Jeers weren’t deserved, says Hibs boss

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs

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Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has insisted his players didn’t deserve to be jeered after a last-gasp goal from former Hearts striker Christian Nade robbed the Easter Road club of the chance to move into second place in the Championship.

Martin Boyle’s first goal for the Capital outfit looked enough to see Hibs overhaul Rangers only for Nade, who had also claimed an equaliser for Raith Rovers on their last visit to Easter Road, to head home in the first minute of added-on time.

A chorus of boos rang around the ground on the final whistle but Stubbs said that such a reaction was unwarranted, adamant his side had created enough goal-scoring opportunities to have had the game “out of sight” long before that dramatic finale.

The head coach said: “I am not being disrespectful but the result could have been the same as the Cowdenbeath game [a 5-0 win for Hibs] given the number of chances we had.

“I am not going to say I am not disappointed, but I was disappointed with a few things to be honest towards the end of the game. I was disappointed with the reaction at the end considering the way we have played recently and the results we have been getting.

“Yes, I know they were disappointed, but you can boo when the team has not played well.

“We should have won the game comfortably and I understand it was through frustration, but there was definitely no lack of effort, there was definitely no lack of creativity, which the team had in abundance.

“We should have scored a lot more goals and we should have been more clinical in front of goal. But their keeper [David McGurn] had a game where he managed to get something on a lot of the finishes, whether by luck or by good goalkeeping. I think there was quite a bit of that in a lot of them and he guessed right on a number of them.

“We should probably have shown a bit more composure, but I am not gong to criticise the players for creating 27 chances in a game.

“If I am right, it’s one defeat in 20 games – so we are not doing a lot wrong. Maybe we should have won a lot of games that we have drawn and I understand that. But the one thing I am not going to do is have a pop at the players because one result has not gone our way.

“We should have won the game, we should have been out of sight. Some of the football we played was very good. I thought we dominated the game – the only thing missing was the fact we did not win it.

“That’s the most important stat, I know that, I’m not stupid, but there’s still around a third of the season to go – a lot of points to play for.

“All we lost was two points and that’s not going to affect what is going to happen to the rest of the season.”