In all honesty I have no idea where to start with this blog. After watching Dundee Utd v Hibs I am under no illusions who is the better team (Hibs – natch) but what a game. What a refereeing disaster.
I’ll admit to nerves going into this game. Hibs Cup performances of late have been off the park but our leagues games have not been great. Scrappy, perhaps.
The hope was that Hibs would channel their inner cup into the league on Friday evening and, to be fair, they did. Cannot argue with that. Hibs ran out at Tannadice with a win in mind. Team selection was perfect, for me, and good that Darren McGregor was back in there after his cup suspension last weekend.
Referee Don Robertson started off well but finally lost it. He started off the game more or less good but as it got more aggressive he lost control. He was let down by his assistants as well, which doesn’t help. He booked David Gray after missing a blatant yellow on Grant Holt seconds before. Despite being up with play! He should have given a red card to Dundee United’s Mark Durnan for an elbow to David Gray’s face but despite looking straight at it he failed to pick up on it, and neither did his assistant. Most officials know that David Gray doesn’t go down easily and for him to have travelled before going down says a lot. In my very humble opinion that was a straight red.
It wasn’t a great performance from Hibs but it was enough. The gap has opened but we still can’t be complacent because…well, because we are Hibs. We don’t do easy. The word Easy doesn’t exist at Hibs or East Mains. It’s the way it is. We laaav the challenge really. 😉 We respond to it really. We’ve some to do but we’ll do it. We will.
Now Jason. First yellow for dissent. Silly really. Was the ref, Don Robertson, right to give it? Alright, he bounced the ball off the ground and mouthed a bit but would a more experieneced referee just have cautioned him?
Second yellow. Jason did something that looked like a Superman into the goal and sadly his hand reached the ball before his head. No idea what was going through his head there. It’s a Jason thing but if he’d only kept his hand down his nut was connecting with the ball. It might not have went in but he’d not have went in either!
Jason though. He has his mad moments. There is no doubt that Neil Lennon will have told him how, exactly, he feels about that red card. In covering his card suspension we have Keats and there is no problem for me with Holt and McGinn and, to be fair, the rest of the team clicking in.
As much as many went ‘wtf’ at the red card, Jason scored the goal that won us the game. It’s difficult to be angry at the lad for long. He’s playing superb football under Lennon and growing a lot as a footballer.
I wouldn’t say we’re on form in the league but we’ve won this game. We’ve taken them and won 1-0 so that is a lovely three points for us. The league is ours to lose! And by God we’ll try haha!
In reality I can’t see Hibs losing the league after defeating Dundee United. It would take a monumental lack of interest and we don’t have this. Dumbarton at home next on the 18th and then Falkirk on the 25th also at home. Then Morton at home on the 29th in the rescheduled fixture. Three must wins to give us something breathing space. Falkirk still fancy their chances as do Morton (away there on April 8th). It would be lovely to be able to go into the Scottish Cup semi final with the league in the bag.
Hopefully Efe Ambrose has proven himself to Hibs fans. The coolest man on the pitch at Tannadice and did his job nicely. He’s not had any “mishaps” (so far) and I think he’s been a great addition to the team. What’s the meme? Efe little thing is gonna be alright.
I’ve noticed there seems to be something of a seethe going on about Neil Lennon’s connections to Celtic. The seethe comes from other teams fans. Not Hibs fans. Forgive me if I am wrong but part of being a manager/head coach is having connections and Lennon will have many through his time as a player and a manager. So, yes, if we’ve got injury problems it makes sense to use those connections and bring in decent players. Doesn’t it? Perhaps the seethe is having a manager whose only connection is his laptop? Who knows? Or a new manager who seems a bit partial to your great rivals?
Anyway, back to Hibs. It’s in our hands now. Our fans are a different class at the moment and that is undoubtedly helping the team. We’re asking them to do a job and they are doing it and we’re doing ours.