Michael Weir: Hibs need to find the killer touch

Martin Boyle celebrates his first goal for Hibs
Martin Boyle celebrates his first goal for Hibs
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I was fully expecting the club to be sitting second in the Championship today.

However, Christian Nade’s last-minute equaliser for Raith Rovers prevented us from leapfrogging Rangers in what ultimately proved to be a disappointing result against the Fifers.

No disrespect aimed towards Grant Murray’s men, but Hibs really should be taking all three points when finding themselves in a winning position with less than a minute left to play.

However, we’ve been there all too often to know that one goal is never enough to sit on and see out the game. We created more than enough chances to win three games but just couldn’t find that elusive second goal. Had we managed to increase our advantage, I have no doubt we would have been sitting here discussing the three points.

The additions of Keith Watson and Tomas Cerny will provide competition for places which, on Saturday’s evidence, is certainly needed. Accepting your position within the starting line-up is under threat can bring the best out of any professional football player, so it will be interesting to see if the manager announces any further signings over the course of today.

If not, the current squad should be more than capable of keeping us in the play-off zone between now and the end of the season. However, we must learn to be more ruthless in front of goal because having so many attempts in a match to only find the net once is a poor return.

Closing games out is an aspect of our game we have struggled with all season, and I just hope those dropped points don’t come back to haunt us in the remaining few months of the campaign.

We turn our attentions to this weekend and the visit of Arbroath in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

The League Two side have been going exceptionally well this year and lead the division over Albion Rovers on goal difference. They will no doubt fancy their chances of adding to Hibs’ Scottish Cup woes and leaving Easter Road with a win. However, if we are professional enough in the build-up to the match, I am sure we can take care of them on the day.