Lewis Stevenson today pleaded with fed-up Hibs fans to stick with the team and roar them to safety in tomorrow’s relegation play-off shoot-out at home to Kilmarnock.
Terry Butcher’s beleaguered side must beat the Ayrshire outfit otherwise they will have to come through a play-off against an upwardly-mobile Championship side in order to protect their Premiership status.
With so much at stake, it will be Hibs’ biggest league game since their bottom-of-the-table showdown with Dunfermline two years ago.
That night, more than 15,000 people filed into Easter Road and helped the team get off to a whirlwind start as they blew the Pars away with three goals in the first 15 minutes before winning 4-0 and securing their survival.
Now Stevenson, the only remaining player from that game who will feature tomorrow, has called on the Hibs faithful to cast aside their grievances with the team over recent disappointing results and help recreate the atmosphere from that memorable Monday night two years ago.
He said: “That backing certainly helped and I don’t know if it perhaps got to Dunfermline a bit because we certainly got off to a dream start.
“Killie have experienced players who won’t be fazed by the crowd, but knowing we’ll have so many fans behind us will help. It’s a hard thing to explain, but you get that extra little boost, you are a yard quicker, your shots seem to have a bit more power and you’re harder in the tackle.”