Michael Weir: Hibs cannot afford to chuck points

Martin Boyle is felled by David McCracken. The on-loan Dundee striker missed a chance to make it 4-1. Picture: Greg Macvean

Martin Boyle is felled by David McCracken. The on-loan Dundee striker missed a chance to make it 4-1. Picture: Greg Macvean

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After recent plaudits for our performances against both Rangers and Hearts, it would be fair to say we fell flat on our face when it came to taking care of Falkirk at Easter Road on Saturday.

Of course, credit must go to the Bairns for their spirited second-half comeback, but we should never find ourselves relinquishing a 3-1 lead at the interval in front of our own supporters.

Hibs, initially, looked so comfortable after a fantastic hat-trick by young Jason Cummings, whose goals catapulted him to the top of the league’s goalscorer charts with 11 – a great feat in itself for a player who only burst onto the scene last season.

He showed tremendous appetite once again on Saturday to get himself into the correct positions and was rewarded with three clinical finishes. But the players showed a real naivety in the second half which allowed Falkirk a route back into the game.

If we are to have a realistic chance of promotion this year via the play-offs, then these are the sort of games we must learn to see out.

The performances recently have restored some belief among the supporters that we are a side on the up, but the weekend’s disappointing result proved there is still a long way to go before we can call ourselves the finished article.

With the ongoing turmoil at Rangers this season, we’ve had several opportunities to make second place our own, but have come up short each time. Having beaten the Ibrox club twice already in the league this campaign, it has been results against the so called lesser teams that have been the stumbling block.

I certainly think the side missed both the attacking and defensive attributes of David Gray and this, perhaps, is a position Alan Stubbs should look to strengthen this month if funds permit.

I believe most Hibs fans would now accept catching Hearts for the league title is simply a bridge too far. However, with the top two meeting this Friday night at Ibrox, we must ensure we capitalise whatever the outcome by beating Cowdenbeath the following day.

Anything other than three points this weekend would be unacceptable.