Michael Weir: Gambles are needed at Easter Road

Hibs keeper Mark Oxley against Christian Nade. Pic: Greg Macvean
Hibs keeper Mark Oxley against Christian Nade. Pic: Greg Macvean
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The lack of consistency by Alan Stubbs’ side is deeply concerning after we failed to capitalise on such a fine victory at Ibrox last Monday evening.

Our inability to win in front of our own supporters is a problem we have failed to overcome, with just two victories this season in the league – against Livingston on the opening day of the season and Cowdenbeath a few weeks back.

I did have my concerns in light of the result against Rangers that a little complacency would creep in against Raith Rovers on Saturday and that seemed to be the case. The disappointment at not taking maximum points against Grant Murray’s side is sure to linger around East Mains this week as the players will know themselves they have missed an opportunity to go on a good run and put some pressure on the teams above us.

At the moment we seem to be taking one step forward and two back. The formation we set up against Rangers was there to frustrate the opposition and break on the counter which worked well in our favour, but it’s back at Easter Road where we are really finding it a struggle to take control and dictate proceedings.

This will need to be rectified soon though, otherwise our opportunities to claw back the lead at the top that Hearts have already amassed will become a step too far.

I’m not sure we possess the personnel capable of taking the game to the opposition at a fast pace which would certainly get the home support behind the side.

Too often visiting teams are looking too comfortable in their surroundings when playing at Easter Road and that should not be allowed to happen.

More gambles will need to be taken if we are to move forward. There is only one aspect of the game that scares the opposition and that is goals. It’s all very well collecting points on our travels, but if we fail to improve our home form then we can kiss goodbye to our promotional credentials.

We have nothing to lose in trying to be as offensive as we can. Hearts are a team full on confidence at the moment so we cannot afford to show any naivety in our play.