moment that would suggest to me that we could lose that game. Go on and get the three points, we can only lose them.
Aw the Ladies. League Cup and Scottish Cup Winners 2016, the cup double. When I think of Hibs family I think first and foremost of our first team, our ladies first team and our Under 20’s first team. I think when most Hibby’s think of the name these days they think of the whole thing. To have our Ladies parading their two cups at half time was amazing. Both senior teams bringing home the Scottish Cup is amazing. There’s a huge feel good factor at the club just now and the Ladies have certainly added to that, finally overcoming their closest rivals, Glasgow City, to take the Scottish Cup and it was live on TV. It was a tense atmosphere at Fox Manor during the match and got tenser as the match headed into extra time and then the dreaded penalties. The celebrations were wild though.
I’m sure there are many Hibs supporters who would love to support the Ladies team throughout their season during the summer so, nudge, nudge Hibs, how about getting their home games at Easter Road…
Adding to the entertainment of the day was a streaker on the Easter Road pitch. Not your normal unclothed type but a lovely little fox who dashed from the corner of the South Stand towards the corner of the Famous Five and the nice thing? Nobody tried to chase it or catch it. Everyone just waited until it headed out the stadium and got on with its wee foxy life.