Michael Weir: Hibs can now handle awkward challenges

Hibs star John McGinn drives through the midfield at Dumbarton
Hibs star John McGinn drives through the midfield at Dumbarton
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We struggled badly at Dumbarton at last season, so to go there and get another three points on the board bodes really well for Hibs.

We’ll never get an easy game there because they seem to raise their game against us, but all that matters is that the points are in the bag.

The bigger games take care of themselves and Hibs usually do well in them, but it’s the sticky games like Dumbarton away that have tripped us up in the previous two seasons. These are the games that win you titles.

We’ve now won away at Falkirk, who are likely to be one of the top teams in the league, and away at Dumbarton, a team who have caused us plenty trouble before, so we’ve shown we can handle a variety of challenges.

We’ve now got a good chance to make it six in a row at home to Ayr United on Saturday, which would be great for momentum.

The big thing this season is that we don’t look like slipping up against these teams who we’re expected to beat.

We look a lot more confident of handling these awkward games, whereas last year we were weak at times. The mindset of the players and around the club is changing. Teams are starting to fear coming to Easter Road again, which hasn’t been the case for a while.

It helps that we have a strong group in terms of quality and mentality. We saw the depth of the squad when Neil Lennon was able to mix it up for Turriff and still put out a strong side. It was good to get the fringe boys game time in that one because we’re going to need them as the season progresses.

Although we’re motoring at the moment, we can’t take promotion for granted. Other teams like Falkirk and Dundee United are starting to get their act together, so it’s important that we just keep on winning.

At the moment, Queen of the South look the side that could cause us most harm, and we go there a week on Saturday for what is already shaping up as a huge game. As they showed at Easter Road in the Betfred Cup last month, Queens won’t be scared of us, so we need to make sure we beat Ayr on Saturday and go to Dumfries on a high.