Alan Stubbs today claimed Hibs derby day defeat won’t have a major bearing on the Easter Road club’s season, adamant his side had done enough at Tynecastle to warrant at least a point.
Stubbs confessed to feeling “robbed” after Sam Nicholson’s strike and a Prince Buaben spot-kick late in the game saw the Jambos retain their crown as the Capital kings, a goal from Hibees’ hitman Farid El Alagui in added-on time no more than a consolation for the head coach.
But it was an ill-tempered game with Hibs midfielder Scott Robertson sent off having picked up two yellow cards, the second for bundling over Buaben to gift Hearts their penalty, and Jambos striker Osman Sow for elbowing defender Michael Nelson, who had earlier been left needing his right eye stitched after being caught by the towering Swede.
And the acrimony continued after the final whistle with Tynie winger Jamie Walker accused of headbutting Hibs’ Lewis Stevenson, an incident apparently missed by referee Willie Collum and his assistant Gavin Harris, although the Hearts youngster could now find himself in trouble with the SFA.
“I think the lad put his head on one of our players at the end of the game,” claimed Stubbs, “it’ll be interesting to see what happens with that one. It’s irrelevant now, but you’ve got a linesman right in front of it and you’ve got a referee. If you look at it, you’ll see what happens.”
Amid the claims and counter-claims, though, there was no getting away from the fact Hibs had once again lost to their biggest rivals, skipper Liam Craig passing up the chance to fire his side into the lead by missing a penalty in the first half.
Stubbs, however, was more disappointed with the way in which his side went from looking comfortable and relatively untroubled to losing two goals within the space of a few minutes.
He said: “I thought we didn’t look in any trouble, I really did not, then suddenly, in the space of two minutes, we find ourselves 2-0 down. The circumstances which led to the goals is probably the most disappointing thing from my point of view especially when you have a team where you want them and have quietened the home crowd.”
As in the Petrofac Training Cup defeat by Rangers Stubbs firmly believed his side didn’t get what they deserved. He said: “To come away with a defeat feels as if we have been robbed, but this is not going to have a major bearing on the season. It’s a disappointing result for us but we’ve faced our two potentially biggest rivals and to come away from those games with nothing has not been the right outcome.”