Hibs boss craving first back-to-backs league wins

Alan Stubbs was surprised at the statistic

Alan Stubbs was surprised at the statistic

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Alan Stubbs has admitted to being “shocked” at discovering Hibs go into today’s Championship clash with Raith Rovers seeking back-to-back wins in the league for the first time this season.

But the Easter Road head coach insisted that was a statistic he is determined to change.

Revealing he was tempted to ask “are you sure?” when his team’s lack of successive wins was highlighted, Stubbs, who led Hibs on an eight-game unbeaten run earlier this term, said: “Does that stat shock me? Very much so. One of the first questions asked last week was about it being our first win at home in six after we’d just won 2-0. But if the stats keep getting thrown in front of us I would like to keep proving them wrong, to keep changing them and if we can get back-to-back wins today then great.

“I was taken aback by that stat but it makes me doubly eager and keen to put it right. I want the team to keep improving in every aspect and that’s something I would certainly want them to improve on.”

Stubbs admitted he won’t exempt himself from such a demand, saying: “I look upon myself in games and ask was there something I could have done better and in some of the games I would be honest and say ‘yes’, there definitely was.

“But I think that’s a sign of someone who can evaluate themselves to try to be a better person, manager and coach. That’s what I like to do all the time.”

In defeating Alloa after seeing their unbeaten run ended by Falkirk the week before, Stubbs believes his side are showing signs of maturing.

He said: “I think we controlled the game from start to finish. I saw some reports that said we struggled across the line but we had 60 per cent possession, had 17 corners and limited our opponents to one attempt on goal, so that was very harsh.

“The most important thing was winning. I think we are improving. Earlier in the season, that was possibly one of those games we would have drawn.

“But our performance was dominant. We probably didn’t create 15 or 20 chances on goal, but I thought we controlled the game very well and I think that showed a sign of maturity.”