Hibs kid Jordon Forster today admitted he and his team-mates cannot afford to dwell on the humiliation they suffered at the hands of Malmo as the countdown to the new-look Scottish Premiership enters its final week.
Pat Fenlon’s Easter Road squad were left stunned as they crashed 7-0 at home to the Swedish outfit, exiting the Europa League by a record-breaking nine-goal margin over the two legs, and leaving their own fans fretting over what the new season might bring.
The abject performance – branded “unacceptable” by Forster – was witnessed at first hand by Motherwell boss Stuart McCall, who brings his Fir Park side to Edinburgh for the opening game tomorrow week.
Today the 19-year-old Hibs defender insisted the Steelmen will face an entirely different proposition to that encountered by Malmo. Predicting a weekend of hurt for Fenlon’s players as they try to come to terms with the manner in which they crumbled, Forster said: “We can only rectify our mistakes by working hard in training over this coming week.
“Any football player losing by such a margin is going to hurt massively but you cannot dwell on these things too long, otherwise it will get you down. It’s going to hurt for a few days, but come Monday we need to get a good week’s training under our belts and put in a drastically improved performance against Motherwell.”
Forster admitted Fenlon’s players had let a bumper 16,000 crowd down badly, saying: “That’s what hurts the most. They turned out in their numbers, sharing our belief that we could go through, but obviously we let them, ourselves and the manager down.”