Alan Stubbs today revealed the secret behind the 15 match unbeaten run which has hauled Hibs level with Rangers at the top of the Championship table and into the semi-finals of the League Cup – he treats every game as a potential “banana skin”.
The Easter Road side have managed to avoid slipping up, during a series of tricky fixtures, defeating Rangers at home while travelling to Falkirk and Raith Rovers to end their unbeaten home records and comfortably disposing of relegated St Mirren in Paisley.
And Stubbs’ players overcame another possibly troublesome encounter at Alloa Athletic’s Indodrill Stadium – scene of an early setback last season – to emerge with another three points thanks to a goal from Jason Cummings.
However, having seen Rangers put four past the basement outfit and then Falkirk another five, Hibs had to fight hard for their solitary goal as Danny Lennon’s players sought to frustrate them on their notorious plastic pitch.
Insisting three points was the priority rather than a “goal-fest,” the Hibs head coach admitted that once again he’d had to preach the power of patience, saying: “We did what we had to do, we won the game. We rolled our sleeves up, shown real grittiness and determination in finding a way to win.
“I said to them at half-time we had to find a way when the game isn’t really going your way and there’s a team just trying to stop us. That’s not a slight on Danny, when you are at the bottom of the table you have to try to do what you can to take a point.
“I think you have to keep things in perspective. Fans can sometimes look at the opposition, see they are bottom of the league and think we’ll put three or four past them.
“But there’s a lot of things you have to put into the mix, the pitch, for instance, doesn’t allow you to be at your fluent best.
“People talk about ourselves, Rangers, Falkirk, Raith Rovers, but every game in this division is a potential banana skin. There are not easy games, although sometimes you can make them a little bit easier and help yourself to make victories a little bit more comfortable.
“Again, though, we did what we had to do, and that was get the three points.”