Michael Weir: Hibs show great spirit after cup agony

Martin Boyle celebrates after scoring the first goal. Picture: Greg Macvean
Martin Boyle celebrates after scoring the first goal. Picture: Greg Macvean
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Alan Stubbs must be delighted with the response shown from his players since our Scottish Cup exit to Falkirk last weekend.

Back-to-back victories over Livingston and Alloa has been the perfect remedy to ease the pain after the agonising defeat at Hampden.

With Rangers having fought back to claim a point against the Bairns on Saturday, the onus is now on us to seal second spot with victory at the Falkirk Stadium this weekend. Three points for Alan Stubbs’ men would clinch the runners-up spot regardless of the scoreline at Tynecastle.

However, we might even find our city rivals do us a favour in Gorgie but I can assure you the manager will be stressing to the players this week in training to ignore events elsewhere and go out and win the match. Falkirk have it all to play for with cup final jerseys up for grabs so I am sure their players will be doing everything they can to convince Peter Houston they are worthy of a start back at the national stadium next month.

The heated exchange between the two managers in the aftermath of last weekend’s semi-final is sure to add some spice to this Saturday’s clash. However, we must remain disciplined in our approach and forget about the events that unfolded in Glasgow. Promotion back to the Premiership has always been our main priority this season so little has changed on that front.

Given our slow start to the season that saw us lose four of our opening six league fixtures, to be in the position that we are is testimony to the efforts of the players and coaching staff. That said, the finishing line is still some distance away.