Michael Weir: Hibs winning ugly would be accepted

Jordan Forster and team-mates celebrate his opening goal. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Jordan Forster and team-mates celebrate his opening goal. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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Things almost got progressively worse for Hibs on Saturday when Cowdenbeath were in town and, at one stage, they were heading for the foot of the Championship table.

It was another hard-fought battle that took right up until the last few seconds for us to claim a much-needed three points. With the circumstances we had previously found ourselves in, sitting third from bottom prior to the weekend’s encounter, I’m sure Alan Stubbs would have taken all three points in whatever shape or form.

Confidence can hopefully now be restored throughout the dressing-room in the hope of securing back-to-back victories for the first time this campaign when we travel to Dumfries on Saturday to tackle Queen of the South.

Our previous experience of an artificial surface was nothing less than a disaster at Alloa just over two weeks ago. I hope the players have learned some valuable lessons from what was a sorry afternoon for the club.

Our performance levels are bound to improve with the more points we put on the board. However, at this moment in time in which we aim to claw back a seven-point deficit from our city rivals who lead the table, I am sure most supporters would accept if we were to win ugly.

This is an aspect of our game that has been posted missing far too long now at Easter Road and we must restore the ability to win the hard way.

We may well have entertained in seasons gone by, but the consistency of grinding out all three points has not been there.

All managers have their own style and way they want their players to perform, but whatever it takes to become successful we must adhere to.

The obsession we seem to have over our academy at East Mains needs to be put to one side just now.

The only result, as far as I and the majority of supporters are concerned with, is the first team’s on a Saturday.

As I have said many times before, producing talent year in year out is very difficult to achieve, but if those young aspiring footballers are good enough for the professional game, they will make the transition with relative ease.