Paul Hanlon has praised manager Alan Stubbs for giving Hibs the belief to excite their supporters again.
The Easter Road club are currently enjoying a seven-game run in which they haven’t been defeated in open play, with four of those matches against higher-ranked sides – Ross County, Rangers, Hearts and Dundee United.
While the recent run has been pleasing for everyone at Easter Road, it is the entertaining style of play which is doing most to endear Stubbs’ side to a support which, for several years previously, had been less than enamoured with the football on offer.
Underlining the team’s new-found commitment to attack are the eight goals they have scored in their past three games and, as a result of a fearless display in Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final against United, they were cheered off the pitch despite losing on penalties to the high-flying Premiership side.
Hanlon, 24, has been around the Hibs first team for seven years and he reckons the current side is playing some of the most enjoyable football he can recall in that time. The defender believes head coach Stubbs and his backroom team deserve maximum credit for getting the players to perform in such a confident manner.
“There’s been a massive change in the team, particularly over the past six weeks or so,” said Hanlon. “Everyone’s now got the belief and the confidence that we are good players and that we’re a good team, and we’re showing it. This is the best we’ve played for a good few years.
“We’re all enjoying our football and that’s come from the gaffer and the management team he’s brought in.
“They’ve instilled a bit of confidence and belief in us. Everyone’s wanting the ball, we’re creating chances and the fans are on the edge of their seats. It’s exciting, so we just need to keep it going.”