Jordon Forster has warned Dumbarton he and his team-mates are set to unleash the pent-up frustration which has been building within Alan Stubbs’ side when they arrive at Easter Road for tonight’s League Cup clash.
Forster and co were left shaking their heads in disbelief as Falkirk escaped from the Capital with all three points thanks to Rory Loy’s cheeky backheeler, believing that, as in their encounters with Rangers and Hearts, they had been denied their true reward.
As in those matches at Ibrox and Tynecastle, chances were created only to be spurned, the opportunities in those games relatively few in comparison to the 18 openings Stubbs reckoned his players had made against the Bairns.
Certainly on another day Farid El Alagui and Paul Heffernan could easily have claimed a couple of goals apiece, their profligacy – and that of others – the primary reason why, three fixtures into the campaign, Hibs are averaging just one goal a game.
Stubbs insisted that is not a cause for concern, an opinion shared by Forster, the big defender adamant someone soon is going to pay – with his fingers firmly crossed that it is tonight.
He said: “Last season we didn’t score many goals but I don’t think that was down to missing too many chances. We simply weren’t making that many.
“This season we are creating chance after chance, some of them very good opportunities, but unfortunately we’ve not got the goals we probably should have.
“However, one day it’s all going to click, some team is going to be very unlucky against us and we’re going to get a good few goals. I’m sure everyone is hoping it will be tonight, but we know that it will have to be earned as Dumbarton will be just as determined.
“Heff is usually clinical in the six-yard box and I’m sure he’ll go on to score a lot of goals this season while Farid already has a couple. But football is funny, one day it goes your way, the next it doesn’t. Saturday was just one of them.
“To be fair, Falkirk had a couple of chances themselves but nothing too serious, while we made enough to win two or three. Their goal was a good finish but a scrappy one for us to lose.
“There are times in football when you say ‘we deserved to win’ when a game has been tight and you haven’t managed to get the victory, but I think it was quite clear for everyone to see that we dominated against Falkirk, especially in the first half and should have won the game by three or four goals.
“There was a real sense of disbelief that we didn’t but we have to forget it and tonight is a great game for us to bounce back and hopefully score a few goals. It would be the perfect pick-me-up for us to go out, create chances and this time see them go in.
“But we can’t just rely on the strikers. Scoring goals is the difficult thing, so we need to chip in and help them from all over the pitch.”
Both Stubbs and Forster declared themselves satisfied with Hibs’ performance against Falkirk even if the display will be lost by the final scoreline. Matty Kennedy, Callum Booth and Scott Allan all caught the eye in their first starts of the season. The 20-year-old said: “Matty and Callum struck up a great partnership straight off, they linked very well and put in some quality balls.
“Callum was very attacking from left-back which eases a lot of pressure, while Matty got at Alan Maybury throughout the match and gave Maybs a tough afternoon. Scott got on the ball, made some very good chances and brought a great save out of Jamie MacDonald with a terrific shot in the first half.
“I think we were happy enough with our performance, very happy with the first half and in spells in the second half, although we perhaps lacked a bit of penetration.”
Having only picked up three points and lying six behind Capital rivals Hearts in a title chase which was always going to be tight given the added presence of Rangers, Forster is well aware of the frustration felt among the Hibs support.
But while points may not be on offer tonight he believes another solid performance allied to a win can help in the process of rebuilding a fragile confidence, a task Stubbs has been working ceaselessly at since taking charge a few weeks ago.
He said: “You don’t win a league in the first three games. Obviously we’d have liked to have got off to a better start, we’ve had disappointing results but against Hearts and again in the Falkirk game we didn’t get what we deserved.
“But it’s a long season ahead, this team is still getting to know each other, we’ll keep working hard in training and I can assure the fans we’ll be right there at the end of it all.
“There would be a cause for concern if we weren’t playing well and were losing but I’m sure many people will see how well we are playing. It’s case of us all sticking together, believing in what we are doing and as a team we’ll push forward.
“Tonight is a great chance to do just that.”