The home defeat by Raith Rovers will be difficult to deal with for all the players over the coming days, even more so when you look at the clubs who have made it through to the last eight of the Scottish Cup.
You cannot shirk away from the reality of having passed up a great opportunity of making it to our third consecutive Scottish Cup final.
If one or two of the current crop were unaware of what it meant to play for a club the stature of Hibs at the weekend, then they are about to discover just what it takes.
Our record in this competition will always see pressure on the club, with the supporters so desperate to bring an end to our long-standing hoodoo.
As with any home tie at Easter Road, the onus is always on the Hibs players to dictate the play, attack with pace and try to take the game to the opposition. But the fragility of the side on Saturday was there for all to see, with a few debutants in among some of our younger ones who themselves don’t possess the experience of such a physical cup tie.
Raith simply stifled our play and travelled back across the Forth with a deserved victory, as well as a place in the next round.
It simply proved too much for the Hibs starting XI and unfortunately, in this type of game, experience is a necessity to assist in guiding the younger players through the tie.
There was a real burst of adrenalin prior to kick-off on Saturday when news filtered through that the current holders Celtic had been knocked out the competition at the expense of Aberdeen – the competition being thrown wide open. But if truth be told, we are just not good enough to capitalise on such good fortune and although there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot to play for between now and the end of the season, we must start collecting points in the league to alleviate our fears of the relegation play-off spot.
Other teams are sure to catch on that we are looking increasingly vulnerable at Easter Road and that must be a concern for Terry Butcher.
Three points against Ross County this weekend is imperative.