Garry Parker today promised Hibs will “have a go” at Europa League opponents Brondby on Thursday night after watching the Easter Road side complete their preparations with a 4-1 win over Premiership top-six outfit Motherwell.
The Capital club overcame the loss of a third-minute goal – Marvin Johnson thundering home a terrific free-kick for Well – with efforts from Jason Cummings, Grant Holt, John McGinn and James Keatings and a performance which, Hibs assistant manager Parker believes, gives them hope of springing a surprise on their Danish opponents.
Parker was left in charge with Neil Lennon in France to fulfil his European Championship television commitments although, he revealed, the manager watched the action at Easter Road in his Paris hotel via Hibs TV.
A delighted Parker said: “It was a good performance, everybody played their part, scored good goals and thoroughly deserved to win. We have to be ready for Thursday. We’ll train for the rest of the week and look forward to it.
“Let’s not get carried away – this was a friendly and Thursday will be a different test. But we’ll have a go at them. If we play like we did against Motherwell then, fingers crossed, we can get the result we are looking for.
“We’ll be at home, we’ll have the fans behind us and, after watching this game, I think we have a chance if we play to our tempo.”
Parker watched Brondby beat Icelandic side Valur 4-1 in Reykjavik, the Danes going on to record a 10-1 aggregate first qualifying round victory in Copenhagen. But, while he felt Valur were poor, he said: “They did the job.”
Parker revealed it was a case of third-time lucky as he steered Hibs to victory, revealing: “That’s the third time I’ve taken a team in Neil’s absence and the last two times we lost, so when Motherwell scored I bet he was laughing in his hotel.
“The European match has come along quick but we’ve just got to get on with it. This was a good test for us – we played well and hopefully we can continue that on Thursday.
“We played very well and I don’t think anyone had a bad game. We went a goal down and to come back the way we did was very pleasing.
“It’s a big game on Thursday, and that’s why we changed it about a lot with a few subs. But everyone played their part and I thoroughly enjoyed the game.
“The substitutes who came on did well and you want competition for places. We’ve got a big game coming up and we’ve got a team to pick so they’ve all got a chance.
“Grant Holt offers something different and he linked very well with Jason Cummings. Previously, Jason played with James Keatings or Anthony Stokes, but we’ve got an out-ball – a big man who can take it in and win his headers.”
Midfielder Fraser Fyvie came off with a knee problem – a measure which Parker revealed was precautionary, although he was about to be substituted in any case as he sought to give as many players as possible a run-out – while Alex Harris, having picked up a knock in Thursday night’s win over Edinburgh City, is back running.