Michael Weir: Failure to kill game cost Hibs

Dominique Malonga may have scored, but Hibs' profligacy in front of goal came back to haunt them. Pic: Ian Georgeson

Dominique Malonga may have scored, but Hibs' profligacy in front of goal came back to haunt them. Pic: Ian Georgeson

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You don’t always get what you deserve in football and that was certainly the case from yesterday’s Edinburgh derby.

It was hugely disappointing to collect just a solitary point from a match we completely dominated, especially in the first 45 minutes.

It was one of the most one-sided derbies I have witnessed at Easter Road for a long time where Hibs were by far superior both in possession of the ball and the quality going forward.

Had we converted the chances created in the first half then it could have been over as a contest by the interval. However, we paid the ultimate price by not taking those opportunities, with Hearts snatching an 
unlikely draw right at the death through what can only be described as an absolutely sensational strike by their central defender.

Alan Stubbs will have been left wondering last night how his players can put in such a fine performance but yet again come up short in taking all three points.

I thought the Hibs players were inventive in their approach and took the game to our opponents. Hearts have earned a lot of plaudits this season for their attacking style, and rightly so, but they looked a side intimidated by the desire and commitment from the men in green-and-white and will have returned to Gorgie the far happier with a point for their endeavours.

I cannot help but think had we brought on one or two with that bit more experience then that may have helped us see the game out. Despite Hearts being reduced to ten men, I feel there was a wee bit of naivety that crept in to our play in the closing stages which ultimately proved costly. But with a great deal of football still to be played this season, we must strive to be in a position to capitalise should our local rivals slip up in the chase for automatic promotion.

Nonetheless, we must move on to what will be a real test for this young Hibs side when we welcome Dundee United to Easter Road on Wednesday night in League Cup action. This is a difficult proposition against a Premiership side that are battling at the top end of the table, but I am hopeful we can give them a run for their money.