Alan Stubbs has insisted he won’t be lowering his targets despite Hibs continuing to make a stuttering start to the Championship.
Saturday’s loss at Queen of the South made it four defeats in Hibs’ first six matches and leaves them trailing table-topping Hearts by ten points.
The Easter Road club began the campaign hoping to return to the Premiership “as quickly as possible”, although with both their Capital rivals and Rangers intent on achieving the same goal, a place in the play-offs would be seen as the absolute minimum by their supporters.
Having halted a run of three successive defeats with a narrow win against Cowdenbeath, Stubbs and his players had headed to Dumfries hoping they had turned the corner and toying with the notion that three points allied to other results going their way they could even find them pushing into the top four.
But instead they suffered another self-inflicted wound, a basic mistake, which allowed Queens midfielder Ian McShane to score the only goal of the game, a strike which leaves Hibs hovering just above the play-off position at the other end of the table. However, when asked if he felt he was having to revise his goals in the Championship given the start Hibs have endured, head coach Stubbs said: “No, not at all. It is not the situation we would have wanted, that’s stating the obvious.
“But it is going to take a little bit of time to get things right. There’s been an awful lot of changes from the last match of last season to the beginning of this and it takes a bit of time.
“If we thought it was just going to be an automatic transformation from one to another then, I’m afraid, it’s not as easy as that.
“We will keep working, the players and me, and look to improve. Football is all about small margins of error, they have cost us too many times and we need to cut them out.”
Now Hibs face another club with problems of their own, travelling to Dingwall to face Ross County – without a point from their opening seven Premiership matches – and hoping tomorrow night’s League Cup tie will bring a change of fortunes.
Stubbs said: “The games come thick and fast and we have another opportunity to get a result on the board. It’s a different format, but it’s the same. It’s all about getting results to kick-start and move on.”