John McGinn: I should be scoring more goals for Hibs

John McGinn made it five goals for the season at the weekend
John McGinn made it five goals for the season at the weekend
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Hibs midfielder John McGinn matched last season’s goals tally with his stunning strike against Dunfermline but admitted: “It’s not good enough.”

McGinn’s strike at East End Park was his fifth of the season, four of them coming in the Championship, revealing his efforts in training had paid off.

The Easter Road outfit, however, were forced to settle for a point as a debatable penalty allowed Kallum Higginbotham to level from the spot, leaving Hibs boss Neil Lennon to once again bemoan his side’s inability to turn the chances they create into goals.

McGinn’s goal was what is becoming a trademark thunderbolt from distance, this time drilling a low shot into the bottom left-hand corner of Dunfermline goalkeeper Sean Murdoch’s net.

But it’s a sight the Scotland internationalist believes he should be treating Hibs fans to on a more regular basis. McGinn, who smacked a shot off the post from 25 yards only 41 seconds into last week’s no-scoring draw with Morton, said: “I was delighted to get the first goal. In training I’d been catching them well all week.

“I don’t score enough goals with the power I have in my left foot.

“I feel I should be doing it more often but there was no-one happier than me when it found the bottom corner.

“I was just disappointed we did not get three points because we played well overall on a difficult pitch against a good Dunfermline side. But we felt a bit aggrieved about the penalty.

“We had chances to win the game and we are disappointed we didn’t. Our decision-making has to be more consistent with the amount of possession we have and the ability in our team.

“But when you look at the bigger picture it’s another game ticked off. Falkirk managed to win but at least we gained ground on Morton.”

Hibs travel to Cappielow on Saturday for a re-run of a game which had such an explosive finale last week, a no-scoring draw ending with Easter Road defender Darren McGregor and Morton winger Kudus Oyenuga red-carded and both managers, Neil Lennon and Jim Duffy, sent to the stand.

However, McGinn insisted he and his team-mates will simply be focused on a victory which would take them a long way to finally clinching the league title.

He said: “The press will build it up but we have to focus on our job, on how important the game is. Win it and we take a massive, massive step towards winning the league. We are thinking of nothing else.”